Frequently Asked Questions

Some of the most commonly asked questions about us and our products.

Are the Lumo components as bright as a light?

No, the Lumo components are not designed to enable distant viewing or illumination of areas (even though they may for a short period of time when fully charged and then instantly exposed to complete darkness).

The Lumo components, after being fully charged will remain visible for a period of 8-15 hours only providing a soft glow for visual guidance for pedestrian traffic speed in the “dark”. The Lumo components are not designed for high speed visual guidance for motor vehicles on the roads or airplanes on airport runways.

The Lumo components are not as bright as a light and they only perform in the dark.

Are the Lumo components available in different colours?

Yes, there are 2 colours available:

Lumo Green

The Lumo Green colour is suggested for use in environments where the objective of the Lumo component is to be predominately used for safety guidance purposes for pedestrian traffic and visual awareness of surrounding obstructions.

Note:- Careful selection of Lumo colour must be made for the marine industry to avoid confusion with the green & red cardinal navigation markers.

Tranquility Blue

The Lumo Tranquility Blue colour is suggested for use in environments where the objective of the Lumo component is to create a more tranquil and aesthetically appealing guidance experience in public or personal spaces for pedestrian traffic while still providing a sense of security & safety for a pedestrian’s journey.

Note:- When the Tranquility Blue colour is used for safety guidance, the tranquility blue colour is ideal for the marine industry to avoid confusion with the green & red cardinal navigation markers.

Are the Lumo components rigid or flexible?

The Lumo components are not rigid, they are very flexible, however Lumo Solutions also have available a 1.5mm Stainless Steel (SS) Backing Plate being the same foot print as the Lumo 190mm strip and 65mm diameter button with aligning holes that can be glued to the back of a Lumo 190mm strip or 65mm diameter button to create a more rigid installation if necessary.

Can the Lumo components be cut in half?

Yes the Lumo components can be cut in half with a hacksaw or a sharp knife.

WARNING: If a Lumo component is cut, the cut edge will expose the glow in the dark ingredients to the atmospheric elements and this will degrade and shorten the life of the performance of the Lumo component. If or when a Lumo component is cut, remedial action can be taken to slow down the atmospheric elements damage by coating the cut edge with the Unobond adhesive available from Lumo Solutions.

Can the Lumo components be seen underwater?

When the Lumo components are installed underwater, the Lumo components do charge up underwater providing the light source is sufficient.  The Lumo components can be seen glowing when viewed from underwater and also when viewed through the water surface from above.

A tidally submerged ferry wharf in Sydney Australia demonstrated that the under water glow of the Lumo components did attract crabs and fish. The components used in this application do need periodic cleaning to remove marine growth to allow the Lumo components to absorb light to recharge and allow clear viewing of the Lumo component glowing. Also the components were clearly visible from a distance in excess of 20 metres when the water was reasonably clear and calm.

NOTE 1: The Lumo components do not provide a full glow or any glow effect in areas that are directly over-exposed to residual light from artificial light sources, (such as street lights, light coming through windows from buildings) the Lumo components will only feed on the residual light and further trickle charge them and then only glow effectively when in darkness.

NOTE 2: Prior to ordering or purchasing any of the Lumo components, be sure to check the proposed area where you intend to use them for residual light to avoid disappointment of the Lumo components not performing to their full potential and not meeting your desired/expected performance objectives.

Can the Lumo components work like a reflector?

No, the Lumo components are not designed to reflect light.

If light is directed on to the Lumo component, the Lumo component will not glow it will only return to its day time colour being a yellowish green.

Could the Lumo components be a trip or slip hazard?

The lumo components recommended for installation on pathways, walkways and stairs have been ergonomically designed with a shallow gradient curved top with a tapered edge to minimize the cause for potential tripping to occur. If the Lumo components are installed incorrectly, potentially they could become a trip hazard. To be diligent when installing the recommended Lumo components, always install the Lumo components on the outer edge or sides of walkways, pathways or stairs to maintain an obstruction free thoroughfare for pedestrian traffic.

 

The Lumo components were forwarded to a slip testing authority that advised “that due to the size of the component, a person with their foot on the component would always have part of their foot on the sub surface, hence rendering the Lumo component could not be tested as an individual surface. The pendulum apparatus used for slip testing could not be used on a single component alone and even if the components were placed side by side, due to the curved top profile of the component, the surface would be a lumpy, bumpy profile that also could not be tested. To conclude with respect to my observations of the components, the components do not reflect any concern to be classified as a slip hazard”.

Once again Lumo solutions advise to be diligent when installing the recommended Lumo components, always install the Lumo components close to the outer edge or sides of walkways, pathways or stairs to maintain an obstruction free thoroughfare for pedestrian traffic.

 

(Independent certified test results will be posted in the near future in the “Downloads” section of our website for more information.)

Do the components come in different shapes and sizes?

Yes, there are 2 different Lumo component shapes available:

  1. The 190 Trackntrim: 190mm long x 44mm wide x 6mm thick with 3 x 12g fixing holes.
  2. The Safety Button: 65mm diameter x 6mm thick with 1 x 12g fixing hole.

How are the Lumo components charged?

The Lumo components are charged by absorbing light from various light sources:-

  1.  Sun
  2.  Moon (trickle charge)
  3.  Stars (trickle charge)
  4.  Fluorescent light
  5.  Incandescent light
  6.  LED light
  7.  Residual light (i.e. daylight in shaded areas or daylight through a window).

The stronger the light source available to charge the Lumo component, the quicker the Lumo component will fully charge. This generally takes 10 to 20 minutes when exposed to a strong light source. The stronger the light source the Lumo component is exposed to, will ultimately determine the after-glow duration as well as the after-glow intensity.

The Lumo components can be recharged over and over again for the life of the undamaged Lumo component itself.

NOTE 1:-

The Lumo components do not provide a full glow or any glow effect in areas that are directly over-exposed to residual light from artificial light sources, (such as street lights, light from windows from buildings) the Lumo components will only feed on the residual light and further trickle charge them and then only glow effectively when in darkness.

NOTE 2:-

Prior to ordering or purchasing any of the Lumo components, be sure to check the proposed area where you intend to use them for residual light to avoid disappointment of the Lumo components not performing to their full potential and not meeting your desired or expected performance objectives.

How far apart should the components be installed on a path or jetty?

A spacing of 2 metres apart on both sides of a path or jetty is generally sufficient for guidance purposes.

How long will a Lumo component glow?

If the Lumo component has been exposed to a reasonable source of light for 10 to 20 minutes to fully charge it can glow in excess of 14 hours. A reasonable source of light to charge the Lumo component would be the sun, a fluorescent or incandescent light, even a cloudy day or shaded area by trees can still be classified as a reasonable light source for charging.

The brighter the light intensity that the Lumo component is exposed to will ultimately determine charge up time, the after-glow duration as well as the after-glow intensity.

If the Lumo component has been charged fully during the day and is then further exposed to light from the moon and stars during the night, the Lumo component will trickle charge and the after-glow duration as well as the after-glow intensity will generally extend to 15hrs.

NOTE 1:

The Lumo components do not provide a full glow or any glow effect in areas that are directly over-exposed to residual light from artificial light sources, (such as street lights, light from windows from buildings) the Lumo components will only feed on the residual light and further trickle charge them and then only glow effectively when in darkness.

NOTE 2:

Prior to ordering or purchasing any of the Lumo components, be sure to check the proposed area where you intend to use them for residual light to avoid disappointment of the Lumo components not performing to their full potential and not meeting your desired or expected performance objectives.

How much are the Lumo components to buy?

Please refer to our list of distributors and retailers in our “Sales” section of the website.

In the dark, will the Lumo components still glow with some light shining on them?

The Lumo components do not provide a full glow or any glow effect in areas that are directly over-exposed to residual light from artificial light sources, (such as street lights, light coming through windows from buildings) the Lumo components will only feed on the residual light and further trickle charge them and then only glow effectively when in darkness.

Prior to ordering or purchasing any of the Lumo components, be sure to check the proposed area where you intend to use them for residual light to avoid disappointment of the Lumo components not performing to their full potential and not meeting your desired/expected performance objectives.

What Advantages can be gained by using the Lumo components?

There are many advantages to be gained from using the Lumo Solutions components:

First up is Budget

The installation of Lumo components proves to be very cost effective when compared to other forms of Guidance. An example is of a council in South East Queensland. The Council had received an estimate for installing light poles along a 1.4 kilometre path at a cost of $80,000. The supply only estimate for our Lumo Safety buttons at 3 metre intervals, either side of the path was $8,000. The only additional cost was for the installation, being approximately $3,000. Therefore, a cost difference of $69,000 equating to an 86% saving. Add to this the zero maintenance & running cost of the Lumo installation and the total savings become quite significant. The general running cost for a normal electric light pole is approximately $80.00 per year.

Secondly, Health

Many active living organizations including, liveable community planners, government departments and health professionals globally are encouraging people to get out and walk for their physical and mental well-being. Installing Lumo components can help create incentive to the community to use council walking facilities at night especially for those people with day time work commitments.

  • The Premiers Council for Active Living: One of their objectives is to encourage that walking destinations are safe, vibrant, attractive and promote healthy social interactive living day and night.
  • The Heart Foundation has a simple objective: Walk to reduce disease risk such as Heart disease, obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis and cancer, so as to, in turn, reduce the financial burden on the health system.
  • Alzheimer’s Australia demonstrated how Aged Care Facilities are implementing programs to improve mental and physical well-being through the power of walking for exercise. One particular patient who needed 24/7 care, participated in a walk program that assisted him to regain his independence once again, without major care assistance.

If we move on to the environment

Implementing Photo-luminescent technology to a foot path or boardwalk, would reduce emissions in excess of 150kg of CO2 per annum per light pole lamp. The installation of the Lumo components can provide minimal commercialised impact on fragile environments preserving habitats for natural Fauna & Flora. The environmental impact for production of the Lumo components is minimal, using less raw materials, minerals & resources in comparison to conventional lighting systems infrastructure components and equipment. The volume of waste created by lumo products to land fill is minimal as our products can be simply recycled with industrial shredders. Once installed, Lumo components have a zero carbon footprint. Lumo’s manufacturing process also boasts that it only requires approximately 1 minute of electrical energy for every half an hour of production. We understand and respect that conventional lighting systems are absolutely necessary for many applications for community facilities, however careful community pedestrian or walking facility planning can gain environmental advantages with consideration to implementation of the Lumo innovation in many circumstances. At the time of a Lumo installation for a Queensland Council, a large group of 21 QLD councils held earlier discussions with consideration to shut down the street light power grid to certain street locations after 10.30pm. The objective being to reduce carbon emissions and also save approximately 4 million dollars on power usage. With a portion of the power reduction savings, the Lumo company suggested to complete this initiative responsibly, progressive installation of the lumo components to the unlit footpaths would be recommended so as to then maintain a sense of security & visual guidance for the late night pedestrians. The FACT is; Amsterdam & other European countries have and are continuing to implement this initiative using photoluminescent for back-up guidance. We believe they are using a paint system that does require regular maintenance. Lumo does not require regular maintenance.

Now for Aesthetics…

The community cannot be in complete darkness without conventional lighting systems. Important facilities such as toilet blocks, car parks, table/bench seating facilities etc, will generally need adequate light for safety, security & guidance reasons. With a combination of Lumo products positioned on a path in conjunction with some discreetly positioned conventional lighting only to highlight surrounding features such as trees, statues, gardens and land marks, this can minimize light pole infrastructure and create a more ambient and aesthetically pleasing atmosphere for pedestrian pleasure at night and capture scenic views more effectively. Like driving a car at night, we don’t drive with the interior light on. We have a clearer view of the surroundings with the interior light off. Several walking families have commented that the installation of the Lumo has been a great incentive to get the kids out of the house for a walk as the “Fairy Light type soft glow” is a bit of a novelty for them creating a sense of a magical adventure. The day time view of the installed lumo components presents a less commercialized invasive impact on the walking facility with the absence of light poles and solar panels. Minimisation can preserve a more tranquil or natural setting day or night.

Next is Durability

A wide range of tests have been carried out on our products using both in-house testing and at Accredited NATA testing laboratories. Our products are specially designed to be flexible, robust and resilient to ensure longevity in various climate and traffic conditions. They have been tested for resistance to:

  • Acids and alkaline 
  • Mineral solvents
  • Fossil fuels
  • Temperatures below zero
  • Extreme radiant heat
  • UVB rays
  • Elastomer testing
  • And underwater marine

A “10 year” life span would be expected for an undamaged component installed for normal outdoor use. Our products have been ergonomically designed so as to not be a potential slip or trip hazard. Depending on the environment that the Lumo components are installed, the life expectancy could be up to 50 years or even more.

The final Advantage is Safety

  • To help minimise risk
  •  And to provide a duty of care.

The Council owned boardwalk we are looking at provides pedestrian access to the beach from a housing estate in Queensland. A family were walking back from the beach in the dark. Unable to see the edge, the woman fell off the boardwalk (only about a ½ metre drop) but this was enough to cause her to break a rib. She also took her husband and Grandchildren down with her. The Council has now installed the Lumo components onto the boardwalk with plans to do the same on others in their region. In this picture, you can see that the trees are quite thick in this area, rendering solar panels useless, and powered lights expensive and difficult to install. Conventional lighting was also an inappropriate option due to the adverse effect on the nocturnal fauna inhabitants. Even with the dense canopy of trees, the lumo products are still able to gain enough energy from the filtered light to charge them and then glow through the night. The installation of the lumo components at this location concluded that:-

The local Council:

  • Reduced the potential risk of further injury to pedestrians.
  • And a Duty of Care action has been implemented.

Public Pedestrians comments revealed that:

  • The clearly defined edges of the boardwalk have now created a real sense of security and safe passage at night.
  • Local Residents declared that the Lumo installation appears to have attracted more people to use the boardwalk facility at night.

Some additional FACTS of interest:

  • Pedestrians make up approximately 20% of people killed on the road each year.
  • More than half of pedestrian fatalities occur in darkness or dusk.
  • Of all accidents in which a pedestrian is killed, nearly a third occurred between 5pm and 9pm.
  • The months of April, May, June and July, when the length of daylight hours is relatively short, have a higher number of fatal pedestrian crashes than other times of the year.
  • Fatal pedestrian crashes are more likely to occur on weekdays. Let’s get pedestrians off the roads and provide them with safer footpath facilities.

What are the Lumo components made of?

A specially formulated polymer encapsulating a photo luminescent glow in the dark ingredient.

What do the Lumo Solutions components do?

The Lumo components are a glow in the dark guidance product.

What is Lumo?

The Lumo components are a glow in the dark guidance product

What is the best way for me to trial your Lumo components?

A suggested performance test is to expose the Lumo component to a reasonable light source for at least 10 to 20 minutes to fully charge up the component (a reasonable light source being on your window sill inside your bedroom in daylight hours.), then (assuming you sleep with all bedroom lights off), just prior to getting into bed, place the Lumo component on the floor beside the bed or on your bedside table and check out the glow performance between 3 and 5am in the morning to view the glow performance.

 To further test the Lumo component performance, leave the component on the floor or bedside table when you get out of bed, then only allowing the daylight coming through your bedroom window during the day to re-charge the component (not exposed to full sun), then once again check out the glow performance between 3 and 5am in the morning to view the glow performance. The glow performance should be similar to the previous test.

Is there a warranty on the Lumo Photoluminescent products?

All Lumo Solutions products excluding adhesives and primers come with a three (3) year parts only warranty.  This warranty applies to undamaged products. Terms and conditions apply.

 

What sort of applications can the Lumo components be used for?

The Lumo components have a multitude of applications for use to provide guidance for pedestrians and assist to identify obstacles and equipment as follows:

190 Trackntrim

  • Top of stair treads when located either side of the stair tread.
  • Create clearly defined pathways and tracks.
  • Define the edges and sides of wharfs and jetties.
  • Wrap with ease around posts, poles and bollards.
  • Help identify obtrusive components on plant, equipment and trailers.

Safety Tag

  • Ideal for cable tying to temporary obstructions, barriers star pickets and   overhead power lines.
  • Fixed to wall using screw and washer above fire extinguishers, first aid cabinets, switch boards etc.

Safety Button

  • Create clearly defined pathways and tracks.
  • Help identify obtrusive components on plant, equipment and trailers.
  • Can be installed above or adjacent to the location of light switches, door handles, emergency isolation switches and valves.

2390 Trackntrim

  •  Great for gunnel trims on boats.
  • Stair nosing’s on riser face and adjacent handrails.
  • Platform edges and ladder strings.

Where are the Lumo Solutions components manufactured?

Lumo Solutions components are manufactured at our facility in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia.

Where can I buy Lumo Solutions components?

Complete the contact us section on the website and one of our sales team will advise you where best to buy.

Will a vehicle running over the Lumo component affect it’s performance?

Shock impact tests and compression tests have been carried out with the Lumo 190 strip adhesive fixed and mechanically fastened to concrete then using:

  • 14lb sledge hammer
  • 24oz claw hammer
  • Rubber tyre motor vehicle driving over a Lumo 190 strip component slowly
  • Rubber tyre motor vehicle driving over a Lumo 190 strip component at 60km/hr
  • Rubber tyre motor vehicle screwing tyre over Lumo 190 strip component 12 times.

Results concluded bruise marks were visually apparent on the component skin surface from the hammer tests however there was no indentation or tearing of the component body or shape however the glow properties did show a brighter glow on the edge of the bruise. The component continued to charge, glow and recharge as normal the next day.

The rubber tyre motor vehicle tests concluded that there was no damage to the main body shape of the Lumo component and the performance of the glow effect was as per normal however the screwing of one tyre directly on top of the Lumo component did show black scuff marks on the text on the top of the Lumo component and part of the component body with some tearing off of the text.

(independent certified test results will be posted in the “Downloads” section of our website for more information.)