Lighting - Mining

Mining lighting is essential to ensure the safety and efficiency of mining processes. So much so that underground mining lights need to meet standards of safety, durability, longevity, and efficiency. Probe’s selection of mining lighting prioritises safety and performance, offering all the safety features required by mining and the durability to withstand extreme conditions.

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Types of Mining Lamps

Mining lighting has diversified and evolved over time, resulting in multiple variants. Portable lamps comprise most mining lighting. The most common types of mining lamps include the Carbide Lamp that burns acetylene, and the Safety Lamp, an umbrella term for lamps designed for safety underground including the Davy Lamp and the Wheat Lamp.

Today, most mining lamps are fixed to a helmet for safety and functionality and consist of electric lights which are more explosion-proof than previous mining lamp iterations.

Frequently Asked Questions

Mining lighting consists of both portable light sources like headlamps and handheld lamps, as well as fixed lighting. Regardless of whether it’s portable or fixed, mining lighting needs to offer good visibility with minimal glare. For this reason, most mining lighting consists of tungsten filament lamps with a frosted bulb, or a fluorescent lamp while modern headlamps are generally LEDs.

Throughout mining history, there have been several safety lamps specifically developed for improved mining safety. Famous safety lamps include:

  • The Davy lamp
  • The Geordie lamp
  • The Purdy lamp
  • The Clanny lamp
  • The Mueseler lamp
  • The Marsaut lamp
  • The Bainbridge lamp
  • Landau’s lamp
  • Yates’ lamp
  • The Evan Thomas
  • The Morgan
  • The Clifford
  • Electric lamps

Today mining lighting is primarily electric to reduce the explosion risk, making use of LED electric lamps and electronic gas detectors.