GB2303906A - Road Lights - Google Patents

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GB2303906A
GB2303906A GB9515692A GB9515692A GB2303906A GB 2303906 A GB2303906 A GB 2303906A GB 9515692 A GB9515692 A GB 9515692A GB 9515692 A GB9515692 A GB 9515692A GB 2303906 A GB2303906 A GB 2303906A
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    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F21LIGHTING
    • F21VFUNCTIONAL FEATURES OR DETAILS OF LIGHTING DEVICES OR SYSTEMS THEREOF; STRUCTURAL COMBINATIONS OF LIGHTING DEVICES WITH OTHER ARTICLES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • F21V23/00Arrangement of electric circuit elements in or on lighting devices
    • F21V23/04Arrangement of electric circuit elements in or on lighting devices the elements being switches
    • F21V23/0442Arrangement of electric circuit elements in or on lighting devices the elements being switches activated by means of a sensor, e.g. motion or photodetectors
    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E01CONSTRUCTION OF ROADS, RAILWAYS, OR BRIDGES
    • E01FADDITIONAL WORK, SUCH AS EQUIPPING ROADS OR THE CONSTRUCTION OF PLATFORMS, HELICOPTER LANDING STAGES, SIGNS, SNOW FENCES, OR THE LIKE
    • E01F9/00Arrangement of road signs or traffic signals; Arrangements for enforcing caution
    • E01F9/30Arrangements interacting with transmitters or receivers otherwise than by visible means, e.g. using radar reflectors or radio transmitters
    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E01CONSTRUCTION OF ROADS, RAILWAYS, OR BRIDGES
    • E01FADDITIONAL WORK, SUCH AS EQUIPPING ROADS OR THE CONSTRUCTION OF PLATFORMS, HELICOPTER LANDING STAGES, SIGNS, SNOW FENCES, OR THE LIKE
    • E01F9/00Arrangement of road signs or traffic signals; Arrangements for enforcing caution
    • E01F9/50Road surface markings; Kerbs or road edgings, specially adapted for alerting road users
    • E01F9/553Low discrete bodies, e.g. marking blocks, studs or flexible vehicle-striking members
    • E01F9/559Low discrete bodies, e.g. marking blocks, studs or flexible vehicle-striking members illuminated
    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E01CONSTRUCTION OF ROADS, RAILWAYS, OR BRIDGES
    • E01FADDITIONAL WORK, SUCH AS EQUIPPING ROADS OR THE CONSTRUCTION OF PLATFORMS, HELICOPTER LANDING STAGES, SIGNS, SNOW FENCES, OR THE LIKE
    • E01F9/00Arrangement of road signs or traffic signals; Arrangements for enforcing caution
    • E01F9/60Upright bodies, e.g. marker posts or bollards; Supports for road signs
    • E01F9/658Upright bodies, e.g. marker posts or bollards; Supports for road signs characterised by means for fixing
    • E01F9/669Upright bodies, e.g. marker posts or bollards; Supports for road signs characterised by means for fixing for fastening to safety barriers or the like
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F21LIGHTING
    • F21SNON-PORTABLE LIGHTING DEVICES; SYSTEMS THEREOF; VEHICLE LIGHTING DEVICES SPECIALLY ADAPTED FOR VEHICLE EXTERIORS
    • F21S2/00Systems of lighting devices, not provided for in main groups F21S4/00 - F21S10/00 or F21S19/00, e.g. of modular construction
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F21LIGHTING
    • F21VFUNCTIONAL FEATURES OR DETAILS OF LIGHTING DEVICES OR SYSTEMS THEREOF; STRUCTURAL COMBINATIONS OF LIGHTING DEVICES WITH OTHER ARTICLES, NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • F21V23/00Arrangement of electric circuit elements in or on lighting devices
    • F21V23/04Arrangement of electric circuit elements in or on lighting devices the elements being switches
    • F21V23/0435Arrangement of electric circuit elements in or on lighting devices the elements being switches activated by remote control means
    • FMECHANICAL ENGINEERING; LIGHTING; HEATING; WEAPONS; BLASTING
    • F21LIGHTING
    • F21WINDEXING SCHEME ASSOCIATED WITH SUBCLASSES F21K, F21L, F21S and F21V, RELATING TO USES OR APPLICATIONS OF LIGHTING DEVICES OR SYSTEMS
    • F21W2131/00Use or application of lighting devices or systems not provided for in codes F21W2102/00-F21W2121/00
    • F21W2131/10Outdoor lighting
    • F21W2131/103Outdoor lighting of streets or roads

Abstract

A system of lighting for roads and paths, comprises lights mounted on supports beside the road, lane or path. The lights are activated by sensor switches triggered by approaching vehicles or pedestrians. Catseyes or reflectors are installed at the edges of the road and its traffic lanes or path. The lights are recessed or hooded, and directed slightly downwards, across and forwards, to minimise peripheral dazzle. They are activated in batches illuminating the road or path for a safe distance, then extinguished after an adequate time period. The catseyes or reflectors are colour coded to denote the edges of the road and lanes and path.

Description

ROADL I GHTS ROADLIGHTS.

DESCRIPTION: A system for lighting motorways, dual carriageways and other roads and paths.

Roads are usually lit by street lights. These provide good visibility for motorists but carry many disadvantages including the following: They are expensive to procure, install, operate, maintain, service and replace.

All operations on them cause disruption to traffic.

They are unsightly in daylight.

They are obtrusive in darkness.

They are dangerous in collision.

According to the present invention there is provided a system of lighting for roads which is based on the interaction of spotlights, sensor beam switches and reflective strip catseyes.

In a preferred embodiment the system includes the following features: 1. Spotlights are mounted on the crash barriers or on other low supports on each side of the road and directed across the road.

Each spotlight is directed slightly ahead of a line crossing the road, and is hooded to restrict its beam to a narrow zone.

Its power is restricted to project its beam to the centre of the road only.

Its direction is slightly below the horizontal so that the beam illuminates the road and is reflected by the catseyes and the rear reflectors of vehicles but does not dazzle road users.

2. Reflective strip catseyes are installed in the road marking the edges of the lanes and the sides of the road.

They are coloured according to the conventional scheme in respect of the nearside and offside edges of the road and of its lanes, access and slip roads.

The reflective strip catseyes catch the beams from the spotlights and mark the edges of the road and lanes for a safe distance ahead of the vehicle.

3. Sensor beams able to detect movement are mounted on the crash barriers and directed across the road.

When an approaching vehicle breaks a beam the spotlights are activated for a safe distance ahead and illuminate the road and the catseyes.

After a safe period which would allow the vehicle to pass the illuminated section of the road the lights are extinguished to save electricity and to return the locality to its natural darkness. Any stationary vehicle or other obstacle is illuminated when the system is triggered by the approach of another road user.

4. The spotlights have lenses mounted on their sides which face the approaching traffic. They are lit by the spotlights and are coloured according to the above convention for each side of the road.

Claims (7)

ROADLIGHTS. APPLICANT: FRANCIS EDWARD KENNAWAY BOLTON. CLAIMS.
1. A system of lighting comprising lights mounted on supports beside the intended route, and directed across it, the lights being activated by sensor switches triggered by approaching vehicles or route users, and extinguished by time switches after a suitable period, and having seyes or reflectors installed at the edges of the route, path or traffic lanes.
2. A system of lighting as in Claim 1 in which batches of lights are activated by approaching vehicles or pedestrians by means of light beam sensors.
3. A system of lighting as in Claims 1 or 2 in which the lights are directed diagonally forwards and across the road or path.
4. A system of lighting as claimed in any one of claims 1 to 3 having lights recessed within housing to minimise peripheral dazzle.
5. A system of lighting as claimed in any one of Claims 1 to 4 having lights directed slightly downwards towards the road or path to minimise peripheral dazzle.
G. A system of lighting as claimed in any one of Claims 1 to 5 having fluorescent catseyes or reflectors installed to mark the road and/or its lanes and/or the path and/or the route.
7. A system of lighting as claimed in any one of Claims 1 to 6 having windows in the sides of the lights visible to approaching road ol path users.
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US8427076B2 (en) 2007-06-29 2013-04-23 Carmanah Technologies Corp. Intelligent area lighting system
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US3893000A (en) * 1973-09-17 1975-07-01 John Francis Guercio Highway lighting system
US3938080A (en) * 1974-06-03 1976-02-10 Kurt W. Thurston System for the programmed flashing of warning lights
EP0422695A2 (en) * 1985-07-23 1991-04-17 Minnesota Mining And Manufacturing Company A system comprising roadway marking strips
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DE19826288B4 (en) * 1998-06-12 2006-04-27 Volkswagen Ag Simulation arrangement for motor vehicle accidents and method for the simulation of motor vehicle accidents
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