Powder Coating Q&A: Lighting for a Powder Booth
Q. We need to add more lighting to our powder booth and application area. What codes or other issues should we consider while selecting light fixtures around the powder booth?
A. Good lighting in a powder booth is essential. You cannot effectively coat what you cannot see.
According to National Fire Protection Association, lights can be installed in the walls of the booth with a lens that meets Class I, Division 2 electrical requirements. They can be installed in the ceiling with the same requirement. I like to see lighting in the wall near the manual openings and in the ceiling, too. You may also be a candidate for LED fixtures, which provide more intense lighting with fewer fixtures that can last a long time and use little energy.
Originally published in the March 2016 issue.
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