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Illuminated bollards serve a multifaceted purpose, making them a valuable addition to outdoor spaces for several reasons. Understated, underestimated, yet impactful, bollards aren’t just about looks—they’re practical too. Let’s explore why these unassuming heroes are a game-changer for any outdoor space.
Typically one metre in height, illuminated bollards are an effective solution for illuminating walkways, car parks, building perimeters, and highlighting site features without the need for, or as is more often the case, complementary to street lighting columns. Widely employed in areas of outstanding natural beauty, schools, retirement homes, and urban spaces, bollards also offer the added advantage of contributing a distinctive design signature to your project.
In this piece, we delve into the essential aspects of illuminated bollard lighting with our five Ps for optimal results:
Define the role your illuminated bollards play in your scheme. Are they intended to evoke a sense of safety and comfort, guide individuals to a destination, or illuminate a specific feature? This determination will shape various specifications, ranging from optics to output. For instance, a bollard along a solitary walkway might benefit from asymmetric optics to guide pedestrians, while a 360-degree lighting solution could be preferable between a car park and a walkway.
Prioritise safety in the placement of bollards, ensuring they contribute to pedestrian safety without causing obstruction. Strategically space the bollards, typically 10 to 12 metres apart. Design considerations play a crucial role in achieving the perfect balance between aesthetics and functionality when it comes to illuminated bollards. Avoid hot spots on the ground, consider obstacles, and ensure safety are all part of the thought process.
3. Protecting Your Environment
Environmental factors, including wildlife, dark skies, and residential proximity, are integral considerations in modern lighting schemes. When devising your lighting design, focus on achieving optimal distribution and uniformity, minimising light spill and glare, and selecting an appropriate colour temperature. Our latest range offers Colour Correlated Temperature (CCT) options from 2200K to 4000K, addressing various dark sky considerations.
4. Panache – Add Some Style
Beyond functional illumination, bollards and low-level lighting are especially noticeable and can set the tone for a site’s aesthetics. Choosing the right bollard can be a minefield. Therefore, our expert team will guide you through various optics to ensure you get the right option to blend with your scheme. From minimalist designs to stylish features, our new range has it all!
Ensuring the longevity of your luminaires is paramount and often overlooked. Choosing an appropriate Ingress Protection (IK) rating is essential for vandal resistance. Regular cleaning and testing of your fittings play a crucial role in reducing the likelihood of failures, preventing the degradation of light quality, and maintaining the fresh appearance of your scheme for years to come.
The idea for Acrospire was formed in 2012 when founder Tim envisioned a different kind of lighting manufacturer: one that would not only deliver outstanding customer experiences but also prioritise fair treatment for its employees.
We’ve come a long way
Motivated by the belief the industry wanted and needed better, Tim shared his plan to establish his own venture with Hatty, who simply couldn't let him do it alone.
The rest, as they say, is history.
Protecting local jobs and ensuring the best quality possible.
Working from a rented office by day and assembling lanterns in a garage at night, Tim and Hatty set to work.
11 Years later
Acrospire now inhabits a 14000² ft manufacturing facility in Basingstoke, Hampshire. We’re a proud partner of the Made in Britain scheme, ISO9001 certified and a member of all relevant lighting industry trade bodies.
Along with great relationships with our customers and a great team! We've attracted some of the most experienced members of the lighting industry, all by following one golden rule.
A simple ethos
That runs through all that we do. Customers who have made the switch to Acrospire have found working with us to be a breath of fresh air.
If you’re a professional in the lighting industry, you’re probably familiar with warranties that range from 3 to 10 years, with extensions available on special request or at additional cost. At Acrospire, where we’re proud to be different, we offer a market-leading simple 12-year warranty, as standard.
We focus on our customers not our competition. We manufacture our products in the UK: with the exception of our solar products, our supply chain is within a 60-mile radius of our factory in Basingstoke: to maintain greater control over quality. We al
Speed of response is crucial when it comes to resolving warranty issues. If we’ve made a mistake, we own it, get to the root cause, and fix it as quickly as possible. We believe in timely communication with our customers and making the resolution pro
Test and Test Again
We believe in independent testing and certification. Our new product development is in line with ISO 9001. Many of our products hold ENEC Certification. To meet the requirements of ENEC we also send random product samples for third party safety testi
Our product design is another key factor in our ability to offer a 12-year warranty. We value engineer rather than cost cut, never compromising on quality. We stick to our processes and engage with our supply chain to ensure that every product meets