Installing Lighting Bollards with Bike-Arms and Flanged Surface Mountings
A quick and easy process for surface-mounting Reliance Foundry’s Solar-Powered Lighting Bike Bollards on existing concrete surfaces
Reliance Foundry offers Solar-Powered Lighting Bollards with bike locking arms that feature a flange at their base. Using concrete anchors, these bollards can be installed on existing concrete to provide lighting, define an architectural perimeter and provide secure bicycle storage. It is important to note that, with this installation method, the lighting bollard will offer little impact resistance. With this installation method, the two function of the lighting bollard, with bike-locking arms, are architectural or landscape highlighting and secure cycle storage. Solar-Powered Lighting bollards with bike-locking arms by Reliance Foundry are self-contained devices and require very little ongoing maintenance.
Installation Equipment Required
- Measuring Tape
- Hammer Drill or Rotary Hammer
- 1” Masonry Drill Bit
- Small Masonry Chisel
- Can of Water for Cleaning Drill Bit
- ¾” Wrench
- ⅜” Allen Key (Hex Key Wrench)
- Hammer (optional)
- Masonry Nail (optional)
- Touch-up paint (can be easily sourced at automotive parts stores)
Surface Preparation and Determining Layout
* NOTE: Solar-Powered Lighting Bollards with Bike-Locking Arms should be left in their packaging until the exact moment of installation
- Ensure that underground utility lines and pipes pose no risk:
Because installing bike bollards requires penetration of the concrete surface, it advisable to check for water pipes, gas lines and underground wiring. A core drill, in advance of an x-ray, may be required. Taking the proper safety precautions can help to eliminate expensive “down time” and prevent accidents.
- Clean surface:
Dirt and debris can affect the line of sight and disrupt placement of the bollards. Use a broom, an electric leaf blower or a pressure washer to clean the surface of the concrete on which the solar bollards will be placed.
- Study site plans:
Site plans are generally created by the architect of the project. The architect will mark the intended location of each lighting bollard on the plan. Ensure that the plan coincides with the site and familiarize yourself with the intended arrangement of the solar-powered lighting bollards with bike-locking arms.
- Measure the placement of each solar bollard:
Use chalk to mark the centre point of each bollard. Many contractors find it beneficial to snap a chalk line to achieve a uniform look in the row of lighting bollards.
- Designate your hole-markings:
Place a lighting bollard base over each chalk marking so that the lighting bollard’s middle coincides with the centre line. Use chalk to create drill-markings for each bolt. Then, remove the lighting bollard’s base.
Drilling the holes
- Create pilot holes:
Use a small masonry chisel to tap a starter pilot hole in the centre of each hole marking. This will prevent the rotary hammer from drifting while boring the hole.
- Set the depth control on the Hammer Drill (or Rotary Hammer) to 3⅝”:
Most hammer drills have a depth setting or depth control bar. If depth control is not available, use masking tape to mark 3⅝”on the masonry bit.
- Drill the hole:
Apply force to rotary hammer and create a hole that has a one inch diameter and a depth of 3⅝”. Drill on high speed, using the hammer function if available. Check the masonry bit often to ensure it remains debris-free.
If the masonry bit becomes clogged with concrete dust, rinse it in the can of water. If an overly hard patch of concrete is encountered, it can be broken with a masonry nail and hammer.
Securing the Solar-Powered Lighting Bollard
- Insert a concrete drop-in anchor into each hole:
Ensure that perforated side faces the below-ground substrate and the top of the anchor sits flush with the surface of the concrete.
- Set the base of the lighting bollard with bike-locking arms over the holes:
With the packaging left on, carefully set the bollard over the freshly drilled holes. Once the bollard’s base is set in place, remove the packaging.
- Begin securing the base of the lighting bollard with bike arms:
Place washers over the holes found on the bollard’s base and set the bolts into place. Tap the heads of the bolts with a hammer in order to secure the concrete anchors and then use a ¾” wrench to tighten the bolts. Tighten the bolts evenly in a cycle, similar to how one tightens lug nuts on a car’s wheel.
- Remove the lighting head assembly and battery from the packaging:
Set the battery on the galvanized bracket that hangs below the lighting fixture. When the lighting head fixture is in an upright position, the battery should rest on one of its narrower sides in a vertical position. Secure the battery to the bracket with the attached Velcro strip.
- Connect the battery to the lighting fixture:
The battery features a wire with a two-pronged fixture at its end. Connect it to the two-pronged socket found at the end of the wire that is attached to the lighting fixture. If the wires have successful been connected, the light will begin a test pattern in which the light may flash for up to an hour.
- Place the lighting head assembly on the bollards base:
If the light is designed to distribute light in an asymmetrical pattern, position the assembly so that the center light faces the pathway. Its beam should meet the edge of the pathway at a 90°. Secure the assembly to the lighting bollard’s base by tightening the three set screws with equal amounts of torque. Ensure that the assembly remains centered in its intended position. The set screws are composed of stainless steel and the insert holes on the bollard cap are lined with stainless steel to prevent rust. Place the provided plastic caps over the heads of the set screws.
- Inspect the installation:
At a distance, examine the plain of view. All solar-powered lighting bollards with bike-locking arms should appear to be perpendicular with the surface of the concrete. On level surfaces, hold a level vertically against the side of the lighting bollard to ensure that it is plumb to the surface.
- Check the lighting bollard for any signs of surface damage:
If the solar-powered lighting bollard was scratched or scraped during installation, it can be repaired with touch up paint, commonly found at automotive stores. Abrasions must be covered to avoid rust and ensure the proper life of the bollard.
Care and Maintenance
Reliance Foundry manufactures its products to the highest design standards to ensure their durability. Solar-Powered Lighting Bollards with Bike-Locking Arms provide an extremely long service and require very little ongoing maintenance. They do require replacement bulbs and in typical environments, the battery will last the life of the lighting fixture. The lighting fixture’s polycarbonate composition will resist most forms of vandalism and elemental damage. All Solar-Powered Lighting Bollards with Bike-Locking Arms are finished with a long-lasting powder-coating. This powder-coated finish will protect the bollard in typical North American climates, however, proper care and maintenance is required. Regularly-performed inspections and routine cleaning will ensure that a Solar-Powered Lighting Bollard with Bike-Locking Arms retains its aesthetic appeal and does not become damaged by the elements.