Stainless Steel Bollard Lights
Access Fixtures stainless steel bollard lights are perfect when only extraordinary appearance and performance will do. Used for illuminating walkways and entrances, stainless steel bollards are the ultimate design solution—and they’re practical, too. Stainless steel bollard lights provide illumination for safe egress, offer enhanced security, and are manufactured with formed 316 stainless steel. The stainless steel bollard light heads are affixed to the body of the bollard light with vandal-resistant screws. Because the screws are located on the sides of the bollard lights, water cannot corrode or pool around them; this design also prevents water from penetrating the bollard.
A gasket between the bollard head and housing acts as another barrier against moisture. Stainless steel bollards from Access Fixtures use strong, cast-aluminum mounting plates; the bollards are secured to the base plates with vandal-resistant set screws. These plates are anchored with steel bolts that are sunk into cement.
Stainless Steel Bollard Lights—Assembled in the USA
Access Fixtures stainless steel bollard lights are assembled in the USA using premium-quality components, including formed 316 stainless steel housings, polycarbonate lenses, rubber gaskets, and cast-aluminum mounting plates. They are available with multiple light sources: LED, LED amber, high pressure sodium, metal halide, and fluorescent. Access Fixtures stainless steel bollard lights are CSA rated for wet locations.
Bollard Lights Manufactured with Type 316 Stainless Steel
Stainless steel is the accepted term for any iron-based alloy that contains at least 10.5% chromium. Chromium is used as a corrosion-resistant coating on metal surfaces such as that of a chrome-plated automobile bumper. Chromium is added during the melting stages of the steel, thus forming a homogeneous mixture with the iron and other alloying elements like nickel and molybdenum. This process greatly enhances the metal’s resistance to corrosion.
Type 316 stainless steel is an austenitic chromium nickel stainless steel containing molybdenum. To be considered Grade 316 (UNS S31600), the steel must have at least 2% molybdenum. This composition significantly increases the metal’s resistance to corrosion caused by sulfuric, hydrochloric, acetic, formic, and tartaric acids; acid sulfates; alkaline chlorides; high salinity; and chloride ion solutions. These properties make 316 stainless steel suitable for architectural applications in severe settings, from polluted marine environments to areas with subzero temperatures.
The Specialty Steel Industry of North America (SSINA) and the International Molybdenum Association (IMOA) have produced an excellent designer handbook to acquaint the readers with 300-series stainless steels. The guide details Grade 316—used in Access Fixtures bollard lights—and its performance in areas where coastal or salt corrosion is a factor.
Stainless Steel Bollard Light Maintenance
Depending on the intensity of salt and/or air pollutants, stainless steel bollard lights may require light maintenance if you want them to remain in close-to-pristine condition. Even stainless steel tends to get dirty or black and may need to be cleaned. When placed outdoors for an extended period of time, stainless steel can discolor or seem to develop rust, due to the buildup of hard water and road salt particulates; other contaminants carried in rain can also have a negative effect on the appearance of stainless steel. Natural shifts in coloration may occur with stainless steel bollards if they are not occasionally maintained.
Often, a bit of soap and water will remove the thin layer of hard water, rust, or contaminants. An alternative to soap and water is a quality stainless steel cleaner, which may make the process quicker and easier.
Bar Keepers Friend is an example of a highly recommended, affordable stainless steel cleaner that can be purchased at Home Depot or Amazon. For serious discoloration or contaminant buildup, application with a scrubbing pad can improve the process, but the scrubbing pad should not be abrasive, as this may change the finish.
Zep Stainless Steel Polish is an excellent product that can protect stainless steel from contaminants and discoloration. It can be used on stainless steel bollard lights after they have been cleaned to polish and protect the surface. Be sure read the directions and warnings before using any product on your bollards.
Stainless Steel Light Bollard Optics
Stainless steel bollard lights are available with three different optic options: louvers, standard cone reflectors, and specialized cone reflectors. Which optics should you choose for your location? Optics should be selected based on the application requirements, as optics affect the amount and distribution of the emitted light.
Employing beautiful cast-aluminum louvers, stainless steel bollard lights with louvers look fantastic during day or night. Bollard lights with louver-controlled light distribution have the most restricted light, which make them perfect for locations with dark sky compliance regulations. Most of the light emitted is aimed down toward the ground.
Standard Cone Reflector
Standard cone reflectors effectively distribute light around a bollard. Light is emitted from inside the cone to the top of the reflector. That light bounces off the reflector and then down the outside of the fixture.
Specialized Cone Reflector
Specialized aluminum cone reflectors were engineered to optimize the performance of LEDs. Using an LED array or LED module aimed downward from the head of the bollard, the light is projected down and out. The light is also reflected off the specialized cone reflector.
Stainless Steel Bollard Light Dimensions
Access Fixtures stainless steel bollard lights are 41.75 tall and have a 7” diameter. Upon request, any bollard can be cut down to a custom height as low as 24″.
Stainless Steel Bollard Light Sources
Technology is changing. Previously, stainless steel bollard lights were only available in pulse start metal halide, high pressure sodium, or compact fluorescent technologies. Now, LED is the primary choice for bollard lights. Bollard lights with LEDs use less energy, require little to no maintenance, and can function without mercury.
LED Bollard Lights Outperform 100w PSMH Bollard Lights
Today, a 15w LED stainless steel bollard light can emit 90% of the light of a 100w pulse start metal halide (PSMH) bollard light and reduce energy use by 87%. View the comparison here.
Stainless Steel Bollard Light Efficacy
The specifications of your stainless steel bollard light should be based on what is important to you and/or your customer. Are you hoping to maximize light or efficiency? Is there a specific type of optic you want to use to achieve a certain aesthetic? The PDFs below are sorted so you can quickly and easily meet your objectives. (Please note that not all bollard lights listed in the charts are available in stainless steel. Speak to an Access Fixtures lighting specialist for availability.)
Select the list that suits your needs:
Spacing for Stainless Steel Bollard Lights
There are many variables that affect how much space you should keep between your stainless steel bollard lights. These variables include the function of the area being illuminated, other light sources in the area, the optics of the bollard lights, the lumens emitted by the bollard, and client preference.
IESNA set footcandle standards that list the minimum light required for almost any application. The table below lists standards for applications for which bollard lights would be appropriate.
Available Light Sources
Are existing light sources already providing some light in the area? If the existing light is sufficient, certain bollard lights may help add architectural interest or ambiance. If the lighting doesn’t meet IESNA standards, bollard lights can be an effective way to provide additional light.
One of our previous customers was an architect who had his mind set on using bollard lights with louvers. He could have met the IESNA standard with fewer cone reflector bollards, but some additional louvered bollards achieved the necessary light levels while satisfying his aesthetic goals. Access Fixtures lighting specialists are available to discuss your objectives. To speak with a lighting specialist, call (800) 468-9925. Click here to learn more about bollard light spacing.
Light Sources Used in Stainless Steel Bollard Lights—LEDs and Lamp Types
The four types of light sources available in stainless steel bollard lights are LED, pulse start metal halide (PSMH), high pressure sodium (HPS), and compact fluorescent (CFL). Today, LEDs are what most Access Fixtures customers purchase. Unless you have an excellent reason NOT to choose LED bollard lights, choose LED bollard lights.
LEDs are energy-efficient, have low lumen depreciation, and are rated to last for 50,000 to 100,000 hours. Since LEDs do not have filaments or arc tubes, they are less prone to failure. LEDs do not contain mercury, can turn on and off instantly, offer terrific color rendition, and are dimmable. They also offer high scotopic/photopic ratios, which in many instances means more visible light. Since many LED bollard lights are now the same price as bollard lights with other light sources, LEDs are often the obvious answer.
Annual Operating Cost of a Stainless Steel Bollard Light
The main annual operating expense of a bollard light is electricity. Non-LED bollard lights also require a relamping cost after 10,000 to 15,000 hours of use. So, how do you calculate the cost of electricity?
First, find out your cost of electricity per kilowatt hour (kWh). Get your electric bill, take the total cost of electricity and divide it by the kWh. This will make sure you include all aspects of what you are charged, including the customer charge, distribution charge, transition charge, energy-efficiency charge, renewable energy charge, basic service charge, peak demand charge, and sales tax.
Using the Annual Cost per Watt Chart and your cost per kWh, you can calculate the cost of each watt of energy per year. Next, multiply that result by the number of watts used by the stainless steel bollard light. For more detailed instructions on how to calculate the annual cost of electricity to operate a luminaire, click here.
Stainless Steel Bollard Lights and Photometric Studies
Many lighting projects have specific footcandle requirements. This is often the case in heavily trafficked areas and in projects that need to minimize or eliminate light trespass near property lines. Photometric analyses simulate the performance of a proposed lighting solution before you purchase any fixtures or do any installation. After inputting the layout of your property, which can be provided in various formats, the photometric software provides a comprehensive layout, including footcandle measurements at given points across the property. Access Fixtures photometric reports also include max/min ratios, average footcandles, color imaging, vertical and horizontal footcandles, and more. If changes need to be made to a given project, the lighting plan can be easily adjusted. It is much easier to make changes on a photometric plan than on an actual job site
Stainless Steel Bollard Lights and Voltage
US residences typically use 120 volts, while Caribbean residences use 120v or 240v depending on the island. Commercial facilities use voltage that varies between 120v and 480v; many sites will use multiple voltages, so property managers need to know the voltage where the bollard lights will be installed. While many stainless steel bollard lights have ballasts or drivers that can handle multiple voltages, it is best to know the voltage before ordering to make sure the bollard lights you order will work with your line.
Stainless Steel Bollard Light Installation Instructions
Bollard lights use line voltage and installation must be completed by a licensed contractor or electrician and in accordance to local codes and ordinances, including but not limited to the National Electrical Code (NEC). If you are a licensed electrician or just want to know how bollard lights are installed, the bollard light installation guide for Access Fixtures bollard lights is for you.
When installing bollard lights, make sure the bollard light base plate is level. Access Fixtures bollard light bases come with a built-in level, which makes installation easy; the end result, however, will be determined by the quality of the work of the installer.
Replacing Old Bollard Lights Without Pouring New Cement
You can sometimes replace old bollard lights without having to pour new cement. To install new bollard lights without pouring new cement, use mechanical anchors. Access Fixtures bollard lights use 3/8″ diameter bolts. Just select the best bolt length for your installation. Red Head and Simpson Strong-Tie mechanical anchors are reliable options.
Speak to an Access Fixtures Lighting Specialist about Choosing the Right Fixture
Access Fixtures is your factory-direct source for all light fixtures needed to suitably illuminate your property. If you have a lighting question, we will be glad to answer your questions. We want to make sure you get the exact fixture for your needs, your budget, and your goals. We are passionate about lighting and love what we do—we’ll get you an answer. To speak with an Access Fixtures lighting specialist, call (800) 468-9925.