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NOISE LEVELS FOR GENERATORS

Threshold of pain

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 Soft whisper
Romantic very soft whisper

 (oh baby)

 Whispering at 5 feet Large freezer

 

 Rainfall Normal speech

 

 TV on low volume, Inside a car at 50 mph. or inside a busy office Private office, spouse banging on door. Your boss complaining. Heavy city traffic Car horn Auto horn at 3 feet or Rock & Roll bar Jet plane at 50 feet Wife, Girlfriend, Husband or Boyfriend nagging. (you know)
Normal breathing Bedroom at night Refrigerator

 

 Living room, suburban area Private office

 

  Light freeway traffic Vacuum cleaner Food mixer or processor Rotary mower Leaf blower Baby crying Chain Saw Siren at 100 feet 

Typical Sound Levels

This chart lets you compare noise levels of one model against another and to common noises you are familiar with.

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MODEL NOISE CHART RATES FOR PRODUCTS WE SELL

Noise levels measured form 7 meters using the (A) scale.

How Loud is Too Loud? 
Experts agree that continued exposure to noise above 85 db over time, will cause hearing loss. To know if a sound is loud enough to damage your ears, it is important to know both the loudness level (measured in decibels, dB(A) and the length of exposure to the sound. In general, the louder the noise, the less time required before hearing loss will occur. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (1998), the maximum exposure time at 85 dB(A) is 8 hours. At 110 dB(A), the maximum exposure time is one minute and 29 seconds. If you must be exposed to noise, it is recommended that you limit the exposure time and/or wear hearing protection.

Measure Up and Turn it Down:
Decibel Levels Around Us The following are decibel levels of common noise sources around us. These are typical levels, however, actual noise levels may vary depending on the particular item. Remember noise levels above 85 dBA will harm hearing over time. Noise levels above 140dBA can cause damage to hearing after just one exposure.

 

POINTS OF REFERENCE

*Measured in db(A) or Decibels

blue bullet list icon   db       0        The softest sound a person can hear with normal hearing
blue bullet list icon   db      10       Normal breathing
blue bullet list icon   db      20       Soft whisper (Romantic very soft whisper  (oh baby) (awwww)
blue bullet list icon   db      30       Whispering at 5 feet
blue bullet list icon   db      50       Rainfall
blue bullet list icon   db      60       Normal conversation
blue bullet list icon   db      65       Smallest portables, (7 meters)
blue bullet list icon   db      67       TV on low volume, light freeway traffic
blue bullet list icon   db      79       Garbage disposal, electric drill
blue bullet list icon   db      79       500 kW GenSet, (very large unit, at 1 Meter, in enclosure)
blue bullet list icon   db      80       Food Processor, blender, door bell, whistling tea kettle,

blue bullet list icon   db      81       Largest portable generators 250 KW+, (7 meters)

blue bullet list icon   db      90       500 kW GenSet, (very large unit, at 1 Meter, in enclosure)
blue bullet list icon   db    110       Shouting in ear
blue bullet list icon   db    120       Thunder
blue bullet list icon   db    140       Wife, Girlfriend, Husband or Boyfriend nagging. (you know)
 
HomeWorkRecreation

50 - refrigerator

50 - 60 electric toothbrush

50 - 75 washing machine

50 - 75 air conditioner

50 - 80 electric shaver

55 - coffee percolator

55 - 70 dishwasher

60 - sewing machine

60 - 85 vacuum cleaner

60 - 95 hair dryer

65 - 80 alarm clock

70 - TV audio

70 - 80 coffee grinder

70 - 95 garbage disposal

75 - 85 flush toilet

80 - pop-up toaster

80 - doorbell

80 - ringing telephone

80 - whistling kettle

85 - food mixer or processor

80 - 90 blender

80 - 95 garbage disposal

110 - squeaky toy held close to the ear

115 - baby crying

135 - noisy squeeze toys  

140 - complaining wife, girlfriend or FWB

40 - quiet office, library

50 - large office

65 - 95 power lawn mower

80 - manual machine, tools

85 - handsaw

90 - tractor

90 - 115 subway

95 - electric drill

100 - factory machinery

100 - woodworking class

105 - snow blower

110 - power saw

110 - leaf blower

120 - chain saw, hammer on nail

120 - pneumatic drills,

120 - heavy machine

120 - jet plane (at ramp)

120 - ambulance siren

125 - chain saw

130 - jackhammer 

130 - power drill

130 - air raid

140 - airplane taking off

150 - jet engine taking off

150 - artillery fire at 500 feet

180 - rocket launching from pad

40 - quiet residential area

70 - freeway traffic

85 -heavy traffic, noisy restaurant

90 - truck, shouted conversation

95 - 110 motorcycle

100 - snowmobile

100 - school dance

100 - boom box

110 - disco

110 - busy video arcade

110 - symphony concert

110 - car horn

110 - 120 rock concert

112 - personal cassette player

117 - football game (stadium)

120 - band concert

125 - auto stereo

130 - stock car races

143 - bicycle horn or complaining wife

150 - firecracker

156 - cap gun

157 - balloon pop

162 - fireworks (at 3 feet)

163 - rifle

166 - handgun

170 - shotgun

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