What’s the difference in X-ray door mounted and boxed warning lights?

Introduction to X-ray Warning Lights

Warning lights are necessary safety equipment for X-ray rooms and other radiation-controlled areas. They provide a clear and visible warning that radiation is being emitted, allowing personnel and patients to take appropriate precautions to protect themselves from exposure. This article will explore the options available to you when deciding how you want your warning signal lights to be displayed and the advantages and disadvantages associated with each.

X-ray flush-mounted door warning signs vs boxed warning signs: discover what the differences are and how they can impact radiation safety in your hospital or practice.

As briefly stated, when your hospital or health practice uses X-ray, MRI, laser and CT equipment, you must display in-use warning signs outside of the room. The main purpose of them is to give employees and patients a visual prompt to stay away and reduce the chances of radiation exposure. Traditionally, warning lights would be positioned next to or above doorsets to indicate that entering this door would be entering a controlled area. However, Raybloc is able to flush mount warning lights directly onto the surface of the door, pioneering a new way for the future of radiation shielding doorsets.

While choosing the right X-ray in-use hazard lights may feel like a relatively small element of radiation safety, it can make several big differences in the long run. With this in mind, we’ve included a comprehensive overview of the differences between our flush-mounted LED signage and the older style of boxed X-ray lights to help decide which is right for you.

What is an X-ray boxed warning light?

A wall-mounted box X-ray light is a type of safety equipment used in X-ray rooms and other radiation-controlled areas to indicate when radiation is being emitted. The warning sign is typically placed outside the room, at a height that is easily visible to anyone entering or passing by.

The warning box is activated by a switch inside the room, which is turned on when X-ray or radiation equipment is in use. When the switch is activated, the warning sign turns on, indicating that the room is currently emitting radiation and should be avoided by those who are not properly trained or protected.

The main purpose of a wall-mounted box caution sign is to ensure the safety of personnel and patients who may be in or near the radiation-controlled area. The light serves as a clear and visible signal that radiation is being emitted, alerting anyone in the vicinity to take precautions to protect themselves from exposure.

What is an X-ray flush door mounted warning light?

The concept here is the same as a boxed hazard light but with a modern, more hygienic twist. Our X-ray flush door mounted warning signage uses the latest innovation of LED flat panel light dispersing technology to create an X-ray exposure door warning light. The main difference between flush-mounted and boxed illuminated signs is the fact that a flush-mounted one doesn’t protrude, it’s fully flushed into the door leaf, without affecting the integrity of the lead lining of the doorset.

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Pros and Cons of Boxed Warning Lights

Advantages of wall-mounted box warning lights include:

  1. Safety: The most significant advantage of wall-mounted box warning lights is that they increase safety in radiation-controlled areas. By providing a clear warning that radiation is present, personnel and patients can take appropriate precautions to protect themselves.
  2. Visibility: The lights are easily visible and can be seen from a distance, ensuring that anyone in the vicinity is aware that radiation is being emitted.
  3. Reliability: Wall-mounted box safety lights are reliable and durable, able to withstand the harsh conditions of radiation-controlled environments.

Disadvantages of wall-mounted box warning lights include:

  1. Cost: The installation and maintenance of wall-mounted box warning signage can be expensive, especially for larger facilities with many radiation-controlled areas.
  2. Dependence: Relying solely on warning lights can create a false sense of security. It is essential to have other safety protocols and procedures in place to ensure that radiation exposure is kept to a minimum.
  3. Hygiene: Just like everything else with an exposed surface, wall-mounted warning lights add another item to the wall that will gather dust and other particles if not cleaned effectively. On some occasions, these safety signs are positioned above doorsets where they become even more difficult to reach. Poor cleaning of these surfaces can pose a hygiene and infection risk to your clinical area.

Pros and Cons of X-ray Door-Mounted Warning Lights

Advantages of door-mounted warning lights include:

  1. Aesthetics: Flush-mounted warning lights provide a sleek and unobtrusive appearance, blending seamlessly into the surrounding architecture. This can be particularly important in environments where design and aesthetics are a priority, such as medical clinics and hospitals.
  2. Space-saving: Flush-mounted illuminated signs require less space than traditional wall-mounted lights, making them ideal for smaller rooms or areas where space is at a premium.
  3. Zero profile: Flush-mounted warning lights sit flush with the surface of the door leaf, reducing the risk of damage or accidental activation. They are also less obtrusive and less likely to be bumped or knocked over.
  4. Customisation: Raybloc’s flush-mounted warning lights can be customised to match the surrounding decor or branding, providing a cohesive and professional appearance.
  5. Easier to clean: Flush-mounted warning lights are easier to clean and sanitise, as they do not have any exposed surfaces or crevices where dirt or bacteria can accumulate.
  6. Better visibility: Raybloc’s flush-mounted warning signage use bright LED lights that are more visible and longer-lasting than traditional bulbs. This ensures that the warning is clear and easily noticeable, even from a distance.

Disadvantages of wall-mounted box warning lights include:

  1. Installation: Flush-mounted warning lights require more complex installation than traditional wall-mounted lights, as they need to be recessed into the door during manufacturing stages to guarantee that the lead protection is not compromised within the product.
  2. Retrofitting: Retrofitting a flush-mounted warning light onto an existing door is not possible given the doorset must be built with the flush-mounted warning signage contained within the detail of the doorset.
  3. Maintenance: Replacing a damaged or malfunctioning flush-mounted light may require more invasive repairs than simply replacing a bulb in a wall-mounted light. However, since flush warning signs utilise LEDs, it is extremely unlikely that there will ever be a scenario where the signage fails.
  4. Cost: Flush-mounted warning signage tends to be more expensive than traditional wall-mounted lights due to the unique materials and labour required for installation. This could make them less cost-effective for smaller or lower-budget projects if only one wall-mounted warning box is required for your doorset.

X-ray boxed warning lights vs flush mounted warning lights: which one to choose?

While both boxed and flush-mounted X-ray in-use signs serve the same purpose, their dissimilar designs affect performance and practicality in different ways. For instance, flush lights take up less room than a boxed one and only one is required. In a lot of health facilities, you’ll see multiple boxed ones on either side of the door entry which needs installing separately. This wastes extra energy, costs more, and takes up precious room.

Due to the bulky three-dimensional structure of a boxed alert light, they can be awkward to position depending upon the placement of the doorset. Boxed warning signage will also require a wiring conduit which is often surface mounted, unsightly and creates a dirt trap.

As we mentioned before, RPAs state that the best location for an X-ray warning light is at eye level. Our flush-mounted door warning light system solves this problem as it is flushed into the door leaf which makes it easily viewed by staff and patients as they approach it.

Where double doors are concerned there is no longer a requirement for two boxed hazard lights either side of the door, a single flush-mounted warning light on the door is sufficient. In terms of hygiene, our flush X-ray room in-use lights are easily cleanable as they are flushed into the surface of the door with no ledges.

There’s also greater versatility with our flush door mounted lights as well. The text is fully customisable, available in any language and can come in portrait or landscape formats. You don’t have the same luxury with boxed hazard lights.

In recent years, you’ll find more LED-boxed alert lights. However, if your health facility is still using outdated incandescent ones, you’ll be wasting a lot more energy and driving your energy bill through the roof in addition they are much more prone to failure. Our flush-mounted lights are LED and highly energy efficient. You won’t have to worry about any bulbs blowing. They’re built to last.

Safety Concerns and Regulations of X-ray warning lights

X-ray warning lights are an important safety feature in radiation-controlled areas such as X-ray rooms, CT scanning rooms, and other medical imaging facilities. To ensure their safe use, there are several safety concerns and regulations that must be considered:

  1. Compliance with regulations: In the UK, the use of X-ray warning lights is governed by regulations such as the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017, the Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2019, and the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2018. Facilities that use X-ray hazard lights must comply with these regulations and ensure that the lights are installed and used in a way that meets their requirements.
  2. Maintenance and testing: X-ray warning lights must be regularly maintained and tested to ensure that they are functioning properly and providing an effective warning. This includes routine visual inspections, electrical testing, and periodic testing of the radiation dose rate around the lights.
  3. Training and education: Personnel who work in radiation-controlled areas must receive appropriate training and education on the use of X-ray warning lights and other safety features. This includes training on the safe use of the equipment, the proper procedures for responding to emergencies, and the potential risks and hazards associated with radiation exposure.
  4. Labelling and signage: Warning labels and signage must be provided to indicate the presence of X-ray warning lights and other safety features. This includes labels on the lights themselves, as well as signs posted in the area to alert personnel and patients to the potential hazards.

Overall, X-ray warning lights are an essential safety feature in radiation-controlled areas, and their use is subject to strict regulations and safety requirements. By following these regulations and guidelines, facilities can ensure the safe use of X-ray hazard lights and minimise the risk of radiation exposure to personnel and patients.

Invest in the next generation of X-ray warning light

If you’re interested in taking radiation protection to the next level in your hospital or practice, invest in door indicator flush-mounted warning lights. While a boxed one is a starting point in adhering to regulations and promoting radiation safety, it doesn’t offer the same benefits as the new generation of flush door mounted X-ray warning lighting.

At Raybloc, our unique doorset manufacturing method means that all wiring for flush-mounted X-ray lighting is completely concealed within the door and frame, helping you keep your facility safe, functional and aesthetically pleasing. To find out more, get in contact with us today or take a look at our dedicated flush-mounted X-ray warning light page.

FAQs

Are X-ray door mounted warning lights required?

Radiation-controlled areas are required to have warning lights, but the type of warning light you have is up to your discretion. There are several advantages and disadvantages to both wall-mounted and door-mounted warning lights for various scenarios as detailed in this article.

Can X-ray warning lights be customised to meet specific needs?

Each of our LED warning lights can be edited to suit your exact requirements, whether that be a change in text, colour, or the addition of symbols such as logos and hazard indicators. The orientation of the hazard light can also be altered to fit your situation how you would like.

Are there any safety concerns associated with either type of warning light?

All of our hazard lights are wired up to be fail-safe, so they are only ever on when the X-ray generator is also on. This prevents any components from undergoing excessive use, and even if they were on for extended periods of time, the use of LEDs means the lights do not get hot when compared to traditional bulbs. All of our fire doorsets have been tested with integrated LED warning lights, so they are even safe for fire-rated doorsets.

Are there any regulations or standards regarding the use of X-ray warning lights?

Regulations and standards exist for the use of X-ray warning lights in the UK. These include the Ionising Radiations Regulations 2017, the Radiation (Emergency Preparedness and Public Information) Regulations 2019, and the Ionising Radiation (Medical Exposure) Regulations 2018. Facilities utilising X-ray hazard lights are required to adhere to these regulations and ensure that the lights are installed and utilised in accordance with their guidelines.

What is the cost of a flush-mounted warning light?

Raybloc Flush-Mounted LED Warning Lights cost £675 + VAT as an additional price to your doorset, £25 + VAT more than our wall-mounted warning lights.

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