ATEX lighting is a must for any technician working in dark conditions. ATEX torches are specifically designed to provide high-quality, powerful light while withstanding harsh conditions. When choosing an ATEX torch, it is important to consider the following factors: certification level, brightness, beam distance, runtime, and weight.

Certification Level

The level of certification on the torch is often the first factor to consider. This will be dictated by the ATEX Zone that you will be using the torch in. This ranges from ATEX Zone 0 to ATEX Zone 1 and finally, ATEX Zone 2. It is vital to get the correct certification level for the area work is being carried out in, though generally speaking, the higher the level of certification, the higher the cost of the unit. If you won’t be going into Zone 0 areas then it may not be necessary to use a torch of such a level of certification.


The brightness of an ATEX torch is measured in lumens. The higher the number of lumens, the brighter the light. If you will be working in very dark conditions, you will need a torch with a high lumen output. However, if you only need a small amount of light, a lower lumen output may be sufficient.

Beam Distance

The beam distance is the maximum distance that the light from the torch can travel and still be bright enough to see by. If you will be working in large areas or at long distances from your light source, you will need a torch with a long beam distance.


The runtime is the amount of time that the torch can stay on before needing to be recharged or replaced. If you will be using the torch for long periods of time, you will need one with a long runtime which can have an impact on both the weight and the brightness of the torch.


The weight of the torch is important to consider if you will be carrying it for long periods of time. A lighter torch will be easier to carry than a heavier one. However, a heavier torch may be more durable and have a longer runtime than a lighter one.

When choosing an ATEX torch, Exloc has a wide variety available and we have the experience to help you find the ideal solution for you. If you are looking to upgrade or change what you are currently using then contact Exloc today!


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