Since 1894, the name Crouse Hinds has been associated with the most durable lighting fixtures in the world. Crouse Hinds specializes in industrial lighting and was one of the original manufacturers of traffic signals. It was founded by a factory superintendent and former mechanic, Jeff Lorenzo Hinds and a 25 year old entrepreneur named Huntington Beard Crouse. Its first product was a changeable headlight for trolley cars and the company expanded to become one of the largest employers in its hometown of Syracuse, New York. As the company grew, the product line expanded to offer explosion proof porcelain pendants and other industrial lights for commercial purposes.
Barn Light Electric Co.® sells vintage Crouse-Hinds explosion proof porcelain lights.
What is an explosion proof porcelain light?
Explosion proof porcelain lights were commonly used in gas plants, pump houses, dry cleaning plants and oil refineries. Barn Light Electric Co.® salvaged and restored many of these time-honored designs and re-released them under our Vintage Barn Lighting and Crouse-Hinds sections. These fixtures have been cleaned up to display the exceptional craftsmanship they were made with when they were first released over 50 years ago. Just as relevant as they were so long ago, these vintage warehouse shades withstand the test of time and become the perfect addition to any industrial project.
The EV series of lighting from Crouse-Hinds came with four shade options: RLM, Deep Bowl, Shallow Bowl and 30 Degree Angle. Hand Lamps, known as Type EVH Explosion Proof Lamps, came with a moulded rubber band, a clear globe furnished with a threaded ring and a aluminum cast guard.
Explosion proof lighting was designed for use in hazardous locations where ordinary lighting with a broken lamp or short circuit in the the wires might cause an explosion. The dome, glass globe and bolts were built with enough strength to withstand any internal explosion, while the joints were tight enough to block any spark from escaping the fixture. Spaces between the lamp and wiring were sealed with explosion proof threaded joints.
Today, Crouse-Hinds operates as a subsidiary of Cooper Industries of Houston. It manufactures more than 100,000 electrical products worldwide!