What is a Beacon?

What is a Beacon?

What is a beacon? What applications would require a beacon?? Let us enlighten you!

A beacon is a purposely noticeable device that is designed to attract attention to a certain location. Beacons are undeniably one of the most beneficial devices that we have that helps not only in providing safety, but also security.

In today’s modern age of technology, beacons have been used to assist and support many different applications and continue to work well as they draw the attention required to create a safe and secure environment.

The top applications/areas beacons are most commonly used are:

Industrial/Marine Applications; for example, loading bays, warehouses, factory floor and marine ports/docks.
Since industrial and marine environments can be hazardous, it’s important to consider a product that can withstand harsh weather conditions, shock and vibration.
Within an industrial environment they also need to be bright and loud enough to be seen/heard over the machinery that may be in place.

Fire Warning Applications; for example, fitted to ceilings and doors to alert to fire exits and assembly points, pointing to the location of fire-fighting equipment.
These warning signals are usually installed in commercial buildings and other establishments that require added public safety measures such as hospitals and schools.

Automotive Applications; for example, slow moving vehicles, forklift trucks, emergency vehicles, tractors and airport baggage vehicles.
Automotive applications generally use amber, flashing warning signals however there are some instances when this needs to be changed, for example emergency vehicles require a coloured flashing light, mostly blue or red.

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What are Beacons used for?

What are Beacons used for?

If you stopped right now and looked around, the chances are that you would notice at least one type of beacon.

Whether it be in the office or on the street, they are the most common visual indicator and part of everyday life.

There are so many uses for beacons:

Warning Beacons

The most common beacons are the ones that draw your attention to a specific hazard for example to warn you of an emergency.

Traffic Light Beacons

Used to direct the flow of vehicle traffic. Most recently during COVID, they have been useful to assist shops and supermarkets with the flow of customers.

Vehicle Beacons

Beacons that are attached to vehicles to warn of their presence such as police and ambulance vehicles, wide-load HGVs, forklift trucks and quarry vehicles.

Beacons for Navigation

To warn aircrafts for example of obstacles such as buildings and cranes.

Beacons for Automation

Stacking beacons assist in manufacturing environments such as a production line that requires attention.

The list is endless!

We offer a wide range of beacons designed for such purposes – visit our website to find out more www.beaconlamps.com, or contact our dedicated Sales Team!

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Going for Gold!

Going for Gold!

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved EDATA Gold Standard and are now listed within the Electrical Distributors’​ Association (EDA) EDATA data pool. We are immensely grateful for the help and guidance of the teams at the EDA and NG15 Ltd in working with us to reach this milestone.

“This is just the first batch of products to be listed.”, said Jon Whiten, “The initial upload represents our core stocked ranges and work continues to add new & existing lines over the coming weeks – watch this space!”

Gold Quality Data is increasingly vital in supporting B2B sales, particularly in the Electrical Wholesale sector, providing a seamless Manufacture to End-user experience.

How To Choose the Right Warning Signal

How To Choose the Right Warning Signal

When choosing a warning signal there are many things that need to be considered for selecting the correct warning signal for the intended environment. Firstly, you need to start by looking at the location of the intended warning signal and consider:

– The IP rating needed by the signal enclosure.

– The ambient temperature of the area.

– The available electrical supply in the area.

– The noise level if selecting a sounder.

– The existing light in the area if selecting a beacon – note, it needs to be brighter than the lights already in place.

– Potential explosion area.

Bearing these points in mind, you now need to consider the application fully that the warning signal is to be used on. Below are examples of the top three application/areas warning signals are most commonly used:

Industrial/Marine Applications

For example, loading bays, warehouses, factory floor and marine ports/docks.

Since industrial and marine environments can be hazardous, it’s important to consider a product that can withstand harsh weather conditions, shock and vibration.

Within an industrial factory, they also need to be bright and loud enough to be seen/heard over the machinery that may be in place.

Fire Warning Applications

For example, fitted to ceilings, doors to alert fire exits and assembly points. Fire warning signs may also point to the location of fire-fighting equipment.

These warning signals are usually installed in commercial buildings and other establishments that require added public safety measures, such as hospitals and schools.

Automotive Applications

For example, slow moving vehicles, forklift trucks and emergency vehicles.

Automotive applications generally use amber, flashing warning signals as you may have seen on a wide range of vehicles from tractors to airport baggage vehicles however there are some instances when this needs to be changed for example emergency vehicles require a coloured flashing light, mostly blue or red.

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What is a Beacon?

Different Type of Beacons

There are many different types of beacon lamps with varying modes, however the most common modes are Static, Strobe, Rotating and Pulsing. Here we will take a look into each of these modes, as the mode you select for your application will not only aid increased awareness but it will also help people to know how to react.

Static Lights.

A static light is a light that is constantly lit, also called steady lights by many. It draws awareness to its application and is most commonly seen as a sign that something is safe. For example; static lights are mostly shown in the colour green, a colour people recognise as safe. The calming green colour and continuously lit light symbolize to most that it is safe to continue with your task.

Strobe Lights.

Flashing strobe lights feature a high signalling effect through bursting white light and are widely used in warehouses and industrial facilities. This device is composed of a glass tube filled with xenon gas that helps to produce a bright flashing sequence and are ideal to use when a wide area needs covering.

Rotating Lights.

A rotating light is specially designed to provide an effective warning signal and are most commonly used on moving vehicles because of its high efficiency. This device consists of a motorised mirror which works as a reflector giving a focused light that attracts attention. As always, these can be used on many different applications but you will often see them on emergency vehicles and lorries.

– Pulsing Lights.

Pulsing lights are often used in hazardous areas where due course and attention is required. The flashing light often signals caution is required. An LED pulsing light is often an ideal choice for these areas as they can withstand vibrations and shocks and continue working normally.

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