Installing Lighting Bollards with Bike-Arms and Anchor Castings
Step-by-step directions on how to install Reliance Foundry’s Solar-Powered Lighting Bollards with Bike-Locking Arms on new concrete surfaces.
Solar-powered lighting bollards with bike-locking arms can be easily installed in stand-alone applications and require no hardwiring, trenching or cabling. Embedded anchor castings provide the ideal installation method for installing Solar-Powered Lighting Bollards in new concrete surfaces. By placing an anchor casting in the concrete’s substrate, a lighting bollard with bike-locking arms can be installed with a threaded rod to brighten landscapes, provide secure storage and define visual perimeters. It is important to note that, with this installation method, the bollard will offer little impact resistance. Solar-Powered Lighting Bollards with Bike-Locking Arms are self-contained devices and require very little ongoing maintenance.
Installation Equipment Required
- Measuring Tape
- Chalk Line
- Dirt Tamper (optional)
- 1½” (38mm) Wrench
- ⅜” (9mm) Allen Key
- 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
- Study the site plans:
Site plans are generally created by the architect of the project. The architect will mark the intended location of each bollard on the plan. Ensure that the plan coincides with the site and familiarize yourself with the intended arrangement of the bollards.
- Ensure that the site is ready to receive the concrete:
The area that will receive the concrete should be dug to a depth of at least 4”. The area should be properly formed with wood placed on its side to create a perimeter that will hold the wet concrete. The soil below the intended surface should be compacted with a dirt tamper.
- Designate where each Solar-Powered Lighting Bollard with Bike-Locking Arms will stand:
If the bollards are intended to be installed to create a uniform-looking straight line, many contractors find it beneficial to snap a chalk line. This will help determine the center-point of each anchor casting that will hold a bollard. The center-point of each anchor casting should be marked with chalk, spray-paint or a felt pen.
- Place the anchor castings in their designated locations:
Cover the threaded hole on the anchor casting with the plug that is provided. Remember that the anchor casting is 4” high; ensure that the top of the casting will be flush with the finished surface of the concrete grade. Ensure that the top of the anchor casting is level. Some contractors use a brick to create a level surface for the anchor casting to rest on (again, please remember that the top of the anchor casting should be flush with the concrete grade after it is poured).
Pouring the Concrete
- Mix and pour the concrete:
Ensure that the proper ratio of water and concrete mix is used. The concrete should have a similar texture to mouldable clay. Pour the concrete evenly and avoid disrupting the casting anchors.
- Allow the concrete to cure:
A lot of elements factor into a concrete surface’s cure time. Moisture in the environment and cool temperatures can both significantly slow the process. It is generally recommended that a minimum of 2 -3 days wait should be given before beginning construction projects on new concrete surfaces.
Securing the Solar-Powered Lighting Bollard
- Place the bollard’s base near the anchor casting:
Once the concrete surface has fully cured, place the lighting bollards with bike-locking arms beside each of their anchor castings and remove their protective packaging.
- Set the base of the bollard over the anchor casting:
Situate the bollard so that its center lines up with the center of the threaded hole in the anchor casting. Insert the threaded rod in the anchor casting.
- Tighten the threaded rod and secure the bollard’s base:
With your hand, tighten the threaded rod until it reaches a depth of approximately 1½” in the anchor casting. The top of the threaded rod must not extend higher than 6¼” below the top of the lighting bollard’s base. Place the washer over the threaded rod so that it rests on bracket inside the lighting bollard. Apply the 1” nut to the threaded rod and tighten it until the bollard is secure.
- 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 solar-powered lighting bollard with bike-locking arms for any signs of surface damage:
If the 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.