When fixtures and lighting systems are tested under the IEC 60598, the ambient temperature is kept close to 25 degree centigrade and 65% relative humidity. After injecting the right voltage, the fixture is kept burning for four hours. In this time the temperature rise of the various components used in the fitting would have stabilized, and the temperature rise recorded through the help of thermocouples fixed to the various parts of the fitting. From this set of data, the release of the fitting is decided.If the fitting is found suitable for 25 deg. Ambient (Outdoor) and 35Deg. Ambient for indoor, it is cleared for sale, as the temperature in Europe never exceeds these temperatures. However, in other parts of the world, the temperatures are usually much higher.
Fixtures are currently tested between 20°c and 30°c which is not adequate.
Under the IEC 60598 [25°c, 65% RH], the fixture is lit for four hours until the temperature is stabilized.
If the fitting is found suitable for 25°c [outdoor] and 35°c [indoor] conditions, it is cleared for sale.
Europe rarely exceeds these conditions but other parts of the world do.
Some areas have almost 90% humidity through several months of the year. The humidity in the air coupled with water in the ground means that all components of a lighting system need to be addressed as a complete system to ensure proper functioning. The water/ humidity finds the weakest link in the system and creeps through to the other parts via capillary action which has an adverse impact on the functioning and life of the components.
Choice of hardware must also be informed by whether the environment is near the ocean, as the salines will then have an adverse impact on the componentry.
Humidity coupled with ground water means that all components of a lighting system must be addressed
Water finds the weakest link in the system and seeps through via capillary action
Alia Diwa Resort Goa:
Wiring processes: use of glands, mastic tapes and silicone fills essential to keep humidity and ground water out
Salinity has an adverse impact on the componentry.