Did you know there are different types of beacons..?

Did you know there are different types of beacons..?

There are different types of beacon lights – a static beacon, a strobe beacon, a rotating beacon and a pulsing beacon. The mode you select for your application will not only aid increased awareness, but it will also help people to know how to react.

Looking a little further into each type of these beacons:

⚡ Static Beacon Lights.

A static beacon 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 used 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 Beacon Lights.

Flashing strobe beacon 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 Beacon Lights.

A rotating beacon 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. You will often see these types of beacon lights on emergency vehicles.

⚡ Pulsing Beacon Lights.

Pulsing beacon 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 an ideal choice for these areas as they can withstand vibrations and shocks and continue working normally. 

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Different types of Warning Signals

Different types of Warning Signals

Industrial warning lights are used in a wide variety of different applications. There are three different types of flashing lights most used in industrial applications: flashing strobe lights, rotating lights, and pulsing lights.

Here’s a brief insight into the different types of warning signals:

Flashing Strobe Lights.

A strobe light is used to emit regular flashes of light. 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 that can cover a wide range.

You commonly see such devices on moving machinery, security gates, lifting equipment, service vehicles and in emergency evacuation situations such as fires, chemical spills and hazardous gas leaks.

Rotating Lights.

Rotating lights are specifically designed to provide an effective warning signal. Often used on moving vehicles, a rotating or revolving mirror light is ideal because of its efficiency. Rotating beacons have an LED internal with a motorised mirror, the mirror works as a reflector, giving a focused light beam that attracts attention. By using LED’s in these devices, they are incredibly bright and only consume a small amount of power, making it a cost-effective signalling solution.

Rotating beacon lights are used in the same way as flashing strobe lights, but you will most familiarly see them on emergency vehicles such as ambulances, police cars and fire trucks.

Pulsing Lights.

Pulsed lights, also known as blinking lights, are commonly used within harsh industrial areas as they are highly durable and able to withstand vibrations and shocks. By using LED pulsing beacons, they are also a cost-effective signalling solution.

Pulsing lights are commonly used in hazardous areas such as construction sites and on machinery.

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Lamps Explained

Lamps Explained

In today’s modern world, global warming, the environment, and energy saving is a big concern for our planet’s future. For this reason, certain lamps are no longer beneficial to be using and we are gradually moving forward to more energy efficient and durable lamps using the latest technology available.

As a manufacturer who requires lamps for our product, we have moved with technology to introduce mostly LED beacons across our range. In years gone by, our range has consisted primarily of three types of lamps; these being filament lamps, xenon lamps and LED lamps. Let’s have a look at each of these lamps in further detail:

So, what is a filament lamp? This lamp is one of the most common types of light bulb which typically contains a thin coil of wire called the filament, hence where the name comes from. They usually heat up once an electric current passes through the thin coil which produces light as a result. The advantages of filament lamps are they are low cost to purchase and are simple to use and replace. However as environmental factors have increasingly influenced the electronics market these types of lamps are becoming obsolete.

What is a xenon lamp? This lamp produces a very short burst of high intensity light. This happens by discharging the energy stored in a capacitor through the xenon flash tube that is filled with xenon gas at a low pressure. Xenon lamps use around 60% less power consumption than a typical incandescent lamp.

What is an LED lamp? A Light Emitting Diode is a special type of semiconductor diode which emits light when electric current flows through it. LED’s reach maximum brightness output in an instant when powered, is the most energy efficient of all lamps using around 75% less power consumption than a typical incandescent lamp and can be controlled into many different modes.

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Have you seen how our ‘E’ Series Beacon has evolved..?

Have you seen how our ‘E’ Series Beacon has evolved..?

D.G. Controls Series E beacon is one of our original products and now over 50 years later it is still very much a core product in our range.

This IP65 rated beacon measures 194mm x 146mm and was originally manufactured as a Xenon Flash beacon quickly followed by Rotating Flash, Pulsed Filament and Static Light versions.

Over the years this beacon has been adapted to include a sounder and more recently has been transformed into an 8-mode multi-function beacon whilst moving with the technological advancements of our time. Today this versatile product has moved on from filament lamp models as technology has evolved. It is now available in Xenon Strobe, Rotating Mirror LED, Static 360° LED and 8-mode LED versions with the 8 modes consisting of Static, Standard Pulse, Slow Pulse, Fast Pulse, Triple Pulse, Random Flash, Strobe and Revolving.

Incorporating fixing drill outs on 51mm centres for direct conduit box mounting (gasket supplied!) with alternative 3 drill outs on 100 PCD. Central 20mm diameter entry in the base and 2 side flat pads to allow for alternative entries.

There’s a reason this beacon has stood the test of time, ticking all the boxes, what’s not to love about our ‘E’?!

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Xenon Strobe vs LED

Xenon Strobe vs LED

What is a Xenon Strobe?

A xenon strobe is a lamp that produces a very short burst of high intensity light. This happens by discharging the energy stored in a capacitor through the xenon flash tube that is filled with xenon gas, at a low pressure.

What is an LED?

An LED is a Light Emitting Diode, it’s a special type of semiconductor diode which emits light when electric current flows through it.

Which is better?

– Energy efficiency.

Xenon strobes use 60% less power consumption than the typical incandescent lamp.

LED’s use 75% less power consumption than the typical incandescent lamp.

– Life span/maintenance.

Xenon strobes life expectancy is typically 10,000 hours.

LED’s life expectancy is typically 50,000 hours.

– Instant lighting.

Xenon strobes have a slight delay in lighting fully when powered.

LED’s reach maximum brightness output in an instant when powered.

– Controllability.

Xenon strobes only flash. Although they can be controlled to flash at different speeds.

LED’s can be controlled to flash, stay on, revolve, amongst other modes.

– Safety and convenience.

Xenon flashtubes need a high voltage to be able to ionize the gas and must be handled with caution.

LED’s operate at a lower voltage making them safer and more convenient to operate.

Overall, it appears that LED’s have more advantages than a xenon strobe, combined with the use of modern technology and their low power consumption, it is undeniably the ‘go-to’ lamp of today.