Lens Cap Original

Lens Cap Original

Allscape Focus on the floor lighting

The well of light has a light and ballast module suspended within an outer casing, forming a well. The main benefit of this design approach is the ability of the engine exhaust heat, and so heated. However, the exhaust openings that allow heat to escape also allow water and other materials to enter the well. It is imperative when using it to report excellent drainage and maintain good and exhaust vents clear of debris. If the overload light modules and standing in water for long periods of time, problems can occur. If landscape materials blocking the exhaust, then overheating can occur. ALLSCAPE ® approach moved away from the light well over a decade ago due to the problems mentioned above, and the need for preventive maintenance of the landscape that is outside their control.

ALLSCAPE fully adopted the design approach on the ground in 1996 with the launch of the SL-33, its built-in support single property. The lamps do not allow soil water and heat flow through the hole, but the seal on the top and bottom. The main advantage of this design approach is that fewer parts need to be sealed, such as point of entry into the soil surface and the entry electric point at the bottom or the lamp. The design approach on the ground also allows one-piece composite, aluminum, stainless steel, or accommodations bronze, which in turn minimize the sealing surfaces. On the floor accessories are less susceptible to poor drainage and waste accumulation issues, but they are not immune. The following image shows the SL-43 a modern light on the floor of the engine design with an independent label union, ballast and lamp compartments.

Most U.S. manufacturers of lamps on the ground now provide housing compound technology. They have been available for over twenty years, aerospace materials using proven quality, and are the preferred material for the landscape and pedestrian facilities.

Rhinolite ™, the composite material used by ALLSCAPE is manufactured with a mixture of fiberglass, thermoset resins, and other proprietary ingredients to provide maximum product strength, rigidity and durability. The key benefit is the protection of the material offered in corrosive and chemical environments, where high alkalinity, acidity, salt, lime and similar substances are present. Examples corrosive environments are landscaped areas with recycled water and fertilizer and lime in the concrete. Rhinolite ™ is also used in the pool and filtration units Water with high chlorine content, and in many commercial and marine applications. Other benefits of composite material is its ability to be molded into complex shapes and molded hold brass inserts incredibily strong. This eliminates the need for secondary drilling and operations for the recording and makes very consistent parts production. The material compound also has excellent dielectric properties that provide additional protection against electric shock. With a continuous operating temperature 150?, And built in protection against ultraviolet radiation, Rhinolite ™ is the most feature rich material technology used in the in-ground today day.

Cast aluminum housing is still held by some manufacturers, but without additional protection are susceptible to serious degradation of substances chemical found in the current recycled water and fertilizer. boxes of brass or bronze are sometimes used in shaping the landscape, but are much more expensive and very heavy. Cast metal frames also suffer from the porosity and the need for drilling and exploitation of secondary operations to make them inherently less consistent. Aluminum housing must use brass inserts to prevent galvanic action with stainless steel screws. Several manufacturers use established stainless steel housings suffer from the need for drilling and secondary, or pressed for integration and coherence reduced output. metal boxes may offer some advantages thermally not provide electric insulation and must be properly grounded.

Several manufacturers now offer parties on the ground, first by ALLSCAPE, reducing to a minimum or even eliminate problems caused by stagnant water and garbage. The fixture in semi-surface or on land of unity-in-ground party that stands a few centimeters to several meters above grade level, usually with an outer sleeve. The additional benefit of this approach is the ability of the lamp position at the same height as (or more) of the surrounding foliage. This allows the device to operate properly even after several years of plant growth. games above the ground are becoming increasingly popular and must be taken into account the undergrowth surrounding the object to be illuminated. ALLSCAPE SL-34 is shown in the picture below placed in the median entry a gated community in Southern California. Note how the height allows the projector to work, even after the Bird of Paradise plants have attained full grown.

Things to consider.

Careful selection of the location of equipment is essential for proper installation and understanding of how the device will interact with the surrounding environment is the key.

Avoid places where water may stand. If this is not possible, ensure that there proper drainage underneath and around the unit.

If the appliance must be installed in locations near the ground cover or raise the lamp using a sleeve over soil, or make sure there is enough space around the unit.

Understanding how light interacts with the lamp to illuminate the object. Sure that the device is back on the ground to illuminate the object correctly. For example, in situ (narrow beam) optics may require the device to be placed one or two feet the object to be illuminated. The placement of a further narrow strip of land can give rise to any light hitting the object. If you are unable to locate the device properly due to existing root systems or foundations, using the optical assessing flood or a tilting mechanism. The photo below of a church in Mexico illustrates the how fixtures placed properly can improve a building at night.

If people can walk on the device, make sure you're aware of Temperatures in the target appliance. Lamp power can generate enough heat to burn skin. ALLSCAPE double lens offers units with the designation HPBB that reduce significantly the surface temperature of the lenses. ALLSCAPE is also one of the few manufacturers who fully documented test method for measuring temperatures lens. Care must be taken when comparing the lens temperatures reported by different manufacturers as the points of temperature measurement and used to normalize the results may be different. American companies often use 25? While some European companies are using 15?.

The choice of a carefully designed device in soil is the key. Always make sure the appliance is ETL or UL for wet locations in North America and CE listed in Europe. If they can ensure that the appliance has an IP (Ingress Protection) rating of 67, which is dust tight and water-proof (Protected against the effects of immersion between 15cm and 1m).

Use light sources that have a long life. metal halide and fluorescent lamps with 10,000 hours or more. LED's can take even more. Minimize the need replacement of the lamp greatly reduces problems during the life of the installation. It also has good environmental sense to avoid incandescent lamps with a short life. Try to minimize post-installation maintenance of as much as possible.

Accessories with enclosed ballast compartment and anti-wicking devices between the junction box and ballast compartment should be used. Artifacts on the floor with small amounts of moisture in them often run without problems if the ballast is kept dry. Anti-wicking eliminates the diversion of water through wires stranded due to pressure changes the appliance. Note that many European manufacturers do not provide any ability to control the match. This is partly due to the electrical input method, ie a cord with cord grip, compared with the requirements of conduct and a separate junction box in North America.

Injection molding brass ring with captive screws lens and high temperature injection molded silicone seal to facilitate the installation process. The bronze will not degrade the landscape, and its strength allows a high torque of the lens surface sealing. Captive screws are required, such as missing or incorrectly replaced the screws do not usually include sufficient compression to keep the water out of the lamp.

In North America use wire nuts always waterproof electrical connections to in the box. The most experienced manufacturers in North America, in series, with the parties.

Professional-grade games in the soil does not require covers to protect them from lawn mowers or other support devices. Using outdoor grills or shutters can be useful to reduce glare, but be careful as these devices can also be picking up the mask local and light output. interior glare shields are preferred and commonly available. A typical shield inner glow that offers ALLSCAPE shown in the picture below. A ceiling lamp and protects pedestrians from direct light without blocking the direct light from the lamp arc tube in the reflector in the vicinity. An additional advantage of the internal design ALLSCAPE antiglare protector open fire is twice that allows hot air to escape, eliminating the possibility of overheating the lamp.

Many accessories are now providing in-ground bypass the available capacity of standard or option. Be careful when assessing the claims of weight lenses of different manufacturers and some use GVW (gross vehicle weight) and maximum. The weights are somewhat ambiguous without more information. ALLSCAPE GVW reports to allow direct comparison with other products. It also provides the maximum pounds per square inch can be applied to the lens that is the best way to communicate information.

Although it is impossible to stop a determined vandal, specify the tamper-proof screws in high-risk areas. Use a rock guard to protect the lens surface is easily damaged, but be careful not to create a trip hazard at the same time.

The installation following example illustrates the use of in-ground and accessories on the ground the light to provide a dramatic entrance to a gated community.

The prestigious community, twenty-four hour guarded gate Ritz Pointe, is located in the Monarch Beach in Dana Point in Southern California. It has two entrances – both are aligned with palm trees on each side of the entrance and exit lanes, and in the median strip. The original bullet lights attached to trees came with the usual problems – look degrading on visual, not anchor the trees to the ground with light at night, and especially not suitable for ambient light to ensure a safe environment.

The ALLSCAPE handed the task by the landscape architect was to improve the lighting of the entry points to provide sufficient light for safety, with facilities could not see. The obvious choice was the in-ground accessories. Three different types were used.

Royal Palms lining the sides of the road is illuminated with 50W metal halide flood half. The palms are about thirty feet tall and the leaves will spread with age. They were mounted as close to the tree as possible in a sleeve of a pea gravel to provide excellent drainage and a foliage and maintenance (weed whacker) barrier.

The median real Palmas are surrounded by Bird of Paradise plants that can grow several meters high. Here 50W metal halide floods were used again, but were installed in a direct burial sleeve to increase the height of the lamp to the top of the plants. This allowed light to function without being involved in the foliage.

About the Author

Ian R. Ibbitson, Vice President and General Manager of ALLSCAPE has over twenty years experience in the lighting, entertainment and electronics industries. Dr. Ibbitson joined ALLSCAPE a Philips group brand in 1995 and is currently in charge of several commercial outdoor lighting divisions, including Quality Lighting, and Metrolux. Dr. Ibbitson has a BSc. in electrical/electronic engineering and a PhD in computer aided design from the University of Sunderland in England.

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