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Solareye Lighting Stud

Description

Our Solareye Lighting Stud is perfect for lighting cycling paths, trails, parks, parking spaces, lots, campuses, marinas, golf courses, driveways, terraces, gardens and campings.

 

Having a sleek, modern look, this innovative and smart product provides omnidirectional, high-intensivity LED lighting with 360° visibility during darkness hours, all year long.

 

Developed in the UK, the Solareye is designed to operate in the weather and sunlight conditions of Western Europe, and is therefore perfectly suited for the Canadian environment.

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Advantages
  • Constructed from durable engineering grade polymer

  • Low profile—nominal 6 mm when installed

  • Easy for cyclists / vehicles to move over

  • Simple installation into asphalt or wooden decking

  • In loose stone areas, just place and push in

  • Long life LFP Type battery—8 years + anticipated

  • High visibility—up to 500m

  • LED life—100,000 hrs

  • Light sensitive auto on/off for economical operation

  • Independent operation–no electrical supply required

  • Renewable and maintenance free green energy

  • Fully sealed integrated unit—100% waterproof

Options
  • LED signal, steady or slow flash.

  • Standard colours: White steady and Red flash

  • Special colours to order: Yellow, Green, Blue & Red steady

  • Bat Hat option available for conservation areas

Technical Specifications
  • Supplied in a box of 20: Weight 5.5kg

  • Material: High impact durable engineering grade polymer

  • Light source: LED (100,000hrs life)

  • Battery: LFP Type battery (8yrs + anticipated)

  • Working temperature: -20 to +70 C

  • Body dimensions: 80 mm diameter

  • Installed height: 6 mm nominal

  • Milling depth: 30 mm

  • Weight: Approx. 275 g

  • Fixing adhesive: Structural 2 component moisture tolerant epoxy

  • Working time after full charge: Flashing 400hrs+Steady 200hrs+

  • Flash rate: 1 sec on, 1 sec off

  • Water proof quality: IP 68

  • High visibility: Up to 500 m

Installation
  • Simple installation equipment, 2 persons required for larger jobs

  • Dry cut using a milling tool

  • Up 200 pieces per day can be installed

  • Adhesive take 30 mins to set at 25° meaning minimal disruption

  • Can be installed in damp conditions

  • Automatic on/ off using light sensors

  • Can be used on low traffic private roads

Applications
  • Cycle tracks & Pathways

  • Recreational areas/Community spaces

  • National parks

  • Car parks/Driveways

  • Canal paths

  • Boat marinas/Docking areas & slipways

  • Golf clubs/Estate grounds

  • Campuses & large residential areas

  • Holiday villages/Caravan & Camp sites

  • Garden/Patio lighting

 

For conservation areas, we recommend using our “Bat Hat” option, which reduces the upwards light spillage of our omni directional LED by around 98% while remaining the same in profile. This means that you will still be able to see it, but it won’t bother the bats and insects as they fly overhead.

Compression Testing
  • The Solareye was tested embedded in a decking plank for compression testing, in order to determine its compressive strength. For the purpose of this compression test, the defined point of failure for the Solareye product as the point at which the light would no longer function.

  • Testing was undertaken on a Dennison 600kN tensile machine in order to determine the compressive strength. The Solareye product was loaded at increments of 20kN, between 20kN and 600kN, prior to being unloaded, checked and reloaded, in order to determine the point at which the light no longer functioned.

  • At a load of 575kN it was found that the light in the Solareye product no longer worked continuously. The light instead flashed on and off rapidly. The load was then increased to the machine maximum of 600kN, however no further damage was observed. The damage sustained by the SolarEye 80 and the decking plank can be seen in the picture below.

Installation Recommended for Bike Paths and Trails
  • In accordance with the site requirements place advance warning safety signage indicating the start and finish of the works area and if necessary use pedestrian barriers around the drilling operation.

  • Ensure that all personnel are equipped with safety gloves, helmets, protective eyewear and boots in accordance with H&S requirements.

  • Begin by marking out the installation points, carefully measuring the distance between each unit to ensure optimum appearance and accuracy.

  • If placed in areas of permanent shade, solar efficiency could be affected so please bear this in mind when deciding on positioning for the product or if possible trial the SolarEye in the actual position – before installing.

  • For use as edge line delineation if the pathway width permits, install at 300mm from the edge – thereby reducing potential maintenance caused by coverage of grass cutting operations or the accumulation of leaves/debris.

  • Experience has shown that placing the solareye in the middle of the pathway width optimises performance in relation to debris accumulations and possible resultant cleaning maintenance.

  • Once the site has been marked, use an 80mm rotary hammer miller/cutter to dry cut the hole to the required depth and remove the dust with either a blower or vacuum. Please be environmentally aware when removing any waste. After each cut, place a solareye into the hole to check for correct depth – ensuring that the rim sits onto the surface.

  • Using a moisture tolerant, structural 2 component adhesive, liberally apply around the entire top edge of the hole, ensuring it flows down the side walls of the hole. On particularly textured surfaces it may be necessary to apply adhesive around the rim. Do this when the solareye is in the inverted position – before placement.

  • Push the solareye firmly in to place ensuring that the rim rests on the pathway surface and adhesive exudes around the rim edge. Check that the entire rim edge of the solareye is sealed - if not apply further adhesive.

  • At an ambient temperature of 25°, the adhesive should set within 30 minutes with full cure within 24 hrs. The setting time will be increased at lower temperatures, whilst higher temperatures will speed up the reaction. Use traffic cones to cover the installed products until the adhesive is set.

  • Installation rates will vary depending on equipment and substrate. We have found that typically a 2 man team can install 15/20 pcs per hour into asphaltic substrates.

Instructions on Charging
  • Full operational night time performance (200+ hours non-stop signal - without further exposure to daylight) will not be achieved until it has been completely charged outdoors.

  • At this time with ongoing outdoor exposure, the large storage capacity then enables the solareye to operate throughout each night 365 days per year.

  • The solareye will start to charge from its first exposure to sunlight. During the summer in full direct sunlight, this can take up to 8 hours. Partial sunlight/shaded areas will extend the charging period.

  • For installations during winter months and in cloudy conditions the charging time will be extended. At these times, expect a slow build up to full performance as the solareye charges. During this period, full operational performance will not be achieved - but the solareye will operate satisfactorily with a shorter non-stop performance until fully charged.

  • Ensure installation within 6 months of purchase – or keep charged outdoors until installation prolonged periods in a discharged state may damage the battery and reduce performance.

  • Please take this in to consideration: all solar powered products need exposure outdoors to direct sunlight to function correctly so be sure to take this into account when selecting the positioning for the product.

  • Charging indoors on a windowsill may appear to be a good place to position the solareye but certain types of coated glass may block out most of the daylight.