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First Light improves solar bollard’s performance

The PLB's optics have been redesigned to optimize light control.


July 2, 2019
By Peter Saunders
Peter Saunders
PLB solar bollardPhoto by First Light Technologies.

Victoria-based First Light Technologies has upgraded the performance of its PLB architectural solar bollard—which provides outdoor lighting without ongoing electrical costs—with redesigned optics to optimize light control.

The new ‘full cutoff’ design is intended to efficiently direct light to illuminate more of a pedestrian pathway in front of the bollard, while minimizing backlight, uplight and glare. The company says it has increased the self-contained unit’s lumen output by 23% and light uniformity by 540%. Further, a solar lighting controller (SLC) adapts predictively to the surroundings, so as to provide only as much light as is needed at any given time.

“We saw an opportunity to significantly improve upon what’s possible for solar bollard lights,” says First Light’s CEO, Sean Bourquin. “Our custom-designed optic adds to the PLB’s ability to provide reliable lighting along pathways without the need for electrical design, permitting or trenching for wires.”

Founded in 2009, First Light has seen more than 19,000 commercial-grade luminaires and bollards installed in more than 30 countries.