Xenon Beacons or Strobes Still Going Strong?
Xenon beacons are still playing an important role in the signalling industry. In the days when signals using incandescent, or filament lamps are being replaced by the more versatile and cost effective LED signals, the xenon, or strobe, still accounts for a large proportion of sales for most signal manufacturers.
Many people have been saying that all visual warning signals would be LED based in the next few years, just like they said Rotating beacons would be replaced by Xenon beacons. The truth is, that although LED’s do hold the future and we, Moflash, have invested heavily in the last few years in LED products such as Spectrum and the brand new Portable Eflare product line, we also believe the Xenon is just as important.
For example, the X195 Series was developed for the Far Eastern fire market and is now sold all across the world due to its’ fantastic effectiveness – excuse the pun but no other beacon of its’ class holds a candle to it. Available in both DC and AC formats, the X195 is now one of the top selling products for Moflash and in certain cities, it is the standard by which all products in it class are measured against.
So how does a Xenon work?
They work Via a discharge capacitor operating through a converter circuit which ignites xenon gas inside a tube creating a brilliant flash of light. Xenon gas ignites virtually instantaneously so maximum brightness is obtained immediately. This signal can be improved further by the use of a Dioptric (Fresnel) lens as described earlier. In some Moflash models a ‘Double Flash’ option is also available which extends the signal duration making it more noticeable to the human eye.
see X88, X201/200, X401/400 & X501/500.
Xenons have an added advantage of low current consumption combined with long life. The tube life of a xenon beacon is approximately 5 million flashes.
These units are the most efficient available incorporating a 360-degree light output with the brightest and most effective visual signal.
The other great thing about Xenon beacons is that units can be used in sorts of applications inside and out – from an indicator on a machine to warn the operator of a process change or impending problem, to an isolated pumping station in the back of beyond. The products are used in the Fire, Marine, EXD, process control and industrial markets to name but a few and can be seen in every workplace in every country.
The Moflash Xenon range offers the customer the choice of a wide range of voltages, colours, and outputs from 1 joule to 24 joules – and maybe just as important, a wide range of cost options. In todays world, cost of ownership is an important issue and we at Moflash recognise this and as such, offer units to suit all budgets.
Look out for next months spotlight on LED Beacons