A house in Spain recently caught our eye. Newly updated by Buyesc Arquitectes, the Spanish home’s south-facing wall is now clad with polycarbonate. The designer’s intent was to transform the home into a low-energy building - polycarbonate panels improve thermal efficiency by capturing solar energy and gradually transferring it indoors. Polycarbonate also provides excellent insulating value in the range of R-4 when compared to glass.
EXTECH has been touting the benefits of polycarbonate in commercial and industrial construction for years - its versatility, durability, and sustainable properties make it a superior glazing material for so many applications. Given its benefits for commercial building envelope systems, it makes sense that it is becoming a prominent façade material for single-family and multi-family housing. It also makes sense that polycarbonate will be an important building envelope choice for commercial construction in the upcoming decades.
Is polycarbonate the future of architecture? There is some interesting evidence that points to this trend:
- A recent report by Grand View Research asserts that U.S. demand for polycarbonate was USD 15.24 billion in 2015, with the construction industry making up roughly a quarter of that demand. The report goes on to predict that the U.S. polycarbonate market will grow to more than USD 30 billion by 2024, with the demand from construction increasing as well. These numbers reflect other analyses that predict the polycarbonate industry will double on a global scale over the next decade.
- The movement toward green construction extends beyond federal regulation – it is a moral obligation felt by many millennials. Dozens of start-ups have emerged in the U.S. and E.U. in recent years that focus on green technology for sustainable building construction. The grassroots coalition Architects Advocate wrote an open letter to President Trump asking for his support of the design industry’s commitment to addressing climate change. The movement toward environmentally-friendly design is expected to grow, and given polycarbonate’s sustainability properties (it is recyclable and lends itself to daylighting, which lowers energy usage) coupled with its durability, it is an ideal material in this vein.
- In addition to Buyesc Arquitectes’ design mentioned above, there has been quite a bit of innovative construction in the past few years that utilizes polycarbonate. Just this month, DeZeen’s Lizzie Crook compiled a nice list of worldwide projects that use translucent polycarbonate panels; the project applications are wide-ranging and include sports halls, residential buildings, and art spaces. The intentions for incorporating polycarbonate differ – some designers were interested in polycarbonate’s unique aesthetic qualities ("sometimes the building blends with the sky, sometimes [it] is confused with the trees; at times the building seems to have its own light") while others liked the natural, diffused illumination polycarbonate daylighting offers. The reasons are myriad, but their designs are prominent and catching the attention of people around the globe.
Although polycarbonate has been used in building construction for 40+ years, there is still a great deal of potential for its use as a leading building envelope material. If the number of students that request system samples of our LIGHTWALL translucent walls and download our CAD and Specification files is any indication, then the future is going to include a lot of polycarbonate - we look forward to what tomorrow’s architects have to offer in the way of polycarbonate design.
Company: EXTECH/Exterior Technologies, Inc.
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EXTECH/Exterior Technologies, Inc. is an award-winning manufacturer and designer of wall, window, skylight, canopy, and custom façade systems. We deliver solutions for a variety of industries and applications, and are committed to collaboration, innovation, and exceptional engineering.
Company: EXTECH/Exterior Technologies, Inc.
There are three main components to commercial lampposts: The actual post, the lighting fixture, and the light bulb. The post, the fixture and the light bulb can create a multitude of common issues that impact the functionality of your commercial lighting systems.
Common Problems With Light Bulbs
There are a number of problems that arise from using traditional incandescent bulbs as well as CFL bulbs. While LED bulbs can also have issues, they tend to be fewer and far between. LED bulbs are the most energy efficient, cost effective and long lasting option on the market. That’s why most businesses have already made the switch. According to Energy.gov, LED bulbs have the greatest potential impact on energy savings in the US. By the year 2027, it’s estimated that LEDs could save over $33 billion a year at today’s electrical costs.
Common Problems With CFL Bulbs
Problem: Bulb burns out without cause.
Some CFL bulbs are defective, in which case that could be your issue and you just need a replacement bulb. Higher quality bulbs are less likely to fail. You should also check the packaging to make sure the bulb works with your particular fixture. Some bulbs are only meant to be used indoors and/or not with dimmers.
Problem: The bulb burns out prematurely.
When your bulb goes out earlier than it should, it may have something to do with vibrations and impact, both of which CFL bulbs are sensitive to. These vibrations can come from something as seemingly simple as a door routinely slamming shut. If lights are frequently used, an LED bulb may offer a better solution.
Problem: The bulb is flickering or buzzing.
CFL bulbs rely on a ballast to spark voltage and provide light. If the ballast is not supplying sufficient electricity, the bulb may start buzzing and flickering. If the ballast is faulty or loose this issue may also occur. Try changing the bulb and if the problem persists the issue is likely the ballast. You will need to call an electrician for repairs.
Common Problems With Incandescent Bulbs
Problem: The bulb burns out faster than it should.
The bulb you are using might not have the correct wattage for the fixture. Double check the rating on your fixture and use a bulb that supplies the appropriate wattage. Using incorrectly matched bulbs and fixtures will result in the bulb overheating and burning out much sooner than it should.
Problem: The bulb is not turning on at all.
The bulb could be burned out, or if it’s new it could be faulty. It may also just be too loose in the socket to form a proper connection. If a new bulb or tighter connection doesn’t address the problem, the issue might be with the fixture, outlet, cord or the switch could be defective.
Problem: The bulb is flickering.
If the bulb is loose it may cause the light to flicker. If a ceiling fan is attached to the fixture, vibrations from the fan may cause the bulbs to jiggle loose and subsequently flicker. If the bulb or connection is corroded, this can also create flickering. Other issues might relate to the cord, fixture, outlet or a defective switch.
Common Problems With LED Bulbs
Problem: The bulb burns out too early.
LED bulbs should last much longer than any other bulbs. But there are cheap LED bulbs on the market that do not last as long as high quality LED bulbs. These cheaper bulbs are not able to disperse heat as quickly as they create it, which ultimately leads to an early demise.
Problem: The bulb will not work with a dimmer.
Not all LED bulbs work with a standard dimmer. That’s because the wattage is lower than what’s necessary for dimming features to work. Look for LED bulbs with a dimmable LED driver and use electronic dimmers as opposed to magnetic dimmers.
Common Problems With Light Posts
Your lampposts are just as important as the bulbs inside of them, without one the other isn’t going to do its job. Plus, lampposts create a style that reflects your business, which means you don’t want an unattractive fixture.
Problem: Lamppost is breaking down quicker than expected.
Our resin-based lampposts are far superior to traditional lampposts. In general, most light poles have seams and the inside of the base is neither powder coated nor enamel finished. As a result, it’s very easy for moisture and salt to get inside and create a world of problems. We manufacture our lampposts differently so that they are resistant to moisture, salt, corrosion, impact damage and so forth.
Problem: The post base is corroded or damaged.
The first place that traditional lampposts show wear and tear is at the bottom of the pole. That’s because this is where water has the greatest chance to penetrate through surfaces. It’s also where the most bumps occur from cars, pedestrians, golf carts and so forth. It only takes a bump or two to form tiny fractures in the surface that allow moisture to easily sneak inside and create further damage.
Our specially manufactured lampposts do not rust or corrode and are very resistant to impact damage. Yet, just because the bottom of your lamppost is looking less than its best, doesn’t mean you need to invest in replacing your entire lamppost. That’s why we created a lamppost base that can be attached to almost any standard sized pole. Our lamppost base adds years onto your lightpole by preventing additional corrosion and other issues from further damaging the post. Plus, it dramatically improves outward appearances. Our motto is: If you can’t replace, rebase! Learn more: Light Post Bases
Problem: Lampposts are not providing sufficient light.
Your property likely requires more than just lampposts to be considered sufficiently lit. Tree ring lights, in-ground lights and bullet lights are just some of your many lighting fixture options. Adding a variety of different lighting fixtures helps evenly disperse light throughout your property, shinning light on different heights and angles. Shop our full collection of long lasting landscape lighting: Landscape Lighting
Common Problems With Light Fixtures
Light Fixtures offer a multitude of design solutions for a wide array of lighting installations. Whether one is trying to achieve a particular theme feature by selecting a traditional or modern design or one is selecting a fixture that offers the correct light distribution for the application, there are fixtures to solve most challenges. Be sure to ask if the city or community participates in Dark-Sky initiatives or if it’s a coastal project, if there are Turtle-Friendly regulations to comply with. A TerraCast Lighting representative can help guide you through these challenges.
Company: TerraCast Products LLC
Product: Classic Lamps Posts
Urban loft spaces in trendy areas like Victorian Village in Columbus or Little Italy in Cleveland can be cool but not if they are dark and have closed in spaces. One challenge of loft apartment housing is how to create a light open space while creating visual separations between rooms. Once excellent way to do this is through the use of distinctive modern glass block wall partitions.
Glass blocks have moved on from its traditional roots to now incorporated fun and vibrant colors and eye-popping textured looks which stand out in your modern home. Check out these 5 cool ideas to move light through the inside of your loft while providing privacy and an interesting look which can be as unique as you are.
Idea #1 – Adding shape and texture to your glass privacy walls
If you go to sleek modern hotels like “The W” you’ll see ample use of textured walls. I am now seeing this trend in textured ceramic wall tiles in bathrooms and kitchens. But one application which is just now getting known is the use of textured glass partition walls to separate rooms. These walls are fun because they not only move the light between spaces – but they literally extend into a room to create a sense of texture and excitement. There are patterns with horizontal flutes and even a pyramid type of look which juts out into the space. Very fun!
Idea #2 – The glass brick partition wall
When you think of bricks I bet the image which comes to your mind is the traditional red brick building more associated with life in the suburbs or old industrial buildings. While there is nothing wrong with the suburban red brick look (and some exposed red brick walls can look cool in an urban contemporary space) a ceramic brick cannot move light through walls. This is where the glass brick partition comes in. This hip, upscale material comes in clear, bronze, black or an aqua blue colors and beautifully (and colorfully) moves light while creating a steady and attractive wall partition.
Idea #3 – Illumination in unexpected places
What makes loft apartment housing more difficult is you rarely find windows on more than two sides (note: this is because overall plan layout tends to be vertically oriented with one apartment next to another with interior walls separating spaces). This makes the need to be creative with your illumination strategies critical. While natural lighting is always tops on the list – finding other ways to transmit light also needs to be incorporated into your plan. Check out this lofted apartment space which added lighting under the raised section for an alternative lighting approach. It’s creative and unique.
Idea #4 – Fun colors in small spaces
Let’s face it, part of the reason you’re moving to the city is to have more fun. Being able to jump out of your apartment and take in an Ohio State Buckeyes, Cleveland Browns or Columbus Blue Jackets game on a whim. The urban lifestyle enables you to enjoy the vibrancy of the city without the hassle of cutting a lawn – every again (yes!). That’s the nice part about city life. The tougher part is you don’t have the sprawling inside space you once enjoyed. Tighter loft spaces require more thoughtful design – both with respect to lighting and the use of color. Smaller urban spaces beg for more personality than what you had in the ‘burbs. Whether you’re working with an interior designer or using your own creative inspiration think about adding some eye-popping color to your design. Now is the time to dump the boring beige tones you were captive to in the ‘burbs!
Idea #5 – Shape can be your friend
Who ever said all the walls had to be straight and rectangular? They must have been designing those cookie-cutter McMansions in the suburbs in the late 1990’s. Whether you’re looking at drywall or glass walls why not add some curvature or even a fun serpentine design. The glass block wall below used an S- shaped serpentine designs with one of a kind glass tile block accents. It’s certainly not going to be confused for boring!
To my way of thinking I see cool, contemporary glass and the downtown urban loft apartment vibe as natural partners of one another. What do you think about the use of glass (or glass block or bricks) textured or colored walls to add some fun, light and interest to your space? If you have any questions feel free to call the numbers or comment below.
For assistance with modern glass or glass block or brick partition walls (which can be prefabricated to your specifications) call Innovate Building Solutions on a nationwide basis 877-668-5888. For a local installation or supply project Cleveland Glass Block (216-531-6363) or Columbus Glass Block (614-252-5888) can help.
Company: Innovate Building Solutions
Of: Mike Foti
When it comes to design, the Color Rendering Index (CRI) is an important aspect of any lighting consideration. Different light bulbs emit different colors of light – ranging from cool tones to warm. The CRI of a bulb is determined by comparing the appearance of a colored object under an artificial light source to its appearance under natural light. The higher the CRI, the truer the color presentation.
Why is CRI important in outdoor lighting?
When you select lighting options with high CRI, colors will pop, textures will stand out, and finishes have depth and luster. As such, many architects refer to lighting as the fourth element of good design.
Selecting a high CRI is important when designing outdoor spaces, too, because it allows us to create the desired ambiance – whether it be warm and inviting for entertainment or a tranquil niche for relaxing after a long day. With the onset of the vast capabilities of LEDs, outdoor features within a space can be accented by focusing the position of the light, as pictured here with post accent lights – and it all starts with the right bulb that shines a natural (high-CRI) light.
Great outdoor lighting design, however, is more than just varying the warmth of color coming from a bulb. A high CRI allows designers to create layers and textures of light. Outdoor LEDs can be used to create complex layers of light throughout your garden. Some of the more popular lighting techniques include spotlighting, highlighting, silhouetting, shadowing and grazing (with lights mounted at or above the ceiling). Using light to designate what’s most important intuitively draws attention to specific spaces. For instance, a home may be lit on the outside, but good lighting design will incorporate layers of light to clearly denote the pathway to the entrance.
The right lighting can turn a potential hazard, such as steps and walkways, into areas that are more easily navigated after dark. This is especially important for businesses that provide services for older individuals who have poor eyesight. In fact, more and more thought is being given to the type of lighting used in parking lots, parking garages and pedestrian walkways. Facilities that install high-CRI lighting feel more secure to pedestrians and drivers, and as more institutions, such as educational, medical and commercial, run operations after dark, this is an important consideration to creating a secure and welcoming environment.
As lighting technology continues to advance, we expect awareness to grow and the importance of the Color Rendering Index to continue to be a key element in outdoor lighting design.
Company: Feeney, Inc
Cellular Polycarbonate Specialists
EXTECH specializes in the use of cellular polycarbonate for its host of benefits including daylighting, energy savings, superior impact resistance and insulation properties.
We provide a variety of translucent wall and interior panels, windows, skylights, and canopies for industrial and commercial clients. We also provide mortarless glass block systems and porcelain walls for use in outdoor rain/windscreens or interior applications, both of these products are extremely resistant to vandalism.
All of our products are designed for ease of installation and maintenance, including 10 year manufacturer warranties. Our group of dedicated staff who "like to build things" are also happy to provide custom facade work based on over 35 years of award-winning engineering excellence.
Our Product Lines
- Polycarbonate walls
- Polycarbonate windows and skylights for industrial or architectural use. Our skylights are capable of incomparable spans, without leaks.
- Mortarless glass block and porcelain walls, perfect for windscreens, transit stations/shelters
- Custom facades and building envelope
We make you AND your buildings look good
with our uniquely designed polycarbonate products for building exteriors
The Many Uses and Benefits of Cellular Polycarbonate
- Diffused daylighting saves on energy costs, prevents glare and provides optimum visibility
- High Levels of Impact Resistance
- Lightweight material demands less structural support and requires less energy to operate when used as doors
- Highly insulating with values up to U-.25 (R-4) for 40 mm thick panels
- 100% Recyclable panels and aluminum framing is LEED Credit friendly
- Panels can be cold formed to a radius, unlike glass
- Easy maintenance and cleaning
- 10 Year Manufacturer Warranties
- The most advanced aluminum perimeter framing systems in the industry in a wide range of finishes
- Air/water/structural testing
Company: EXTECH/Exterior Technologies, Inc.
A variety of sizes and mount styles make Delray Circles a versatile, flexible choice for all applications and architetural styles. All feature the latest, best quality LEDs by Nichia, which employs a rigorous quality- controlled binning process to ensure consistent color temperature match across multiple fixtures. Delray’s LED boards are built to operate well below the maximum current for which they’re designed, increasing product life beyond the even the highest expectations.
Uno circles feature a minimalist 1-inch extruded aluminum housing profile, with a proprietary acrylic lens that provides broad, even illumination. Available in four sizes, with surface or remote, central or separate, driver mount options. Uno is offered with single-color red or blue LEDs, RGB with DMX512 interface, or with white 90 CRI Nichia LED chips, which are available in 3000º, 3500º, and 4000º Kelvin color temperatures.
Dos utilizes the same width extrusion as Uno, but with a higher 2-inch profile, to accommodate both downlight and uplight components. Dos circles are offered with white 90 CRI Nichia LED chips, available in 3000º, 3500º, and 4000º Kelvin color temperatures. They may also be ordered with single-color red or blue LEDs or RGB with DMX512 interface for the uplight or downlight. The uplight may be switched and/or dimmed independantly from the downlight. Like Uno, Dos is also available in four sizes, with surface or remote, central or separate, driver mount options.
With a diameter of 24 inches, Cylindro 650’s smooth, round anodized aluminum outer shell provides contrast for the inner opal acrylic diffuser, which produces soft, even up and down light. This Cylindro is available with single-color red or blue LEDs, RGB with DMX512 interface, or with white 90 CRI Nichia LED chips, which are available in 3000º, 3500º, and 4000º Kelvin color temperatures.
Cylindro II circles feature an extruded aluminum outer housing, with an inner acrylic lens that provides broad, even illumination. Fixtures are available in three sizes, with surface or remote, central or separate, driver mount options. Cylindro II is available with single-color red or blue LEDs, RGB with DMX512 interface, or with white 90 CRI Nichia LED chips, which are available in 3000º, 3500º, and 4000º Kelvin color temperatures.
Cylindro III circles feature an extruded aluminum inner housing, with an outer acrylic lens that provides broad, even illumination. Fixtures are available in three sizes, with surface or remote, central or separate, driver mount options. Cylindro III is available with single-color red or blue LEDs, RGB with DMX512 interface, or with white 90 CRI Nichia LED chips, which are available in 3000º, 3500º, and 4000º Kelvin color temperatures.
Company: Delray Lighting
As we reported in our earlier blog post, The Rise of Outdoor Lighting, homeowners continue to place a high priority on renovating outdoor living spaces. Taking center stage in these renovations is outdoor lighting. The report says, “Outdoor lighting is the most common [system] upgrade, whether it is LED (28%), solar (23%) or other (17%).”
The emergence of LED lighting has been a game-changer in outdoor design. Unlike their conventional counterparts, LEDs do not have a filament that will burn out or break, and they have a significantly longer lifespan (50,000 hours or more, compared to 15,000 to 35,000 hours for conventional HID lighting ) – which make them extremely energy efficient.
Because LEDs are so durable and energy efficient, they’ve become the leader in outdoor lighting. They can be used anywhere on your property, from lighting walkways and steps to illuminating patios and outdoor living spaces. Here are a few ways high efficiency LEDs are playing a significant role in outdoor lighting design.
Lighting the Way – In outdoor landscaping design, lighting can be a visual cue for defining the entrance to a home. It can be as simple as additional walkway lighting to as multifaceted as using many options to create a dramatic illuminated pathway to the front door.
Marking the Perimeter – If you have a deck, LED rail lighting can offer a modest amount of light that can set the ambiance for an evening gathering while still marking the deck’s perimeter. Also, LED rope lighting is often used to outline raised flower beds and water features.
Adding a Layer of Safety – Once the sun sets, outdoor areas can be a bit more dangerous to navigate; however, LED lighting as a design element will add a layer of safety to steps. Lighting is often added to hardscape stairs, or as seen below with the LED Post Accent Light . In this scenario, the accent light attaches to the post face to create a warm, white light.
Putting Functionality into Outdoor Kitchens – To add more functionality to outdoor kitchens, LED flexible strips are being integrated into outdoor bar and cooking areas. These strips position nicely under cabinets or along the underside of countertops and provide the perfect accent lighting, as well as make the outdoor kitchen much more functional after dark.
Accenting Landscaping Elements – One of the key benefits of using LEDs in landscape design is that they can be positioned to emit light in specific directions. Up-lighting under trees, for instance, creates interesting shadows, sometimes referred to the “Frankenstein Effect.” Alternately, strategic positioning of up-lights allows them to illuminate an architectural detail of the home, or even a piece of outdoor artwork or sculpture.
As LEDs continue to extend their foothold into landscape design, so will technological advances – bringing with it creativity and inspiring ideas for all to enjoy.
Company: Feeney, Inc
Introducing the NuTone Haven™ Backyard Lighting & Mosquito Repellent System
Don't let biting mosquitoes keep you from enjoying time outdoors with family and friends! The NuTone Haven™ Backyard Lighting & Mosquito Repellent System features innovative landscape fixtures that provide season-long, effective protection from mosquitoes without the hassle of sprays, messy traps to clean, or fuels to deal with. Each fixture provides 110 square feet of coverage and is safe to use in any outdoor environment.
Light and Mosquito Repellent Fixture
Haven Backyard Light & Mosquito Repellent Fixture combines attractive, efficient LED lighting with mosquito repellency, to enhance your patio, deck or yard. Includes one repellent cartridge.
EFFECTIVE: Haven’s patented mosquito protection system provides protection within 15 minutes of use and is effective against all types of mosquitoes, including the Aedes aegypti mosquito, a known carrier of the Zika virus.
CONVENIENT: Odorless, silent, invisible during use – no smelly oils, smoke, or zapping sounds to disturb you.
SAFE: Child-resistant fixture opens with screwdriver. Repellent won’t harm plants, flowers, shrubs or lawns.
SIMPLE TO USE: As easy as turning on the lights to say goodbye to biting mosquitoes.
EASY TO INSTALL: Each fixture is designed for easy insertion into cable connectors and comes with adaptors to fit most existing wiring systems and transformers.
Mosquito Repellent Fixture
The Haven Mosquito Repellent Fixture can be used to repel mosquitoes where lighting is not needed. Easily added to an existing low voltage lighting installation, the Haven Mosquito Repellent fixture offers the same patented mosquito protection system in a discreet, low-profile design that blends in to any landscape. Includes one repellent cartridge.
The timer/control allows programming of two circuits of up to four fixtures for automatic operation, either by time of day or by Solar Sensor. (For example: set lights to turn on at dusk and remain on for 5 hours; set repellent to turn on at 7 pm and off at 9 pm.)
Easily replaceable cartridges are available in single and four packs. Each repellent cartridge provides season-long mosquito protection and lasts 90 days when used 2.4 hours per day, providing convenient protection from mosquitoes: no batteries, candles, butane, or external fuels required, no spraying to schedule, no messy traps to empty.
Company: Broan-NuTone LLC
The 2015 Houzz Landscaping & Garden Trends Study  revealed that renovating outdoor living spaces continues to be a high priority for homeowners: “Over half of homeowners who are upgrading their outdoor spaces spend six or more hours there per week (51%). Relaxing, gardening and entertaining are the top three uses of the space.” Given these facts, the rise of outdoor lighting is no surprise!
The 2015 Houzz Landscaping & Garden Trends Study revealed that renovating outdoor living spaces continues to be a high priority for homeowners: “Over half of homeowners who are upgrading their outdoor spaces spend six or more hours there per week (51%). Relaxing, gardening and entertaining are the top three uses of the space.”
This finding is no surprise, really. As our lives get busier, we tend to want places in our homes where we can unwind, with nature often the conduit.
The Houzz report further noted that as outdoor living continues to be a high priority, a trend taking center stage is outdoor lighting. The report says, “Outdoor lighting is the most common [system] upgrade, whether it is LED (28%), solar (23%) or other (17%).”
The rise of outdoor lighting is motivated by a rising interest in aesthetics and in home entertainment.
Outdoor Lighting: Enhancing Aesthetics & Landscape Design
Gone are the days of one light fixture at the front door and another at the back. Today’s luminary options are practically endless. Artisan gas fire pit tables and beautiful rope-lit water features serve as backyard focal points in neighborhoods across the country, while string lighting under the pergola and lighting integrated within the flower beds can serve as a soft and subtle backdrop.
Outdoor Lighting: Extending Entertainment
Integrating outdoor lighting into a landscape design allows homeowners to enjoy their beautiful outdoor space for an extended period of time. These innovative designs provide folks the ability to enjoy their space even when the sun goes down.
Even where no landscape lighting exists, post accent lights, as seen in the photo, can create the perfect ambiance for evening entertainment. Often, these lights are compatible with third-party dimmers and switches, so you can create the perfect level of lighting for any situation.
What’s next on the horizon for outdoor living? Only time will tell. However, we predict the rise of outdoor lighting is not fading anytime soon. This is due, in part, to advancements in LED technology and people’s desire to create beautiful outdoor spaces, increase home safety and security and find more ways to utilize their outdoor space – no matter the season.
Company: Feeney, Inc
Are your light poles looking old, ugly and worn down? Instead of replacing light poles, you can restore them to like new by adding a decorative base. As we like to say, if you can’t replace it, re-base it!
Light posts are susceptible to all kinds of damage, and many common materials used to manufacture light posts are not good at standing up to these elements without incurring obvious signs of wear and tear.
Generally the worst of the damage forms at the base of the pole, which is right where everyone looks. The top of the pole may look just fine, but since all people really see is the middle to bottom portion of the pole it looks overdue for replacement. This can impact the first impression people gather about a location. If the lighting fixtures appear rusted and old, people may assume all kinds of things.
Our special resin-blend is made from Linear Low Density Polyethylene. This material is specially formulated to resist rust, corrosion, impact damage and many more things typical light post materials are damaged by. Our decorative bases offer the perfect solution to removing an eyesore and preventing it from happening again, all without actually having to replace your light poles.
How To Fix Unsightly Light Poles Without Replacing
Time and time again we meet with clients that don’t want to replace their entire collection of light poles, but are faced with some serious eyesores. Our decorative resin bases for light poles offer the perfect cost-effective solution.
Decorative bases can be fit to any standard sized pole, with a diameter no larger than 7.25”. As a result the light post looks like new despite the fact it originally looked like it needed to retire.
Why TerraCast Decorative Bases?
Our decorative bases are made from a unique material that outlasts the competition and provides a high-end look made to fit with your exact style and vision.
Our light pole bases are:
- Cost Effective
- Resistant to graffiti
- Guaranteed for up to 10-years
- UV stabilized to resist fading
- Resistant to chips and cracks
The Importance Of Resin
It all starts with the materials we use to craft all our products, including our decorative light pole bases. There are no other light poles on the market as durable as our resin fixtures. Our manufacturing process creates a lightweight material that is very difficult to damage, and is resistant to rust, corrosion and stains. As a result, our products outlast many popular materials including aluminum, fiberglass and polyurethane foam.
If the base of light poles are showing signs of rust, discoloration, chips or other damages it is likely because they are: a) really old, or, b) not made from materials meant to withstand the elements for more than a couple of seasons. You might be surprised to discover just how many residential and commercial light poles are made to look good but only for a limited time.
Light posts are susceptible to all kinds of wear and tear, regardless if they are located in the middle of a grassy field or on the side of the street. Resin is made to stand up to all of the elements standard materials are not.
Light fixtures positioned in grass are susceptible to being hit by weed whackers. This is a pretty common way for the base of poles to get chipped, allowing damage to set in. Water, animal urine and anything else can get right inside the post through these cracks, even if the chip is too small to see with the naked eye. As a result, corrosion, rust and discoloration may take place.
Our resin is highly resistant to cracks, even from fast moving weed whackers. That means your light posts are no longer in danger from landscapers.
If your light posts are situated on a busy street they are susceptible to being hit by vehicles or golf carts. Brittle materials often used to manufacture light posts are not able to withstand impact damage, cracking or completely splitting on contact.
Our unique material is made to bend with impact so that it can expand and retract without the same risks for cracking and breaking.
Eco-Friendly & Made In The USA
Our products are proudly made in the USA with eco-friendly practices. We can provide product with up to 100% recycled material. Plus, our products are recyclable.
Thanks to the UV stabilizers we add to the product makeup our light poles are far less susceptible to fading than the competition. This keeps your light poles looking great longer.
Adding a resin base to your light pole adds new life and value, but what happens if someone comes and puts graffiti on it? Thankfully, our non-porous material does not absorb the stain past the first layer. As a result, it’s incredibly easy to wipe away graffiti without enlisting the help of professional or costly supplies.
How often do dogs pee on your light poles? Maybe you think never, but chances are some animal, domesticated or wild, is peeing around your property. The unique content of urine creates extensive damage to poles made from most materials, except for our specially formulated resin.
Score the look of new light poles for a fraction of the cost by adding our durable decorative bases to old, rusting, or rundown fixtures. There is nothing else on the market like our resin products, and our light poles and decorative bases stand in bright proof of that.
Company: TerraCast Products LLC
The influence of Kalwall® on the award-winning John Fry Sports Park Pavilion in Edmonton, Alberta is obvious and immediate. Verti-kal panels encase the building, allowing it to glow softly at night and bathe the locker rooms in diffuse natural daylight during the day.
The pavilion, which houses six locker rooms and a concession stand, has been described as a lantern for the players using the multiple baseball and softball fields of this sprawling complex in the southeastern corner of Edmonton. It is a distinct feature of the park and is visible from all six of the park’s playing fields.
Designed by the marc boutin architectural collaborative inc., the John Fry Sports Park Pavilion was named a 2015 Urban Design Award Winner in Urban Architecture by the city of Edmonton.
We chose to use Kalwall for a number of reasons. First and foremost, we saw the diffuse light qualities that were possible in using Kalwall,” says Tony Leong, M.Arch, lead architect on the project. “The nature of the program required the spaces to be well lit, but in terms of budget, performance and durability, curtain wall was not an option. The Kalwall product combined the clean aesthetic we were looking for with the performance and durability that was required.”
The aesthetics of the Verti-kal pattern works nicely with the industrial theme of the building that reflects the park’s neighborhood.
Company: Kalwall Corporation
The folks at Broan NuTone in Hartford have decided to pick a fight with Wisconsin's unofficial state bird, the mosquito.
This month, the company has taken to market its Haven Backyard Lighting & Mosquito Repellent System, a new product the company says combines the trend of outdoor living with the ability to repel the biting airborne menace.
The process of bringing the Haven product to market has been among the longest Broan NuTone has ever undertaken. The company makes products such as ventilation fans and range hoods that are in 80 million U.S. homes.
"We've been in development on this product since 2010," said Jeff Mueller, group president of Broan NuTone. It has been tested in the laboratory and at 15 sites across North America. "We've been working on this for a long time to get it right.
"This has undergone extensive testing," Mueller added. "We've tested it heavily against different mosquito classes. The effectiveness is very strong. I have it in my yard and it's awesome."
There are no solid estimates on the total dollar value of the mosquito repellent/eradication market in the U.S.
"It's big," said Joe Conlon, a medical entomologist and technical adviser and spokesman for the New Jersey-based American Mosquito Control Association.
Market researcher IBISWorld puts the value of insect repellent manufacturing in the U.S. at $168 million. The Mosquito Control Association says the market for mosquito abatement is $300 million to $400 million, "But that's just the budget for all of the mosquito abatement districts that we know of," Conlon said.
Mueller said Broan NuTone is well aware that its new product is entering a marketplace crowded with science, junk science and folksy home remedies ranging from garlic to purple martins (neither is effective) as ways to repel or eliminate mosquitoes.
"We're very conscious of that," Mueller said. "We're very confident based on the field testing and our laboratory testing that consumers are going to be happy with the product."
Broan NuTone employs nearly 1,000 people in Hartford, roughly a third of the 3,000 people the company employs worldwide. The components for the Haven system are made around the world but final assembly, testing and distribution are all done in Hartford, Mueller said.
"Broan NuTone has called southeast Wisconsin home since 1932," he said. "We are very committed to Wisconsin."
Broan NuTone is a division of Rhode Island-based diversified manufacturing company Nortek Co.
The Haven works by using a patented system in which a heating element is enclosed within a low-wattage landscape light fixture. The heating element heats a cartridge and creates a silent, odorless, invisible vapor that contains a small amount of mosquito repellent metofluthrin.
The chemical and the Haven product are both registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Mueller said.
The company is offering the product through landscape and green build contractors. The system can be installed in ground or directly on outdoor decks.
"We believe, given that low voltage landscape lighting is the primary vehicle for delivering the protection, that the green channel plus the electricians that install outdoor lighting are the best way to buy the system and install the system," Mueller said.
The company is focusing its marketing efforts on what Mueller calls "the mosquito belt," — areas of the U.S. where the critters tend to overwhelm the populace.
"The lights themselves are competitively priced with other similar quality lights in the market," Mueller said. "You'll see them probably from $125 to $150 per light depending on configuration."
The retail price for one of the Haven product's mosquito repellent cartridge is in the $40 to $50 range and lasts 90 days when the system is run about two hours a day, Mueller said. One device covers about 110 square feet.
The company also offers a version of the system in which homeowners who already have a landscape lighting system can add mosquito repellent fixtures without lights.
The Haven product line is hitting the market just as hype surrounding the Zika virus has dominated the news. While Zika is a legitimate threat, other mosquito borne illnesses — including La Crosse encephalitis, named for the city in southwest Wisconsin, where it was first discovered in 1963 — remain, even if they no longer dominate headlines.
While control methods and insect repellents applied directly to the skin, specifically DEET, as well as modern medicine have rendered mosquitoes little more than a nuisance to most people in the developed world, that's not so elsewhere.
"They're the most dangerous creature on the planet by orders of magnitude," Conlon said. "People are afraid of sharks. They should be afraid of mosquitoes. One of the least of God's creatures, what they've wrought on mankind, they still kill about a million people a year."
Mueller said the emergence of the Zika virus is only coincidental to the release of the Haven product. "I can't say that we planned it," Mueller said. However, the company decided to increase its inventory of the product as a result of concerns about Zika.
So what will the coming mosquito season bring?
"Impossible to tell this early because so much depends on upcoming precipitation patterns," Susan Paskewitz, University of Wisconsin-Madison entomology professor and mosquito expert, said in an email. "Except in the driest of years, mosquitoes are always bad somewhere in Wisconsin at some point in the season, but we can't pinpoint those locations with much precision. There will probably be an initial peak in June of snowmelt species, again in July as the floodwater species get going and then things may settle down ... or not."
Added Conlon: "Everyone has an innate (chemical) attractiveness for mosquitoes. It's genetically based. Some are more attractive to mosquitoes than others."
To find businesses that offer the Haven Backyard Lighting & Mosquito Repellent System, go to http://www.nutone.com/haven.
Company: Broan-NuTone LLC
Of: Joe Taschler of the Journal Sentinel
Maglin has collaborated with Philips Lumec to offer a design-integrated line of sustainable site furniture
Maglin has collaborated with Philips Lumec to offer a design-integrated line of sustainable site furniture. The new of site furnishings blends seamlessly with SoleCity high performance LED outdoor lighting to create a unique look for any urban space.
SC Series Benches from Maglin are built with recycled aluminum castings and extrusions. Customize your installation with seating options built with High Density Paper Composite (HDPC) or Ipe hardwood.
SC Series Bike Racks are constructed with recycled aluminum castings. Maglin aluminum casting components contain 95% recycled content (57% post consumer, 38% post industrial). Two different base types offer adaptable installation options.
Crafted with recycled aluminum castings and extrusions, SC Series Bollards are available with four base types for adaptable installation. Decorative insert options include, powder coated aluminum, Ipe hardwood or stainless steel.
The SC Series Waste/Recycle Unit support is made from recycled cast aluminum and the durable metal frame is topped with a molded plastic lid. Multiple configurations accommodate many recycling programs.
Company: Maglin Site Furniture
Studio Bondy Architecture incorporated Kalwall translucent composite sandwich panels to thoughtfully craft a new facility that caters to the needs of the blind and their service animals.
Studio Bondy Architecture incorporated Kalwall translucent composite sandwich panels to thoughtfully craft a new facility that caters to the needs of the blind and their service animals.
Guide Dogs for the Blind raises service dogs and provides training to approximately 350 visually impaired people each year across two campuses in California and in Oregon at no charge. On the San Rafael campus, Studio Bondy Architecture designed a new student residence that houses guest rooms, community spaces, classrooms, and administrative offices. Folding forms and simple materials characterize the architecture, and deep roof overhangs,
layers of glass, and day-lit corridors of Kalwall provide transparency and natural ventilation. “It is a serene, beautiful place for learning,” says Laura Rambin, principal at SBA.
Although LEED certification was an initial goal, the non-profit chose not to pursue it in the end due to cost. “Every dollar spent is a dollar that must be donated to the organization,” Rambin says. The new building incorporates all of the sustainable features required by the California Green Building Standards Code, which is essentially equivalent to LEED Silver.
Company: Kalwall Corporation
Tree ring lighting can completely alter the look of commercial, residential and public properties, all while offering a world of unexpected benefits. Not only do tree lights improve the aesthetics of a property but they can also increase safety. The benefits go on and on, especially when you go with our specially formulated LLDPE resin-based tree ring lights.
Our tree ring lights come in a variety of sizes and colors and are made to withstand the elements better than any other tree lights on the market. Here are 10 major benefits to installing TerraCast tree ring lighting.
1. Reduced Risk Of Property Theft And Vandalism
Did you know you could reduce your risk for graffiti or vandalism by at least 20% by installing lighting fixtures? Well-lit properties are not as easy for criminals and vandals to target as dimly lit properties. Simply installing tree ring lighting makes your property appear more guarded, posing an extra risk for someone to vandalize your property or steal from you. (Reference)
2. Increased Safety
Tree lighting doesn’t just protect your property from bad guys and gals but it also helps protect customers and visitors that come after dark. There are few things more dangerous than trying to navigate an unfamiliar property in the dark. In fact, by having people do so you are virtually asking for someone to trip and fall. Tree ring lighting adds a large halo of light that helps people safely navigate even after the sun goes down.
3. The Beauty Of Light
Your property can be a blanket of darkness after nightfall or a beautiful eye-catching location, that all depends on the lighting you install. Tree ring lighting adds a beautiful touch that can be customized to fit your landscaping, highlighting the actual trees as well as other focal points. Our fixtures come with an assortment of lights on all sides. These attached lighting fixtures can be adjusted up, down, or straight ahead, depending on where you want to aim the lights.
Fixtures are typically installed higher up in the tree so that lights don’t shine directly into anyone’s eyes, but instead create a cascading flood of light that comes down from above—as if the tree is magically providing light all on its own.
Since the light can be adjusted to shine in any direction you can use this to your advantage in order to highlight what is most important or eye-catching about your landscaping. You can shine the lights up higher into the tree to create a dramatic look that accentuates the canopy of the tree. You could also shine the lights down to highlight a blooming bed of flowers at the base of the tree, or a nearby walking path. Plus, you can change the direction of lighting as needed whenever you want.
4. Options For All Tree Sizes and Lighting Needs
Our tree ring lights come in three different sizes: 18-inches, 24-inches, and 32-inches in diameter.
5. Easy To Install And Built To Stay Secure
Our tree ring lighting fixtures are shaped into a circle that attaches around the trunk of a tree. Our tree ring lighting looks high-tech, but is actually extremely easy to install. Each ring opens up so that it can be placed around the trunk of a tree and then clamped closed. There are four adjustable rods that make the clamshell design work like a charm. In order to keep the tree lighting in place there is a system of stainless steel bolts, locking mechanisms and wing nuts at work.
6. Long Lasting LED Lighting
LED lighting is a valuable component added to all our tree ring lights. For one, LED bulbs last a lot longer than traditional bulbs. As a result you don’t have to change the bulbs all of the time, which decreases the hassle of climbing up trees to conduct maintenance. This also saves money because frequently replacing bulbs adds up. Also, LED lighting uses far less energy and this will reflect on your electricity bill.
7. Tree Ring Lighting Available In A Variety Of Colors
You can order our tree ring lighting in any color you desire. We offer 6 standard stone blends, but don’t let that stump your creativity because we are happy to custom blend any color for you. Green and brown are popular color choices because they blend in well with the surrounding trees. We can even make a specific shade of brown so that the fixture perfectly camouflages with the tree trunk.
8. Low Maintenance Lighting
Our tree ring lighting is made to last years up in the trees without you having to give it a second thought. Plus, all of our tree rings are guaranteed with a 3-year warranty.
9. Durable Enough To Stand Up To The Unique Conditions Found In A Tree
TerraCast makes the only resin tree ring lights on the market, and trust us you don’t want anything but resin up in your trees. Our specially developed LLDPE resin is resistant to rust, which is a huge factor. Think about it like this, light fixtures in trees are going to get wet no matter what, after all trees need water to survive and they are outdoors so rain is an unavoidable element. Lighting fixtures in trees must be durable enough to resist rust, corrosion, cracks and other water and weather related issues.
If tree lighting begins to break down you might not even know it until chunks of lighting fixture fall to the ground. Our durable products assure you don’t stumble upon any surprises because they are truly made to live in the trees without worry.
10. Go Green With TerraCast
If you want to do good by the environment or are trying to get your building project LEED certified you can feel good about purchasing our eco-friendly products. Our products are recyclable as well as made with up to 90% recycled materials. Even our manufacturing process is green, as we use natural gas ovens and cool chambers supplied with reclaimed water.
Experience the TerraCast difference and light up your yard with the highest quality tree ring lighting fixtures on the market.
Company: TerraCast Products LLC
The architects at Gensler approached us with their design challenge: How to incorporate light weight, grille-style wall cladding, built to accommodate light diffusers, in an aesthetically pleasing way that would be appropriate in a high-end corporate environment. The grilles would need to run floor to ceiling, be easily mounted and have soft edges. In addition, budget constraints required all of the above to be incorporated into a cost effective solution.
This project was large and complex, and due to the time constraints faced by project management, Advanced Arch Grilles did not meet with the contractor for this phase of the project until design drawings were already approved. A solid partnership was quickly forged; within two weeks, the contractor had on-site two complete sets of AAG110 aluminum, press locked and welded, linear bar grille core with mounting tabs and reinforcing stiffener bars with a satin, clear anodized finish. Our quick response time enabled the contractor to devise a mounting method and plan for installation many weeks in advance of actual delivery of the grilles.
The prototype cycle also proved valuable to our production team. During fabrication of the prototypes, our team developed solutions to ensure the vertical grille panels would install completely flat, and when positioned top-to-bottom and side-to-side, would be perfectly aligned.
Our engineering team, working alongside our production personnel, designed a method of “back side” support to overcome any material twist or deflection and also created a series of alignment and test jigs that assured the grilles were uniform and unvarying once installed.
The project progressed as expected and we proudly delivered every grille ahead of schedule. We consider ourself privileged to work seamlessly with such a highly regarded company and such a talented group of people, and to contribute to the successful completion of this project.
The Reeder Illuminated Sign is angular in shape, slim in profile. It is made up of a cast and extruded aluminum base with integrated LED up lighting, topped by a glass signage panel. The glass panel, which sets neatly into a groove in the base, is wear and impact-resistant tempered low-iron glass. Panels can be custom etched with logos and messaging provided by the user. LED lighting is hardwired. The cast and extruded aluminum base is Pangard II® powdercoat finished with all standard color palette options.
Company: Landscape Forms Inc.
It's getting darker earlier! Light up your deck with our LED Lighting Kits for DesignRail®
Whether it's entertaining, playing, or just relaxing, our specially designed LED lighting kits and components work with our DesignRail® aluminum railing systems to help you create the perfect ambiance for everything you do.
Beautiful Long Lasting Illumination
- Energy efficient LEDs are rated for up to 50,000 hours
- High quality weatherproof materials for reliable performance
- Integrates into the top or bottom rail for a finished look
- The exclusive Feeney lens diffuses light evenly across the railing for a more balanced look
- Optional remote controlled dimmers give you the level of light you want
- High CRI (80) LEDs for better color rendering
- Plug and play connectors let you quickly link lights and components
- Can be used with new DesignRail® railing projects or added to an existing DesignRail® installation
- Designed to attach easily to the rail without special tools
Company: Feeney, Inc
When Draper Dealer Wayne Wagner was approached to work on a PointCloud Media project for the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawaii, he knew immediately that it was no ordinary job. “PointCloud Media was doing something that nobody had done before,” recalls Wagner, the founder and owner of Wagner Media. “They were projection mapping a swimming pool in 4D. That is, the effect had to be visible vertically as well as horizontally.”
No Ordinary Job
When Draper Dealer Wayne Wagner was approached to work on a PointCloud Media project for the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawaii, he knew immediately that it was no ordinary job.
“PointCloud Media was doing something that nobody had done before,” recalls Wagner, the founder and owner of Wagner Media. “They were projection mapping a swimming pool in 4D. That is, the effect had to be visible vertically as well as horizontally.”
“Pools have some distinct advantages as platforms for 3D mapping projections,” according to Jack Hattingh from PointCloud Media. “The water reflections from pools and the ambiance around pools add a new element of reality to mapping projections. 3D projections on water are also typically cheaper, since they require fewer projectors than 3D building projections. Pools are also more conducive to projection mapping because of their low ambient lighting, color, and ubiquity.”
Hattingh approached Wagner to work on projectors and support structure needs. To get the desired effect, five Barco HDQ 2k40 and two Barco HDX-W20 projectors were to be used. But, where to deploy them, and how? The pool is part of a large outside area, with no overhanging structures on which to mount and hide projectors. He had to figure out where to put the projectors, and likely have custom mounting structures designed and built—all within 45 days.
To get a better idea of the challenge before them, PointCloud Media built a three-dimensional “point cloud” of the entire area—including the surrounding buildings. “It was determined the only way we could do it was to aim the projectors down from the side of the hotel tower—300 feet in the air,” according to Wagner. “The only question was how to get the projectors into place, and keep them there, safe and secure.”
It was decided to place the projectors inside metal housings to be located on the roof of the hotel, knock holes in the parapet wall surrounding the roof, and project down using projector support structures and mirrors.
Wagner immediately sent the 3D drawing to Draper.
“I wanted to work with Draper because there are clear lines of communication,” according to Wagner. “I could tell them exactly what I wanted to accomplish, and I knew that Draper would understand and provide me with a viable solution.”
The solution Draper came up with not only needed to handle the weight of the projectors, it also needed to be something that could hold up in 30 mile-per-hour prevailing winds, could be transported up through the building and onto the roof, and keep as low a profile as possible so the holes in the parapet walls could be kept as small as possible.
“We used the Draper RPX stand as a basis to start with,” according to Jim Hoodlebrink, IDS Manager for Draper, Inc. “But we had to do a lot of fancy footwork in customizing that design for this project. The mirrors had to be much smaller than normal because the openings in the parapet wall could only be so big.”
Draper designed a structure with long steel support arms holding a small glass mirror, and with adjustment platforms that allowed the projectors to be tilted to 22 degrees. The custom structures were shipped in pieces to be assembled on the roof. To address the windy conditions, Draper reinforced the mirror support arms with 14 gauge steel.
“The timeline to address everything was very difficult,” Hoodlebrink recalls, “so many things were changed or addressed at time of installation. There was considerable thought put into how to move the product in and setting the proper angle for the projected light beforehand.”
To meet a tight deadline imposed by the needs of the Sheraton Waikiki, Wagner and three crew members had seven days to get the structures assembled and installed, while Hattingh and PointCloud got the projection mapping squared away. And then to make matters even worse, something very unusual happened.
“We were in the middle of installation when we had word that there was a Hurricane coming,” according Wagner, which is a rare occurrence for that area.
But wait, as the saying goes: there’s more.
“Actually there were two hurricanes on the way,” Wagner adds. “So we had to tear down the partially-built structures and get everything off the roof to a safe place until the storms blew over.”
As soon as the weather cleared Hattingh and his crew were up on the roof working.
"It was an amazingly difficult project made to look very simple"
“One thing that helped the process was being able to pre-mount the projectors onto the adjustment shelves,” Wagner says. “We also added wheels to the structures so they could be wheeled nearly into place, then rotated over and mounted.”
On a scale of one to 10, Wagner says the job had numerous tasks in the “10” category.
“It was an amazingly difficult project made to look very simple,” he says. “But in the end it worked out great. We were able to meet the Sheraton’s deadline, keep the installation relatively low profile, and PointCloud’s projection map right down to the bottom of the pool was awesome.”
To see just how the PointCloud Raylight 4D (patent pending) pool projection worked out here’s a link to a cool YouTube Video
Download Case Study (PDF)
Company: Draper, Inc.
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