Improved Cat’s Eyes
Modern electronics, particularly the use of LED lighting, has led to the introduction of a significantly improved road delineation stud. Instead of simply reflecting light from car headlights, the SolarLite product emits light to provide 900 metres of visibility from high intensity LEDs. The key to the device is the state-of-the-art electronics and the integrated solar energy harnessing and storage facility. The electronics is housed in a totally clear, impact resistant housing using a resin provided by IFS Chemicals. The key to its success lies in the low curing exotherm and high mechanical performance of the resin, thus protecting the electronics within the device. A further requirement was the ability of the resin to remain totally colourless, even after many years of exposure to high UV loadings. This specially formulated product has been in use for several years and is set to become the norm, following tests that show a decrease of over 70% in night-time accidents.