Confined Space Lighting
One of the more challenging applications for lighting systems is the illumination of confined spaces. Such a challenge was presented to the CRS Electronics team by members of the NASA Ames Research Center. Built in 1956, the Unitary Plan Wind Tunnel at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California is an impressive example of engineering and design. As part of the continuous improvement program, the facility has been testing a variety of LED systems to increase existing light levels, decrease maintenance cost and improve visibility for a wide range of cameras and sensors.
After a meticulous evaluation process the fixtures have been selected for the project. Currently the Wind Tunnel Division is using the flood lights to provide general illumination inside the tunnel and linear low profile lights are replacing fluorescent fixtures inside the confined space surrounding the tunnel. In contrast with most options that have been evaluated, the CRS Electronics flood lights are able to maintain optimal case temperature when exposed to the low pressure environment of the Wind Tunnel during normal operation. Special considerations where given to the lens selection for the linear lights. While preventing excessive glare, the linear lights deliver exceptionally high quality light, allowing operators close proximity without experiencing glare discomfort. The low voltage operation of both fixtures provides additional safety to the NASA personnel and removes the dangers associated with high voltage lines in confined spaces.
In addition to improving overall visibility, decreasing power consumption and eliminating the need for frequent maintenance, the upgraded lighting is impact resistant to prevent accidental damage, which can accrue with conventional fluorescent tubes.
The final result …
CRS Electronics fixtures met the needs of NASA’s wind tunnel facility. Permanent installment on this project showcases CRS Electronics’ commitment to industrial design, research and innovative products.