In a manufacturing or industrial setting, there are a number of reasons why it's important to choose the right industrial machine lighting. These reasons include increased safety, efficiency and productivity, as well as reduced cost. You should take special care to choose industrial machine lights that are specifically designed to meet the demanding needs and standards of an industrial environment. Here's why:

Safety

Do your workers operate drills, presses, lathes or another type of heavy machinery? If so, proper lighting is a vital component of safety. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration sets specific standards for industrial lighting, including industrial machine lighting. The regulatory agency does this in order to provide a safe working environment for all workers. A purpose-built industrial machine light like DUR-A-LITE is designed to help your place of business meet those standards more easily by providing specific features. Those features include the ability to mount the light on a machine in a number of different ways so that you'll always be able to direct the illumination to the work area. That illumination is a vital part of safe machine operation.

In addition to visibility, there is another area where purpose-built machine lights provide a safer environment. DUR-A-LITE, as an example, is enclosed in a special housing that prevents breakage from flying chips and other detritus of the manufacturing process. But a housing can serve other purposes as well. Depending on the setting and the materials being used in manufacture, you can also select DUR-A-LITE models with a housing that protects the bulb from exposure to chemicals that can weaken it, cause breakage or reduce its life.

Productivity

Industrial machine lighting has an obvious benefit: it increases efficiency and productivity. Clearly, there's more to proper industrial lighting than wattage and lumens. DUR-A-LITE can be mounted in many different orientations so that the light is directed at the right angle to illuminate without causing glare or eyestrain. With the lights positioned correctly, employees will spend less time straining to see their work and be able to work more quickly and efficiently. Poor illumination can also cause headaches and other ill effects, which can result in decreased productivity.

Savings

Every business needs to make a dollar stretch further. High-quality industrial machine lighting can save you money in several different ways.

* Longer Bulb Life: The vibration of heavy machinery can shorten the life of ordinary light bulbs. Lathe lights, mill lights and press lights are made with special housings that reduce the effect of the vibration on the bulb. You save money by not having to replace them as often.

* Avoid Regulatory Fines: Providing the appropriate industrial machine lighting helps you comply with regulations and avoid fines.

* Reduce Injuries: Better lighting means fewer injuries, and less money spent for medical claims and workers' compensation claims.

Look for a high-quality line of industrial machine lighting products that include lights, housings and mounts for use with drill presses, lathes and other types of heavy machinery. The line should include mill lights, lathe lights, press lights and lights designed to mount on nearly any type of machinery.