Traditionally, industrial lighting has been divided into two categories: illumination and indication. Until recently, these two categories have been distinct.
But now, manufacturers are realizing the benefits of combining illumination and indication into a single flexible device.
An EZ-STATUS device combines illumination and indication by including both white and colored LEDs that can be programmed to represent different statuses. The device can therefore be used for both task lighting and status indication.
Machine builders are always looking for ways to enhance the visual appeal and functionality of their machines.
Sleek, colorful lights that perform both illumination and indication functions can provide machine builders with a differentiating "wow factor" for their equipment and offer tangible benefits to their customers, including:
For both OEMs and their customers, illumination plus indication devices are convenient because they easily fit into the frame of the machine and are protected from damage while still being effective.
Installation of a combined indication and illumination device is simple—with just one device and only a few wires to achieve both functions.
Bright, even machine lighting is important because it allows operators to effectively monitor machine processes and see clearly when troubleshooting, refilling material, or completing other manual tasks on the machine. With multicolor strip lights, the same task lights can immediately let the operator know when attention is required.
For larger machines, multicolor lighting can help direct operators to the specific location on the machine that requires attention. A machine can be configured to activate LEDs at a specific zone to illuminate in red or yellow to alert operators or supervisors that attention is needed.
The color alerts the operator to the machine condition and directs them to the exact location on the machine that needs attention. When the operator opens the guard door to evaluate the problem, the lighting within the machine can be configured to turn to white task lighting, providing clear visibility to the operator—all with one device.
Workstations are another area of the factory where multicolor task lights provide important advantages. Tower lights are most effective when operators are looking up and in the general direction of the indicator.
Audible tower light segments can help get an operator's attention if they are looking away; however, with the ambient buzz of the factory, it can be easy to tune out audible cues as well. In addition, if an operator is concentrated on another task and looking down, they may not see or hear an alert right away, slowing their response time.
With multicolor task lighting, the light functions as a typical task light during normal operation. When an urgent alert occurs, the task light turns red, flooding the whole work space with color. The change is almost impossible for an operator to miss even when looking down or distracted.
Adding this extra layer of indication helps ensure that critical issues are resolved as quickly as possible. Alternatively, multicolor task lights can also be used to alert a supervisor when a particular station requires attention.
When people, forklifts, and other mobile equipment move around the same spaces, there is an increased risk of accidents. Intersections where visibility is poor—for example, when navigating around racking or other structures—can become hazardous. People on foot or operating mobile equipment may not see each other approaching, increasing the risk of collision.
Installing multicolor strip lights above the intersection can make a difference. For example, the lights can be turned on constantly to provide general illumination and can be configured to turn red when a forklift is approaching, indicating to people and other mobile equipment operators that the intersection is in use and help prevent collisions.
While safety and navigation devices can and often should be added to mobile equipment, creating visually controlled intersections can be a simple but effective way to improve traffic flow and streamline movement of people and mobile equipment within shared spaces.
WLS27 Multicolor LED Strip Lights with EZ-STATUS combine brilliant, bright illumination and high-visibility indication in one heavy-duty light fixture designed for use in diverse applications and challenging environments.
WLS28-2 Multicolor LED Strip Lights with EZ-STATUS® combine brilliant, bright illumination and high-visibility indication in one light fixture designed for use in diverse applications and challenging environments.
A low-profile strip light with a sleek design used to enhance visibility in a broad range of applications for workspaces and machines.