Grants Pass, OR – March 24, 2008 – AE LIGHT announces its Xenide® model AEX20(TM) HID Personal Searchlight, has passed initial explosion proof testing and is now certified for safe operation in Class 1, Division 1, Groups, A, B, C, & D environments (all gases). Testing is ongoing for Groups E, F, & G (Dusts). The AEX20(TM) is now safe for use in environments where the threat of a possible explosion exists, and is the only HID Searchlight in this category to achieve this rating.

Class I locations are areas where flammable gases may be present in sufficient quantities to produce explosive or flammable mixtures, such as engine compartments, sewer pipes, accident scenes, broken gas lines & cargo holds. Division 1 designates an environment where flammable gases, vapors, liquids, combustible dusts or ignitable fibers and flyings are likely to exist under normal operating conditions, such as oil refineries, gas companies, chemical plants, pipe lines, & gas transfer stations. Additionally with the new certification, the IP rating for all Xenides® has been upgraded to IP68 (with waterproof battery). IP68 is totally protected against dust and protected against long periods of immersion under pressure.

Testing is ongoing at Immana Labs for Groups E (atmospheres containing metal dust – including aluminum, magnesium, and their commercial alloys, and other metals of similarly hazardous characteristics), F (atmospheres containing carbon black, coal or coke dust), and G (atmospheres containing flour, starch, or grain dusts).

Originally designed for law enforcement, fire fighters, border patrol, search & rescue, maritime interdiction, and long-range target identification, AE Xenide® HID Personal Searchlights are also ideal for recreational activities including camping, hunting, hiking, aviation, boating or as an emergency light. AE Xenides® give the public the opportunity to own the most powerful HID searchlight in its class that is small, portable, light weight, and safe to use.

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