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December 16, 2021updated 13 Jan 2022 4:28pm

Mining Electrical Equipment, Batteries and Lighting

By Kathleen Marsh

Efficient electrical equipment and reliable lighting and battery solutions are critical to ensuring safe and smooth mining operations. The industry requires fit-for-purpose lighting and battery products that can operate under adverse and hazardous conditions.

Lighting is an integral part of mining operations, whether underground or open-pit. Solutions vary depending on the mining environment and applications, so selecting the correct lighting equipment profile is integral to avoiding physical hazards and improving productivity.

Finding suppliers of mining lights and batteries

Mining Technology has listed the leading manufacturers and suppliers of mine lighting and battery solutions based on its intel, insights and decades of experience in the sector. The list includes established mining electrical companies, leading luminaire manufacturers and miners’ cap lamp specialists, as well as battery brands.

The information in the download document is intended for mine operations managers, mining consultants, engineers, strategists, technicians, procurement officers, fleet management and mining safety officials, and any other individuals involved in process enhancement, environmental upgrade and the occupational health and safety of mining operations.

The document contains detailed information on the suppliers and their product lines, as well as contact details, to aid your purchasing decision.

Lighting solutions for mines

Miners require dependable and safe lighting systems for underground and constant open-cast operations. They rely on specialised products and services from mining electrical companies to meet their individual lighting needs.

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Lighting equipment for mining use includes, but is not limited to:

  • High-performance light-emitting diode (LED) lighting systems
  • Heavy-duty LED, Xenon and Halogen work lights
  • Rugged, industrial luminaires for conveyor belts
  • Movable lighting towers
  • Batteries for mining vehicles and locomotives

LED mining lights

LED devices are widely considered the most ideal lighting solutions for mining operations because of their high performance, long durability and energy efficiency. The low energy consumption of LED lights makes them ideal for intrinsically safe or explosion-proof lighting systems, as any shorts in the circuit would not produce a spark capable of igniting methane gas.

Unlike fluorescent bulbs, LED solutions do not have any warm-up times and offer consistent, flicker-free illumination. They are also free from harmful metals such as mercury and do not emit extra heat.

Batteries for mining vehicles and locomotives

Battery technology for mining vehicles and locomotives has become increasingly important as more mining vehicles are being electrified to improve safety and productivity while reducing emissions.

Electrified mining vehicles and batteries need to comply with industry regulations and support the demands for safety, efficiency and sustainability.

In addition, advanced safety features are becoming more critical with the growing shift towards autonomous vehicles, which require proven and reliable energy storage solutions.

Mining locomotive batteries are usually heavy-duty starting, lighting and ignition (SLI) batteries. Smart battery technologies are also being sought after to provide standby mining motive power, surface traction and mine lighting.

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