Posted by on Jan 5, 2011 | 7 comments

Vintage Crouse-Hinds Explosion Proof Lighting

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!

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  1. I have a Crouse Hinds light fixture that I cannot find any reference to. It was in a military air force hangar of ww2/ korean war vintage that was torn down. It is a heavy cast aluminum box approx 16inchs high by 11 inches wide. The front attaches by four thumscrews at each corner to a cast box the attaches to the wall,and the front holds a heavy fresnel lens with a rounded shape. The light emitted from the unit is in a band that shines 13 down from the horizontal with a spread of about 80 degrees to left and right. It is obviously designed to cover a broad area of floor space and not waste light on the ceiling. It is an explosion proof design using a 200 watt bulb sitting in front of a reflector in the box. Can find no reference or examples anything like it. It weighs about 30 pounds. Anybody know what it is.

  2. Betty

    Hi Doug,
    I have sent you an email requesting photos. If we can see the fixture, that may help us determine exactly what you have. Thanks for thinking of us!

  3. I need 10/24 explosion proof lamps, prefer them Crouse & Hines, but not need to be, with or without shades…prefer with shades..
    Period correct 1945/55…
    Please call 787 980 8464

  4. Betty

    We will have someone in sales contact you directly concerning our collection of Crouse Hinds lighting. Meanwhile you can check out our Industrial Lighting category — — where we have both Crouse Hinds and explosion proof lights. Thanks for stopping by the blog!

  5. We have a very UNUSUAL light, appears to maybe be a Vintage Crouse Hinds explosion proof as well as waterproof utility light/trouble light of some kind. Someone had cut off the original wiring and added a plug in cord & it still works. Cannot find anything like it. Weighs 3lbs and is 12″L, steel/brass and the bulb is completely encased. There is no way to open it to view for any information & we dont want to damage it to do so. We have pictures does anyone there have knowledge on the very old RARE lights? Thank So much

  6. Great Article..! Thanks for sharing with us

  7. Great Article..!

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