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Lighting vital in unsafe areas

BEKA PRODUCTS BEKA Schréder’s Omnistar Midi, Vapourline, LEDBAY and LEDNOVA range (All pictured) are all suitable for zoned environments

LED LIGHTING BEKA Schréder provided a highly reliable and energy-efficient lighting solution that complied to Zone specifications, for AlcoNCP, in Durban

PAUL MAMEDE It is an obligation to provide the best and most sustainable lighting solutions

GRANT COMBRINK The addition of control systems with sensors further enhances the total cost of ownership of the company’s lighting solutions, especially when the right lights are installed for the application

BEKA PRODUCTS BEKA Schréder’s Omnistar Midi, Vapourline, LEDBAY and LEDNOVA range are all suitable for zoned environments

11th November 2022

By: Simone Liedtke

Creamer Media Social Media Editor & Senior Writer


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Lighting manufacturer BEKA Schréder provides the right lighting solutions by optimising the electrical, optical and mechanical design of luminaires using contemporary technology, while also ensuring intelligent and sustainable lighting solutions for improved safety, reduced energy consumption, and a reduced cost of ownership.

Africa regional manager Paulo Mamede says this is an ethos the company “always strives towards” as the company considers it “an obligation to provide the best and most sustainable lighting solutions” so as to minimise the impact on the environment.

In the oil and gas industry, Mamede emphasises the importance of “differentiating oneself”, stating that having the best performing lighting solutions helps improve clients’ safety, while offering “reliable value for money”.

This approach, he adds, is an “uncompromising principle” for the company, as people often underestimate how much of an impact the correct lighting can have on the success of an operation or project.

“If one looks at a multimillion-dollar project, lighting is often a small component, but it can be the make-or-break of the project, as the incorrect lighting is detrimental to any kind of environment,” Mamede says.

He laments that, in the oil and gas industry, lighting is often overlooked. “People only think about it when it becomes a problem, and by then it’s too late. That’s why it’s crucial that one emphasises to your clients how important it actually is,” he says, noting that this often takes place during the “extremely crucial” consultative part of the process.

He cites South Africa’s energy challenges as an example, noting that the country has become increasingly aware of the importance of lighting, and its effect on the environment.

BEKA Schréder marketing and segment manager Grant Combrink adds that, while there is often a lot of conversation around the costs involved, the focus should rather be about the “added value that our product gives to the market in regard to sustainability”.

BEKA Schréder customers enjoy an average payback period of less than three years with luminaires that last more than a decade, depending on the applied terms, conditions and application. The luminaires also allow for a significant reduction in energy and maintenance costs, which result in savings that enhance overall profitability.

The addition of control systems with sensors, which can seamlessly integrate with existing building management systems, further enhances the total cost of ownership of the company’s lighting solutions, especially when the right lights are installed for the application, says Combrink.

The company operates in a variety of oil and gas segments, and offers a wide range of luminaires that caters for these needs.

The upstream segment, which mostly comprises refineries, has strict rules and regulations about which lighting solutions may be installed in explosive or hazardous environments. BEKA Schréder offers a range of EX classified luminaires, certified for illuminating hazardous areas.

Some of the light-emitting diode (LED) products that have been certified include the LEDNOVA LED bulkhead, the BEKABULK, the linear VAPOURLINE LED, the LEDBAY highbay, and the OMNISTAR and OMNIBLAST-E floodlight ranges.

Most locations in hazardous areas are generally poorly lit with light sources generating light with low colour rendering index (CRIs) values. Traditional light sources can have a CRI of less than 50 which makes it difficult for workers to discern colours and writing. This is detrimental to workforce safety, which Mamede states is not “something one can compromise on”.

Further, while traditional light sources often generate a lot of spill light, BEKA Schréder’s LED luminaires result not only in reduced energy consumption, but also ensure the provision of the right amount of light exactly where it is needed for that area, while generating white light with a CRI of more than 70.

“The maintenance and energy savings are always an important consideration from a commercial point of view,” Mamede adds.

He elaborates that other key advantages include, but are not limited to, corrosion-resistant aluminium high-pressure die-casting manufacturing, exterior mounting lugs, as well as a high utilisation factor for optimum energy saving while maintaining a long, useful life for high ambient temperatures above 35 ºC.

All the aforementioned products have been certified by an accredited independent laboratory to the SANS/IEC 60079 and SANS/IEC 60598, and the relevant permits and certificates are supplied to all customers.

Meanwhile, midstream activities – a vital part of the other operations in the oil and gas industry – comprise many independent transport operators, depots and warehouses.

Consequently, in addition to the requirements for ensuring that such hazardous areas are illuminated by certified equipment, there are further considerations in terms of lighting, Combrink says.

He notes that in busy working environments, all employees from delivery drivers to warehouse members need quality lighting to work safely and to accurately operate machinery.

“The lighting must not cause glare or flicker that could initiate headaches and, eventually, sick building syndrome, nor should the quality of light cause employees to misjudge situations and provoke accidents,” Mamede says.

The company’s products not only offers the customer the best in class solution, says Mamede, who also notes that environmental and operational considerations “need to be factored in when advising on a dedicated approach for each customer’s operation or application”.

Edited by Nadine James
Features Deputy Editor




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