2013-12-03 TRQT Shawn blogcat_bollards blogcat_safety_bollards blogcat_solar_bollard_lights
Solar Bollards by Reliance Foundry Undergo "Real World" Testing
Reliance Foundry’s solar bollards were struck with baseball bats and hammers to demonstrate their ability to stand up to the challenges of modern streetscapes.
Solar bollards by Reliance Foundry are designed to be tough! Not only do Reliance Foundry’s solar bollards deliver cutting-edge light management technology but they also feature design properties that offer an unsurpassed level of resiliency. They feature the same attributes that have made Reliance Foundry’s standard bollards the proven industry leader and during the design phase, they were subjected to extreme testing to ensure that they would meet all the demands of modern streetscapes. The rigorous testing included battery by baseball bats, bricks and hockey sticks. Composed of high grade material and featuring a unique design integrity, the solar bollard lights survived the rigorous testing and showed that they could stand up to the demands of modern streetscapes.
“We took steps to ensure that these bollards would withstand any abuse that was thrown towards them,” says Reliance Foundry’s design specialist, Len Cranmore. “We designed these solar bollards to withstand the demands that would be placed on them in the event of a potential riot and then we subjected them to real-world testing.”
The extreme testing showcased the bollards’ outstanding strength and durability. Engineers subjected the solar powered bollard lights to the potential stresses that would have to be endured during a riot and the results have been very positive. The solar bollards endured being struck with beer cans, rocks, baseball bats and hammers. The polycarbonate lighting fixture even remained unscathed after a cigarette was extinguished on its surface. The lighting fixture showed no signs of damage and operated at full capacity after the real-world “attacks”.
Reliance Foundry’s solar powered bollards first came to market in the fall of 2012. At this point, solar powered lighting bollards were only commercially available with rather fragile electric components. The challenge for the engineers was to create an encapsulation that would allow the fixture to withstand the harsh, external abuse of modern streetscapes. They realized that both the fixture that held the electronic components and light management technology would have to be highly protective. After rigorous testing and intense study, high grade materials were selected and a design was developed. In the outdoor lighting industry, polycarbonate is accepted as a vandal resistant and extremely durable material. Because it is both high-impact and UV resistant, it was selected for the solar panels. The electronic components that host the EMS technology are not delicate or sensitive. They are robust and feature the added protection of the outer casting. High grade cast aluminum was chosen for the outer casting and it was designed in a manner that would maximize the protection given to the already resilient lighting fixture. The designers met the challenge of creating an extremely durable lighting bollard and the extreme testing shows that these solar bollards will truly stand up to the harshest demands of a modern streetscape… even those of a potential riot!
“In outdoor lighting applications, there are enough demands to consider without having to worry about the unit’s structural integrity,” says Reliance Foundry Sales Manager Rick Pasternak;” When it comes to standing up to dangers of modern streetscapes, I believe we have created an unmatched solar-powered lighting bollard,”
Used to guide pedestrian traffic and to highlight landscapes, Reliance Foundry’s solar bollards provide illumination that increases safety and heightens a site’s aesthetic appeal. In order to provide this illumination, Reliance Foundry has matched the trusted design integrity of its bollards with an innovative solar-powered lighting system. The result is a stylish and durable bollard that delivers cutting-edge light management technology. Reliance Foundry’s solar bollards feature an intelligent microcontroller that conserves and expends energy according to prevailing weather patterns. Three different lighting color options are and lighting distribution can be delivered in two patterns Solar-powered lighting bollards are easily installed and can be finished in six different colors. For specialized applications, corresponding models without solar-powered lights also offered at a reduced cost. Bike locking arms can also be affixed to solar powered bollards. Visit Reliance Foundry’s bollard website for more information on purchasing solar bollard lights.
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About Reliance Foundry Co. Ltd.
Reliance Foundry has been a trusted supplier of cast metal products since 1927. Specialists in bollard design, production and installation, Reliance Foundry’s innovative catalogue also features cutting-edge bike racks and industrial-grade, steel wheels. Reliance Foundry sources cast metal solutions from across the globe to provide competitive prices and conveniently ships to all locations within North America. Reliance Foundry is the proud recipient of the Surrey Board of Trade’s 2012 Business Excellence Award.