Lighting in paint storage areas on cruise vessels should provide a safe working environment. The lighting needs to be reliable and the luminaires must be maintenance-free and achieve a certain level of light intensity.
Different areas on a ship have particular lighting demands
Paint storage is a small but special area on-board a cruise vessel. In these areas, paint and thinners are typically stored and handled. Special requirements on lighting installed in these areas include explosion-protection and resistance to chemical gases/vapours. In addition to these requirements, the fixtures must be easy to install, maintenance-free and should provide sufficient light intensity with appropriate colour rendering (CRI) in order to avoid selecting incorrect colours of paint.
Important factors when selecting lighting solutions for paint storage areas:
- No maintenance and reduced power consumption (high energy efficiency).
- Different mounting options.
No maintenance and reduced power consumption
An important requirement on-board a cruise vessel is to install luminaires that are virtually maintenance-free. This reduces or eliminates the labour costs primarily associated with the maintenance, servicing and replacement of luminaires in difficult-to-reach locations with either poor access or often no access at all. The luminaires should consume as little energy as possible in order to reduce the size of power generators, save energy and minimise pollution. The efficiency and life span of LED lighting continues to improve. LED luminaires are virtually maintenance-free, which means that cruise vessels with LED lighting will have lower operating costs compared to vessels with conventional luminaires. In addition, the reduced power consumption of LED lighting onboard has a positive impact on the cruise vessel’s Air Conditioning system, as less heat is emitted from the lighting, which means less AC power is needed and fuel consumption is reduced. The initial investment of the LED installation may be higher than a traditional lighting installation, but the reduced energy consumption and lower maintenance costs of LED lighting means that this price difference will be quickly recouped and payback on the investment is recovered quickly.
Different mounting options
As there are many different mounting scenarios on-board a cruise vessel, the luminaires should provide a range of options to allow the same fixture to be used in all cases. This means a wide range of brackets should be available for flexible mounting distances.
As soon as the luminaires are installed in areas where potentially explosive gases occur, the installed fixtures must be approved according to the explosion-proof classes required for that area.
All lighting products for paint storage areas should be designed in accordance with marine standards and regulations.