At sites with industrial lighting systems, operators have a myriad of mounting options at their disposal. Lights and equipment can be mounted on walls and surfaces, using a variety of mechanisms, such as brackets or I-beam clamps.
These options all come with their own respective advantages and limitations. For example, some lamps that are securely mounted on a wall using screws cannot be adjusted. Lighting systems with adjustable brackets may have limitations on how far operators can tilt or position the light for illumination over the target area.
What is a Magnetic Mount?
For maximum portability and convenience, a useful mounting option that is gaining popularity includes magnetic mounts. This type of mounting system utilizes powerful magnets – in some cases, with thresholds reaching 100+ lbs per magnet. The magnets are located behind or on the side of the luminary, which allows operators to secure the light on compatible, ferromagnetic surfaces and materials.
A wide range of magnetic surfaces exist in industrial work sites. Common magnetic materials include the following: iron, cobalt, steel and nickel. Other metals, such as copper and brass, are too weak for magnets to attach to them. However, it is possible to increase their magnetic properties, by forging or combining strong, magnetic materials with the components.
Compared to conventional suction cups, magnets mounts are easier to secure and will typically stick on uneven surfaces. Suction cups require smooth, even surfaces and must be carefully positioned. Additionally, magnets stick to wet or dusty magnetic surfaces, whereas suction cups aren’t as reliable around foreign contaminants.
Benefits of Magnetic Mount Lights At Industrial Lighting Systems
Magnetic mount lights offer hands-free operation for busy operators at the work site. This not only makes workers more efficient (since they have an extra hand to work with), but also improves positioning. A hard-to-reach machine, for instance, could be difficult to illuminate by hand, using a traditional flashlight. Alternatively, a magnetic mount flood light could be attached to a magnetic pole and elevated to light up the target.
Furthermore, magnetic mounts are very easy to use. The feature does not require any tools and workers could also use them without removing their thick gloves. For work in high elevations, such as tank inspections, cleaning and equipment installations, the units can be mounted and removed instantly, in one movement. There’s no need to bring extra mounting components or special brackets.
Magnetic mount lights are not limited to handheld flashlights and spotlights. Emergency vehicles, tractors and fleets can use magnetic mount LED light bars or strobe lights for temporary illumination.