Daisy chaining is a wiring scheme in which multiple devices are wired together in sequence or in a ring. This process allows for quicker installation and less cabling.
Choosing and placing work lights on a construction site is crucial to the success of the project. By providing lighting you improve the efficiency and safety of the workforce however it comes with challenges. Today, we see many lights being installed on tripods with cables running along the ground which cause trip hazards and possible fire risk depending on the light being used. As the work-space expands, more lights have to be added which amplifies the risk and we haven’t even spoken about the cost to hire/procure and operate all these lights.
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So how can we mitigate these risks and make the site safer?
By changing the way we have always done it and by installing efficient temporary lights which can be daisy chained. So when we talk about daisy chaining, what do we actually mean? Daisy chaining is a wiring scheme in which multiple devices are wired together in sequence or in a ring. This process allows for quicker installation and less cabling.
The Beacon360 Blaze manufactured by Lind Equipment is an amazing light due to its robust construction, low onsite power consumption, weight, lumens generated and capability to be daisy chained. So how do we do it, lets look at an example to explain the process in more detail.
Each Beacon360 Blaze is supplied with connectors and connection tail of 8m which are compatible thus allowing your onsite electrician to connect each light without having to install additional cables. For optimum performance, it is recommended to mount each light at a height of 5m and spaced 15m apart. Each light is supplied with an eye bolt which will assist with the installation otherwise you could use the clamp mount supplied by Lind Equipment and attach the light to installed fixtures.
In the above example, 4 Beacon360 Blaze lights have been installed and allowing the Contractor to illuminate a room of 75m x 30m x 5m. As the lights are mounted to the ceiling, there is no risk to the workforce tripping over power cables. As the lights are maintenance free and guaranteed for 50,000hrs, you won't require additional ‘Permits to Work’ to conduct maintenance as you would if you installed Metal Halide lights.
Now that we have addressed the safety issues, let's talk about the savings you can obtain by installing the Beacon360 Blaze lights in daisy chain configuration on your Site. Traditionally, an electrical contractor would have to install 400W Metal Halide Highbay lights to achieve the desired effect as shown in the example above. Metal Halide lights have been around for years and have many drawbacks like being power hungry, extremely hot when operating, derate very quickly and require a cool-down period before they can be operated again. These lights would use 1840W of power which equates to 1.840kWH’s. By installing Beacon360 lights, you will only use 480W of power which equates to 0.48kWH’s. So by making small changes, you have reduced your power consumption by 1.36kWH’s which equates to a saving of 74%.
Depending on the size of your Site and the duration of the project, you could potentially save thousands of $’s in power bills.
Below are examples of installations around the world where the Beacon360 Blaze has been installed in daisy chain configuration and saved the Customers $’s.