Following a review of vehicle maintenance shop environments across North America, experts at heavy-duty vehicle lift provider Stertil-Koni, which has been in the vehicle lift business for seven decades, has determined that professional lighting is one of the keys to enhancing overall shop safety and performance.
The stakes are high and the payoffs big when it comes to worker safety, notably in reducing accidents, minimizing eyestrain, and increasing overall efficiency and productivity.
“Mission number one at any vehicle maintenance and service facility is to deliver a safe environment for its personnel,” said Dr. Jean DellAmore, president of Stertil-Koni.
“Providing portable, area-specific under-vehicle lighting is vital to ensuring shop safety and efficiency,” continued Peter Bowers, technical sales manager at Stertil-Koni. “Whether techs are doing routine maintenance, removing components, or installing new parts, lights brighten the environment and help reduce overall repair time.”
For its part, Stertil-Koni has incorporated lighting into its lifting systems and has engineered new technologies for a well-lit workspace by offering a variety of options:
- Mobile column lift lighting: Consisting of two IP-67 dust and water resistant rated fixtures, illumination is available on all mobile column (and platform) lift models manufactured by Stertil-Koni.
Fixtures for DC-powered mobile column lifts utilize LED technology whereas fixtures for AC-powered mobile column lifts use fluorescent technology.
These lights ensure that workspace around the mobile lift is well-lit.
- Four-post platform lift lighting: The four-post lift has impact-resistant LED lights, as do all models of Stertil-Koni lighting systems. In this case, they switch on and off automatically just above floor level, illuminating even the darkest undercarriages.
- SKYLIFT - Platform lift lighting: Special LED lighting is available for the SKYLIFT, a true, vertical rise platform lift from Stertil-Koni. These LED lamps consist of high output light engines coupled to a solid reflector tube. The lamps are virtually unbreakable and as bright as conventional fluorescent tubes.
Also available is a moveable light fixture for use anywhere around the shop.
- Palm Light: The Stertil-Koni Palm Light, provides up to 800 lumens of directed light. It is contained in a die-cast aluminum housing and is powered with a lithium-ion battery. The Palm Light is IP65 dust and water resistant, and comes with a 12.6V 0.8A charger with a magnetic charging base. The tripod that supports the light is magnetic.
“Safety has always been at the forefront of design at Stertil-Koni,” said DellAmore. “Our lighting systems help ensure a more visible workspace for technicians, allowing for a safe, well-lighted lifting approach — every time.”