Solar LED Cycle Route Delineator - Bat Hat - Minimum order is 20. Ordered in multiples of 20 units
As well as being detrimental to Bats, artificial light also disturbs invertebrate feeding, breeding & movement which may reduce and fragment populations due to the disruptive natural patterns of light and dark caused by artificial lighting.
A number of our British mammals are nocturnal and have adapted their lifestyle so that they are active in the dark in order to avoid predators. Artificial illumination of the areas in which these mammals are active and foraging is likely to be disturbing to their nocturnal activities and their foraging areas could be lost in this way. It is thought that the most pronounced effect is likely to be on small mammals due to their need to avoid predators. However, this in itself has a knock-on effect on those predators.
The detrimental effect of artificial lighting is most clearly seen in bats. Our resident bat species have all suffered dramatic reductions in their numbers in the past century. Light falling on a bat roost exit point, regardless of species, will at least delay bats from emerging, which shortens the amount of time available to them for foraging.
As the main peak of nocturnal insect abundance occurs at and soon after dusk, a delay in emergence means this vital time for feeding is missed. At worst, the bats may feel compelled to abandon the roost. Bats are faithful to their roosts over many years and disturbance of this sort can have a significant effect on the future of the colony. It is likely to be deemed a breach of the natural and European legislation that protects British bats and their roosts.
In addition to causing disturbance to bats at the roost, artificial lighting can also affect the feeding behavior of bats and their use of commuting routes. These are two aspects to this: one is the attraction hat short wave length light (UV and Blue light) has to a range of insects; the other is the presence of lit conditions.
Whilst we are happy of the brightness and omni-directionality of this standard product – this is an alternative for conservation areas so that Bats and other wildlife that may be affected, would not be disturbed.
The standard product has been re-engineered by adding a little hat to reduce the upwards light spillage by around 98% whilst remaining the same in profile, making the ‘Bat Hat’ a far friendlier option.
Perfect for conservation sensitive areas or dark sky reserves, this delineator won’t give off unwanted light fields or interfere with our little nocturnal friends.
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Although each of our light fittings come with a warranty, it is also important to take care for your product after installation. The outdoor environment can be harsh with very warm and hot conditions as well as extremely cold, wet, and windy conditions and more especially in coastal areas where the salt air is more concentrated causing corrosion. By neglecting to care for your product may void any warranties. Below is information on caring for the different type of products we sell.
COPPER, BRASS & BRONZE
Brass and Bronzes are families of copper-based alloys and mainly copper and zinc. Bronzes are mainly copper along with alloying elements such as tin, aluminium, silicon, or beryllium. Brass generally has a bright gold appearance dependent upon the percentage of copper yields, the higher the percentage the rosier the tone will be, and more zinc will make it appear silvery. Brass has higher malleability than bronze or zinc and is ideal for resisting corrosion including galvanic corrosion from saltwater. Copper products start off with a shiny orange appearance and once installed copper weathers naturally to a lovely blue-green colour or patina over time. In arid climates, the colour change is usually to a nut brown. The colour change is the result of surface oxidation caused mainly by moisture and corrosive elements in the atmosphere. Unlike rust oxidation, the copper patina is a protective barrier that retards further corrosion, to maintain copper’s long life. They are ideal for coastal areas and to keep them looking pristine we recommend cleaning copper surfaces periodically with a solution of salt and vinegar to remove any excess deposits. Simply dissolve salt in vinegar, then use a soft cloth to apply the liquid solution to the surface of the fitting then buff until you see the copper begin to shine. Rinse and dry. The ‘Brasso’ product is a metal polish designed to remove deposits from brass, copper, chrome,and stainless steel. WD 40 is also useful for cleaning brass too and wipe off with soapy water.
316L & 316 STAINLESS STEEL
The highest grade of Stainless Steel we use is 316L Marine Grade Stainless Steel which is a low carbon version of 316 Stainless Steel (which is why it has L after the 316). These grades of Stainless Steel are popular for use in Coastal areas due to the materials immunity from boundary carbide precipitation (sensitisation). However, 316 Stainless Steel contains more carbon and although is still corrosion resistant it does still need care to remove the depositsthat build up on the surface or the corrosion will eventually start to build up on the surface. We sell more 316 than 316L products on this website. The elements of 316L and 316 Stainless Steel are Carbon, Manganese, Phosphorous, Sulphur, Silicon, Chromium, Nickel, Molybdenum, Nitrogen, and Iron. The only difference is that 316L has 0.03 max % of Carbon and 316 has 0.8 max % of carbon. To maintain the shiny clean surface of 316L and 316 Stainless Steel we recommend the use of Stainless-Steel cleaning products or a solution of lemon juice and baking powder and wiped off with soapy water.
304 STAINLESS STEEL
304 Stainless Steel is made up of Carbon, Manganese, Phosphorous, Sulphur, Silicon, Chromium, Nickel, Nitrogen, and Iron. There is no presence of Molybdenum the anti-corrosive element and this metal has a high carbon content too. Therefore, we would not recommend this metal used in coastal areas. Again, it can be cleaned with Stainless Steel cleaning products or a solution of lemon juice and baking powder and wiped off with soapy water. In addition, we would suggest using an anti-corrosive spray such as ACF-50 which forms a clear film onto the surface of the fittings and adds protection to the surface for up to sixmonths. We sell this on our website. https://www.exteriorlightsuk.co.uk/product/acf-50-anti-corrosion-formula
201 STAINLESS STEEL
201 Stainless Steel is made up of Carbon, Manganese, Phosphorous, Sulphur, Silicon, Chromium, Nickel, Nitrogen,and Iron. It contains half the nickel and more manganese and nitrogen than the other popular steels. It is also the least expensive of the steel metals we sell. This mid-range product is prone to corrosion such as salt water and not suitable for coastal areas. Again, it can be cleaned with Stainless Steel cleaning products or a solution of lemon juice and baking powder. In addition, we would suggest using an anti-corrosive spray such as ACF-50 which forms a clear film onto the surface of the fittings and adds protection to the surface for up to six months. We sell this on our website. https://www.exteriorlightsuk.co.uk/product/acf-50-anti-corrosion-formula
Our Teak lighting use timber from a sustainable source, organically oiled during production to enhance and protect the grain. The teak bollards for example are made from a natural raw material which reacts to temperature changes and will naturally release sap or may sweat inside the protective packaging. So, please don’t be alarmed if you notice this when you unpack the bollards from their packaging. Once installed, they will weather naturally in the garden, although further oil, stain or varnish treatments are recommended periodically to preserve the beauty of these products. This should also help prevent the build-up of mildewand drying out from the sun. Teak Sealer and Teak oil can be purchased from many timber and DIY stores. They are suitable for all areas including coastal areas.
Many of our products are made from aluminium which is formed of aluminium oxide in an ore called bauxite. Alumina and bauxite are the two main raw materials in the aluminium making process. Aluminium is obtained by the electrolysis of alumina which extracts pure aluminium metal from alumina. Aluminium will not rust however it does suffer from oxidation and is prone to corrosion. We would not recommend Aluminium products in coastal areas. To maintain the surface of the product you can clean with a solution of vinegar and water and rinse with soapy water. Again, our ACF-50 anti-corrosive spray will provide a clear protective coating to the surface of the fittings and can offer up to six months protection. https://www.exteriorlightsuk.co.uk/product/acf-50-anti-corrosion-formula
POWDER COATED FINISHES
Many of our coloured finished products have been powder coated onto aluminium. This is a technique to apply decorative and protective finishes to aluminium through a process that electrostatically charges the powder consisting of a mixture of finely milled resin and pigment, spraying it on to the aluminium surface as a baking process. Although they look effective, please bear in mind that the powder is a paint and in coastal areas the paint can peel and expose the aluminium to corrosion. Therefore, we would not recommend powder coated aluminium fittings in coastal areas. To clean the surface simply use soapy water and a soft cloth and do not use anything abrasive as this will damage the finish. Again, our ACF-50 anti-corrosive spray will provide a clear protective coating to the surface of the fittings and can offer up to six months protection. https://www.exteriorlightsuk.co.uk/product/acf-50-anti-corrosion-formula
ANODISED PAINT FINISH
Anodised coloured paint finishes give a lustre shiny finish to the surface of aluminium fittings and this is done by dipping the aluminium component into an acid electrolyte bath and applying an electric current to the liquid usinga cathode. This causes oxygen ions within the aluminium to be released, which then combine with the aluminium atoms on the surface of the component to create the anodic oxide finish. This process gives the metal surface a porous structure, which can then be coloured with dyes and sealed afterwards. The advantage of the anodised finish is that it is not applied on the surface of the metal, instead, it is integrated with the aluminium substrate, which means it does not peel or chip like paint. The beauty of anodising is that it does not come off and it should protect the aluminium depending upon the thickness for at least 5 years and therefore reduce corrosion occurring. If used in coastal areas, we would recommend they are cleaned regularly with soapy water. Again, our ACF-50 anti-corrosive spray will provide a clear protective coating to the surface of the fittings and can offer up to six monthsprotection. https://www.exteriorlightsuk.co.uk/product/acf-50-anti-corrosion-formula
POLYCARBONATE (PC) –PLASTIC
Polycarbonate is a durable thermoplastic material with high impact resistance. It is quite light in weight and used primarily for Amenity style light fittings. It is fine for use in all areas including the coast. It should be cleaned periodically with warm soapy water to remove any deposits that have accumulated over time.
The element Iron (Fe) used in conjunction with steel alloys is put together to produce a product that eliminates the need for painting, and which forms a stable rust-like appearance after several years’ exposure to the weather. This product is used in some of our bollards under our ‘Rustic Bollard’ Category. They are very heavy and robust fittings. The surface oxidation of weathering steel takes approximately six months. When first purchased some residue rust colour from the manufactured product may be visible and will wash away with the elements of the weather. Over time they will naturally give a rust effect appearance and you will be able to touch them without any rust residue staining. An example of this is shown on our website for the ‘Rusty Slot’ fitting. They are ideal for all areas including the coast.
Granite is a coarse-grained igneous rock composed mostly of quartz, alkali feldspar and plagioclase. It is a hard semi-porous rock which is resistant to heat and cold. Ideal for any area, however salt deposits in coastal areas will accumulate onto the surface of the rock so it is advisable to clean the surface with warm soapy water periodically. Do not use anything abrasive.