The new kind of devices used in the sector of road construction is known in the markets as “Solar Road Marker” or ‘Road Studs”. They are manufactured using solar energy. Thus, these are called “Solar Road Markers” or “Solar Road Studs”. These devices are used for differentiating and marking the distinguishing features on the roads. These help in perceiving the edges of the road. Apart from this, these markers help in the identification of the centre lines of the roads.
The main features of the solar road markers are the following:
- They use solar energy for their main functions and operations.
- They are found in the form of LEDs.
- They are available in the form of cells.
- There are no maintenance charges at all for these devices.
- These are known to be lighting devices.
- These devices help in the lighting of our roadways.
- They help in the driveway results on the roads with the help of the markings, different colours, and signs.
In the traditional industry of the road markers, there were a few disadvantages like non-visibility during cloudy or rainy days, due to faded colours on the roads, non-availability of the electricity in the immediate vicinity, etc. Thus, there were certain innovations made in the contemporary industries of solar road markers and solar pavement markers. These helped in the launching of new devices operating or functioning exclusively on solar energy. Subsequently, the paradigm shift may be observed from “passive road markers” to “active road studs”.
Passive to Active Road Studs:
Consequently, the roadways paved the path for the new designers to launch the “Solar Road Marker”. These are popularly known as “Active Road Studs”. The new design in the product comprises of
- The circuitry made up of LED drivers
- Rechargeable Cells
- Small panels to capture solar energy
- Use retro-reflective materials helpful in the visibility on the roads
Range of Solar Road & Pavement Markers:
Apart from this, there are changes made in the basic transformer also with the help of fabrications. These help in good visibility in all kinds of roadways and lighting facilities. Companies are manufacturing a range of solar road markers and solar pavement markers like plastic embedded ones. Aluminium plastic embedded units, plastic raised pavements, aluminium raised pavements, on-road solar road studs, etc.
There are differences in products in terms of the following conditions:
- The metals that are being used in the manufacture of the devices
- Number of LEDs present in the devices
- Number specifications after the installations like 5mm, 3.5 mm, etc.
- Kind of the roadways
The devices are known for their advancements in giving innovative security on the roads for human beings. The simple functioning of the device is based upon the capturing power of the solar energy in the day times. This energy is transformed into electric energy and is stored in the accumulators or the capacitance. This energy is utilized at night times in the form of light through the LED cells. Thus, it helps drivers and other pedestrians to take precautionary measures while driving or walking on the roads.
In the end, it may be concluded that the innovativeness in the designing of the solar road marker has helped human beings to be careful and drive in safe conditions. The principle is “Designed for your safety with free solar to light energy”.