Focus on: The HaloTM

By Kim Biggar

The HaloTM 360-degree personal safety and task light is much what you’d expect, given its name. It’s a ring that attaches to a hardhat and wraps the head in light, illuminating both the person who wears it and the person’s workspace. It can be seen from over a quarter-mile away.

Illumagear, Inc. launched its first product, the Halo Light, at CONEXPO 2014. At this year’s CONEXPO, from March 7 to 11 in Las Vegas, Illumagear is revealing HaloTM, its next-generation product. Halo is cord-free and does not require a battery pack, unlike the Halo Light.

Max Baker developed a prototype for the original Halo Light after seeing a need in the construction industry for a mobile personal lighting system that would provide 360-degree illumination. Having started in construction laying sewer pipe, Baker knew how dangerous construction work sites can be, and became focused on improving the safety of people in risky environments. He and Andrew Royal became co-founders of Illumagear in late 2012.

The company is based in Seattle, Wash. Baker is now CEO, and Royal is president and chief product officer.

Product details

The Halo’s design eliminates shadows and reduces a worker’s reliance on stationary light sources. Its spring retention clips keep it firmly attached to a hardhat, but also make it easy to remove. It works with any standard hardhat, from manufacturers including MSA, Bullard, Fibre Metal, North and numerous others.

The LED lights on the Halo are expected to last about 36,000 hours. It has four light modes:

  • Halo, which provides full brightness of 276 lumens in 360 degrees – used when moving around and performing a number of jobs on a job site
  • HI-Alert, which rotates in 360 degrees – useful when flagging or operating around cranes, moving vehicles and machinery
  • Task, which provides maximum brightness of 82 candela on the front third to illuminate the immediate work area out to the visual periphery – good for working on a specific task in a dark area
  • Dim, a 360-degree, 49-lumen light – useful when working in close proximity to others

The light has been engineered to work in tough conditions. It keeps out dirt, dust and water, and can be used in snow or rain. Testing has included dropping the unit from several storeys onto cement and driving over it.

The new Halo is powered by a single, on-board 18650 lithium-ion rechargeable battery that lasts at least 5.5 hours in any mode. For people working longer shifts in low-light environments, the battery is easy to replace.

While the Halo is new to the market, its predecessor, the Halo Light, has won 17 awards, including the Construction Innovation Forum NOVA Award and the first-place Innovation Award in 2015 from the American Traffic and Safety Services Association. It has been endorsed by the American Association of Safety Councils, and is now being used by more than half of the state Departments of Transportation in the U.S.

As Royal said, “The Halo is a personal active safety system that helps the worker see and be seen.”

Case study
Among the companies that are using the Halo light is an Edmonton-based construction company that provides site-acquisition, engineering, construction, tower-installation and inside-plant services for one of the largest networks of first responder radio-communication systems in North America.

Building and maintaining the communication towers involves a lot of low-light situations and electrical safety concerns. Towers are typically in remote locations without permanent lighting. The employer had been searching for a hardhat lighting solution for field personnel for over two years. The Halo light enabled workers to see much better and avoid electrical safety issues as they climbed poles and upgraded electrical equipment.


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