By introducing its new Areamaster LED luminaire, Appleton has re-invented the floodlight category with a fixture offering the industry's highest lumens-per-watt output, superior color rendering, and a service life of more than 60,000 hours. Inheriting the corrosion-resistant protection of the original Areamaster yet weighing less than half its weight with a much smaller footprint, this completely redesigned luminaire is an energy-saving solution targeted for adverse and hazardous locations (Class I Div.2.). Suggested applications include petrochemical plants, pulp and paper mills, sewage treatment centers, and marinas, as well as outdoor areas such as parking lots or public spaces where rough weather is a problem.
The Areamaster LED is versatile with a universal design for flood or high-bay mounting, making it ideal for replacing virtually any HID, fluorescent or incandescent fixture. Rated at 127 watts, it delivers an optimal 13,000+ lumens of cool white light in a 131 degree (horizontal) x 134 degree (vertical) beam spread - exceptionally wide for a fixture measuring only 15-inchs square. Moreover, its highly directional light does not require the use of external optics, resulting in system efficiencies as high as 80 percent. A standard HID lamp offers only 40 percent efficiency since its light can only be controlled using a reflector or refractor. The Areamaster LED has a corrected color temperature of 5650K resulting in a cool white hue and an impressive Color Rendering Index (CRI) rating of 70. This compares favorably to the 62 CRI rating for a pulse start metal halide or the 22 CRI rating of a high-pressure sodium lamp.
The AreaMaster LED features a one-piece die-cast aluminum housing. It is enclosed and gasketed with a single piece of formed silicone rubber that eliminates the need for splicing that could potentially lead to vapor or dust ingress. An architectural bronze polyester finish protects it from damaging UV rays, rough weather, and salt water. For an added measure of protection, the lens is made of thermal-shock, impact-resistant glass that won't fade due to exposure to the sun. Moreover, the LEDs the fixture employs are resistant to shock and vibration, are "instant-on" even in cold weather, plus produce very little heat in the beam and contain no mercury. The Areamaster LED boasts contemporary styling coupled with a lightweight, easy to install and service design. Its hinged door remains captive when open for ease of installation. Only four screws must be loosened to gain full access to the LED driver and array, a vast improvement over competitors' floodlights fastened together by more than a dozen screws. In addition, the Areamaster LED weighs a mere 22 pounds, so the compact size combined with lightweight results in a lower wind loading when mounted on a pole application