Finding the right lighting for your cleanroom can be difficult depending on your air filtration systems and the class of your cleanroom. The experts at Gerbig Cleanrooms can help by providing the correct cleanroom light fixtures for your AireCell® modular cleanroom. When installing lighting systems, consider the ISO class of your cleanroom. Every class of cleanroom has its own light specifications, so finding the correct light fixture for your cleanroom is where Gerbig steps in.
You need cleanroom light fixtures that maintain the integrity of the workspace, require little maintenance, and of course, provide appropriate light. Light fixtures for cleanrooms are separated based on class because the ceiling, HVAC system and environment required vary from cleanroom to cleanroom. The ceiling of your cleanroom may be covered with filters, leaving little room for light fixtures. Explore the best methods for cleanroom lighting and find the right cleanroom light fittings for your cleanroom solutions with help from Gerbig.
Your cleanroom lighting requirements will vary depending on the different process areas of your cleanroom. In each, you want the fewest number of cleanroom lighting fixtures to obtain the desired amount of lighting. Remember that you also need to minimize glare. Fluorescent lighting is the most common, but LED is becoming more available for a controlled environment.
Certain materials best resist contamination and withstand rigorous cleaning procedures, making them ideal for cleanroom lighting. These materials are usually aluminum, stainless steel, or carbon steel. Your cleanroom lighting fixtures should be welded or sealed shut. If your cleanroom needs to be hosed down periodically, you’ll need to wet-list your fixtures before purchasing them.
For easy cleaning and minimal dust/dirt accumulation, cleanroom lighting lenses should have a smooth outer surface. Acrylic lenses are the most durable, making them the most popular. There are many lenses and diffusers available for each classification level.
Cleanroom Light Fixture Styles
When choosing your cleanroom lighting system, the first thing you’ll look at is the fixture style. There are three common ones, and your choice will depend largely on the ISO class of your cleanroom.
ISO 8 to ISO 5:
Recessed troffers are most ideal in these environments. There is enough space in the ceiling and plenum in all cases. Your typical ISO 8 – 5 cleanrooms are pharmaceutical, semiconductor, chemical lab, and electronic assembly.
ISO 5 and ISO 4:
These are moderately demanding classifications. For an open-area design, surface-mount teardrops are suitable light fixtures. They are mounted to a 2-in.-wide ceiling grid individually or in a continuous row. The aerodynamic shape of these fixtures minimizes disturbances in the laminar airflow.
ISO 3 and ISO 4:
With the high air filtration requirement here, there is not enough room for recessed troffers. Surface mounts are installed below the ceiling plane and are therefore very efficient.
Find a Cleanroom Lighting Solution Today
No matter the class of your cleanroom, contact Gerbig today and we can provide you with cleanroom lighting solutions that make your manufacturing and processing efforts easier. Reach out to us today