Astucia Traffic Safety Systems from over in the U.K. have developed the next step beyond the reflective lane markers we’re all familiar with, solar powered lane markers. These work like other solar powered lights that seem to be popping up everywhere, a solar cell charges a battery during daylight hours and they turn on automatically at night.
They have 2 solar models, the SolarLite™ F Series marker light is flush mounted into the road, protruding just 3.5mm above the road surface, so motorcycles and even bicycles will not have any problems. A nickel metal hydride battery can fully charge in 3 hours on a sunny day and gives 240 working hours in return.
Because they are self lighting instead of requiring reflection from your headlight, the tremendously increased viewing distance increases available reaction time from 3.2 to over 30 seconds at 60 mph! Studies show reflective markers have a maximum viewing distance of 90 meters, the SolarLite can be seen, under the best conditions, from as far away as 900 meters! Projected life before replacement is 8 to 10 years.
We’ve all been on roads at night without lighting where some odd or unexpected turns seem to jump out at the last second, these lights would be extremely helpful. Clearly marking off ramps and any other less visible road divisions would help in low light or rainy conditions, too. The lens is available in amber, red, white, green and blue so side markers and center markers or other different lanes are clearly identified.
Don’t you think the dramatically increased viewing distance and reaction time these markers make possible would be really nice in a lot of situations? I like these a lot.