Koehler Mining Lights Vs NLT: Why the Polaris is the Most Used Mining Head Lamp

Koehler Mining Lights and Northern Light Technologies (NLT) are two of the leading brands when it comes to cap lights for miners and all those working underground.

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NLT has paved the way with cap lamp innovation, incorporating proximity and tracking tags into its world-leading and fully customizable cap light solutions.

The hallmark of NLT design and engineering is reliable, safe and rugged lamps with crisp, clean light patterns.

The award-winning Polaris cap lamp headpiece is ruggedly crafted and IP67-rated for use in harsh and dangerous environments such as mines and tunnels.

As the first MSHA-approved all-in-one cordless cap lamp on the market, NLT has proven itself to be industry leaders with its expanding range of rugged cap lights.

Building on Polaris cap light technology, the second generation Genesis cap lamp has integrated tracking tags, and the Rebel cap light provides five hours of constant high beam light or 20 hours at medium output.

The Polaris lamp is the most used cap lamp in mines and tunnels across the world, outstripping Koehler lighting products and the rest of the competition both in terms of light output and total runtime.

So, why choose an NLT light over it’s Koehler Brightstar mining light counterpart?

Koehler Mining Lights vs NLT

According to the global sales manager for lighting solutions at Northern Light Technologies, Rich Humber, the company is always striving to improve its industry-leading cap lights:

“We recently carried out independent lab testing for the IP rating on our lamps. We have been trialing different silicones and have increased our IP rating from 67 to 68.”

“The other thing that really separates our lamps from Koehler is that all NLT cap lamp components are field replaceable.”

The NLT Cap Lamp Refresh Program for Polaris, Rebel and Genesis Lamps includes a replacement battery and a free front lens, protective lens film, gasket, and sealant.

The NLT Polaris, Rebel and Genesis cap lights are available through Carroll Technologies’ online mining store:

Visit Carroll’s online Mining Shop for more NLT products, including chargers, adapters and mounting clips.

Using rugged, cordless cap lights is a more convenient and cost-effective lighting solution than installing fixed lighting throughout an underground mining network.

Not only do cap lights allow workers to carry out their duties unencumbered by handheld lights, they maintain the flexibility of a portable light source and ensure that workers are always visible.

With this in mind, what is it about NLT cap lights that set them apart from Koehler lighting products and the rest of the competition?

According to Carroll Technologies president Allen Haywood:

“We’ve been supplying the NLT cap lights for many years. It is the highest quality cap light in comparison to the others on the market, and there is a lot of competition.

“Carroll is also a service center and stocks repair parts,” Haywood adds. “So these products are much a better value for the customer in the long term.”

As a factory-authorized repair center for NLT products, as well as offering its industry-leading MinerCare 24/7 technical support, Carroll ensures that customers get the most out of their investment.

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