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The Fortress Bollard has a height suitable for every application such as driveways, paths and sectioned areas. There are also two styles of head to choose from, one being a 'domed' top and one being a 'pillar' (flat) top.

Height (choice): 0.6m / 0.8m / 1m
Colour (choice): Garden Green / Graphite Black
Head (choice): Dome Fortress / Pillar Fortress
Materials: Aluminium / Stainless Steel
IP Rating: IP65
Lamp Holder: ES / E27 Screw Cap
Mounting: Internal Mounting Base
Included: Instructions / Allen Key
Guarantee: 7 YEAR GUARANTEE

The head and 2.5mm thick extruded aluminium cylinder of the bollard are created from heavy duty die-cast aluminium, and all screws are stainless steel, resulting in a completely rustproof and non-corrosive model.

This Fortress Bollard Light is designed to guard and protect the internal UV-stop polycarbonate lens and lamp from damage and vandalism with 6 rings of robust aluminium surrounding the area. This makes it perfect for use in higher risk areas where damage is more likely to occur, such as gravel drives, public places and areas where garden machinery may be used.

Bollard types and spacing

Bollard lights are available in a massive choice of styles, finish and lamp options. You need to think about how the light will be used for example a small garden pathway, the main driveway, to illuminate steps etc.  If you are within 20 km of the coast you should think about using the wooden bollards or marine grade 316 stainless steel. Some bollards have built in LED lamps  and they generally offer lower levels of light ( lumen's ) than say a compact fluorescent. Also if the lamp is an integral part of the bollard then it can not be replaced if it fails in future so you will have to purchase a complete new bollard. There are bollards that use GU10 lamps and in this case can be changed for a ECO friendly GU10 LED lamp. The spacing of the bollards will depend on the lamp output, louvre design, height etc but a general rule of thumb would be no less than 3 mtrs and no more than 12 mtrs apart. The shorter distance would be for garden pathways and the longer distance is for long drive ways.


The LED lamp is the most ECO friendly and will help reduce your energy bills.



Installation 

Choosing the style of a product is only part of the equation you must also think of where that product will be used and how it will be installed. All exterior lighting products on our web site have a IP rating which is explained further in our design ideas section but in simple terms the IP rating is appropriate to each light fitting and its intended application and is therefore fit for purpose. Water ingress is the enemy for outdoor lighting and the products supplied are only as good as the installation as the weakest point is always cable and transformer joints. All joint must be made 100% water tight and this can be done using heat shrink kits, waterproof junction boxes which are then filled with a resin mix. All joints where possible should be made above ground for easy access and reduced water ingress. When installing ground buried lights adequate drainage systems should be put in place especially in clay based soil areas. If possible use ground surface spike lights rather than a buried light.  Mains 240v cable will have less joint than a low voltage installation but care must be taken with the cable runs.


All exterior lights must be installed by a certified NIC EIC electrical contractor and all cable joints must be 100% watertight. There are a selection of waterproof jointing kits and boxes available on this web site.


Light levels ( LUX )

Light levels are measured in something called LUX. Put simply LUX is a measurement of light falling on a given surface area. For example an average LUX of 200 would be needed for an outdoor tennis court for recreational purposes and a side street  walkway would have an average of 5 LUX. To calculate lux levels you need a very good calculator or computer as there is a number of factors that need to be taken in to account.


Average levels of illuminance in Lux

Sunny June day 80000 Lux
Bad light stopped play at Lords 1000 Lux
A well lit office 500 Lux
Main road lighting 15 Lux
A residential side street 5 Lux
A clear moonlit night 0.2 Lux 


Environmental impact

Care should be taken for the environment and local wildlife to maintain the ecological balance. Insects, bats, wildlife can all be effected by  light pollution. The warmer colour spectrum of  ( 2,700 Kelvins ) does not interfere with insects and general wildlife as much as the blue colour spectrum of light around 6,000 kelvins which can disrupt their normal night time activity. This also applies to bats where a anti glare light fittings works better as well as reducing the overall light pollution in the area. You must also be mindful of your neighbors and the effect your lighting can have on them and shining a 500w tungsten halogen flood light in to their windows at night will cause them distress. Try to keep the light in a downward position and local to the items you want to illuminate and even if you want to illuminate tall trees it can be done in a sympathetic way by placing a ground buried or surface spike flood light directly under the trees to illuminate the canopy. Some light fittings also have a anti glare shield fitted to reduce light pollution.


Item Specifications

colour: Garden Green, Graphite Black
Lamp base: ES / E27 Screw Cap
Max wattage: 60w
IP rating: IP 65
Materials: aluminium / stainless steel 304
Height: 600mm, 800mm, 1000mm
Guarantee: 7 years
mounting: Internal Mounting Base
additional information: Domed Fortress Head, pillar Fortress (Flat Top)