Sequential Barricade Warning Lamps
The pi-Lit® Sequential Barricade Warning Lamps are sold and packaged in sets of 10 warning lamps. To reduce shipping weight and ultimately shipping cost the sequential barricades lamps are shipped without batteries and the 1/2-inch mounting bolt.
For every purchase of 50 Pi-Lit® Sequential Barricade Lamps we include a free remote control unit. The remote control unit can control your entire inventory of Pi-Lit® Sequential Lamps. The remote control unit is shipped with batteries.
The Sequential Barricades are sold without batteries to reduce the shipping weight/cost. We can ship the sequential barricades with batteries for an additional cost upon request.
We generally do not ship 1/2-inch diameter mounting bolts with each box of 10 sequential barricade lamps. Feedback from customers has been that they typically have half-inch bolts laying around there facility readily available. Upon request we can ship mounting bolts with each box of 10 sequential barricade warning lamps.
We have distributors world-wide. Where we do not have a distributor close by, we can work with you directly. Call us 24×7 to discuss color options, battery choice, and general information.
SETUP AND USE
Turning on and positioning the sequential barricade lamps
Whether your mounting your string of sequential barricade warning lamps to a drum, vertical panel, wood post around a curve, concrete rail (“Jersey” rail), etc. the set up will be similar.
First, remember that the radio range between lamps placed atop a drum or vertical panel is greater than 330 meters (1000 feet). So, when using several groups of lamps in close proximity may inadvertently control another string of lamps in proximity (other side of the road, etc.)
Second, our recommendations are arbitrary, although based on thousands of hours and hundreds of deployments. We believe the lamps should be placed 7 to 10 meters (20-30 feet) apart, depending upon the speed limit. The MUTCD calls for delineators to be separated by 1-foot per mile-per-hour which equates to 15-25 meters (50-75 feet). Deployment of 10 lamps in this manner will lead to a sequential string of lamps 150-250 meters (500-750 feet) long. Most 330 meter (1000 feet) tapers call for 20 lamps, or approximately 15 meters (50 feet) between lamps. While the MUTCD calls for a maximum number of feet between lamps, there is no minimum. The effectiveness, and hence safety benefit of sequential technology is enhanced with increasing length and number of lamps in a string.
Third, simply tap the power button of the first lamp mounted on the drum, barricade, or vertical panel. Then, after it begins to flash and while still walking tap the power button of the 2nd lamp. The drums are likely spaced 15 meters (50 feet) apart. Simply walk the taper and turn each lamp on
Finally, remember that nothing attenuates a radio signal more than a body of water. That’s why submarines must surface to communicate via radio. Your body is approximately 80% water content, so if you stand between the lamps as you are turning them on at the limit of its range, you may not find them synchronized correctly. This is rarely, if ever, an issue during typical deployments, but we provide this information to help you understand this remarkable technology.
The sequential barricade lamps can me mounted onto various channelizing devices. Such devices consist of: barricade, drum, vertical panel, 28″ cone with loop, “Jersey” Rail or K-Rail, wood posts, etc.
The barricade comes standard with a nyloc hex nut that securely fastens the barricade to whatever you are mounting it on. The hex nut is a standard _____ and receives a _____ bolt. Length of the bolt is important_____.
The tradition design of a Type AC warning lamp has been around for 100 years. With the emerging technology of LEDs, the overall shape of the lamps have not seen any drastic improvements. Pi-Lit felt it was time to design a new warning lamp. The Pi-Lit barricade lamp design allows for the lamp to be permently mounted down on to a K-Rail, Jersey Rail, or wood post using a lag bolt.
Turn on the lamp by simply taping the power button. A red indicator LED will come on and within 2-3 seconds the lamps will begin flashing. The first lamp always takes a second or two longer, subsequent lamps will come on within a 1 second.
Operating the barricade warning lamps
All Pi-Lit® Sequential Warning Lamps have 5 flash patterns to choose from. Certain patterns might be more effective for a particular application. For instance, a rural dark road where speed is a factor, the fast flash pattern might be better suited to get the motorist attention further upstream.
The flash patterns may be changed for the entire group of lamps by taping the pattern button on any single lamp. The lamp will send the message to other members in the group.
Here is a brief descriptions of the patterns:
- Pattern 1 = Single lamp marching
- Pattern 2 = Two lamps marching
- Pattern 3 = “Wave” pattern (lamps tail off from one another creating a smooth pattern)
- Pattern 4 = Fast single lamp marching
- Pattern 5 = Simultaneous lamp flash (lamps flash in unison)
The Pi-Lit technology includes photosensors that can distinguish night time from daytime. If regulations do not require 24 hour operation, the battery life can be significantly lengthened by operating during night time hours only.
To activate the photosensor, tap the 12/24hr button. The green indicator LED will flash once to indicate 12hr operation (nighttime only), or twice to indicate 24hr operation.
Pi-Lit® smart mesh network makes it easy to replace a damaged or low battery lamp. The lamps are smart enough to know where they are positioned in the network and know whether there is a lamp (hole) missing in that string.
To insert a lamp into the string, first make sure that the lamps are flashing (not in daylight sleep mode). While the lamps are flashing, position yourself to close to where the hole in the string is (where you are replacing the lamp). Tap the “Insert” button on the lamp you are inserting into the string. The green indicator LED will turn on a stay lit while it is searching for the hole. Once it has found the position it is replacing the green LED will turn off and the main LED will begin to flash. The lamp should now be in sequence with the string.
To check if the lamp is in the correct sequence number, while the lamp is flashing, tap the “Insert” button. The green indicator LED will flash indicating the sequence number it is currently in. For instance, if the lamp is the 12th lamp in a string of 20 lamps, tapping the insert button while its flashing, the green indicator LED will flash 12 times. NOTE: The green indicator LED will flash in groups of 5 green flashes for ease of counting. For a lamp that is positioned as number 12, the green indicator LED will flash 5 green flashes, pause, 5 green flashes, pause, 2 green flashes. This indicates lamp number 12.
IMPORTANT: For situations where there is multiple lamps needing to be replaced, not an issue. To replace a string of lamps with multiple holes, start with replacing the lower sequence number first. For example, if you have a string of 20 lamps and you need to replace lamp numbers 2,5,8,18, begin by inserting your replacement lamp at position number 2, then moving onto position 5, position 8, and finally ending with position 18.
Buttons to adults are like shining things to kids; they have to touch them. To prevent disruption of operation caused by curious fingers, the operator can lock the button “membrane”. Once locked they buttons will not work. The LED indicator will flash to indicate that the button was pressed, but no action will take place.
To lock the buttons, tap briefly both the Power and Insert buttons simultaneously. A red LED will flash to indicate that the buttons are locked. Tap the same buttons once again and a green LED will flash to indicate that the buttons are unlocked.
PiLit® technology provides the option to flash on one side of the lens, the other side, or both sides. If all the lamps are mounted consistently with the back lens (side with the buttons) facing away from traffic then the front LED can be chosen. This will reduce by almost half the energy used. Alternatively, if the lamps are mounted with all the buttons facing traffic (back side) then only the back LED may be lit. Again, this saves energy. If your team was out late at night, maybe they didn’t pay attention and mounted them in a random fashion, some with front lens and others with back lens facing traffic. In this scenario, no worries, simply choose both sides to flash.
To choose front, back, or both, simply press and hold the Pattern button. The default is both sides flashing. Hold for 2 seconds and only the front will flash. Press again for 2 seconds and only the back will flash. Finally, hold for 2 more seconds and both sides will flash (default).
Some states require a constant light along with the flash. This is not called for in the MUTCD, but local requirements may call for it. No problem. Tap simultaneously both the Pattern and Power buttons. The lamp will turn on a steady burn of lower intensity. The sequential pattern will continue. Note that the battery life is considerably compromised when steady burn illumination is called for. To turn off the steady burn feature, simultaneously tap the two buttons again.
With the lamps deployed there may be need to reverse the direction of sequence. Simultaneously tap the 12/24 and Group buttons. The direction of sequence will reverse. If you turn the lamps off this mode will be stored in memory. The next time you turn the lamps on the 1st lamp turned on will be the last lamp to flash.
You can turn off a single lamp, or all of the lamps in a given group at once.
To turn of a single lamp, simply press and hold the square power button for 3 seconds. The flare will flash the red small indicator LED and turn off.
To turn off all the lamps in a group, choose any single lamp, press and hold the group button for 3 seconds, and all of the barricade lamps will flash a red indicator before turning off.
Changing Batteries, Battery Status for Barricade Lamps
The Barricade lamp is the only sequential lamp on the market that lets the user check the state of the battery. No more random changing of batteries. Ask the lamp before deployment!
To do so, when the lamp is either powered off or on simply hold (3-seconds) the “12/24”-hour button. The green and red indicator LED will flash its corresponding battery state.
- 5 Green Flashes = full battery
- 4 Green Flashes = 80-60%
- 3 Green Flashes = 60-30%
- 2 Red Flashes = 30-15% (Low -change or charge batteries)
- 1 Red Flash = 15-0% (Depleted -change or charge batteries)
We recommend changing then batteries at 2-red, depending upon the anticipated deployment. We anticipate when using the Barricade lamp in pattern 1 (least energy use); with one-side only flashing; and with nighttime only operation; that the lamp should flash for approximately 4-5 months.
The Pi-Lit Sequential Barricade Warning Lamp is powered by 4 D-Cell Alkaline batteries. To change the batteries on a lamp, push down on the lens to help release pressure off the latch. While pushing down on the lens pull back the black latch at the top and the lid will clear the locking mechanism on the latch. Insert new D-Cell batteries. IMPORTANT: pay attention to polarity. On the inside of the case, where the hex nut is located, the is a square platform that has 4 circles molded into the plastic. Those indicate the polarity.
Once the batteries are installed in the correct orientation, use the lens to close the lid. Push down on the lens to help the latch lock onto the lid. IMPORTANT: You may need to pull the latch back as you push down the lens and lid to help clear the locking mechanism.
The Pi-Lit® system uses 2.4-GHz radio signals to communicate, coordinate, and synchronize the sequential or simultaneous flashing. Depending upon the product and deployment, the range can be up to 330 meters (1000 feet). If you deploy a set of lamps on one side of the highway and another vehicle or work area is on the other side, they may be within radio range. Hence, if your colleague on the west side decides to take an early 02:00 am break and turns off her lamps, she may inadvertently turn yours off as well. Or she may prefer a different flash pattern. So, we provide different Groups (frequencies) that you may choose to either allow the lamps to work together in a super long string (unlimited), or to insulate your Group of lamps from others in the area. All lamps, regardless of color, in the same Group will synchronize.
Within our spectrum of 2.4-GHz we have 15 channels to use. We reserve 5 for our road construction products (SunFlower™ and Barricade-style, and 5 for the ICS™ flare. If you have a special need for more Groups (frequencies), give us a call and talk nice.
For the Sequential Barricade Warning Lamps the group channels are represented by the case color. This makes it easy for crews to replace lamps deployed on the road. Whenever a lamp needs to be replaced, all the personnel in the field needs to do is call a colleague in the warehouse and say we need to replace an orange sequential lamp on this project. The warehouse personnel grabs a new orange lamp off the shelf and sends it out to the project. Once it received by the personnel on the road, all he or she needs to do is insert the lamp into the string a that’s it!
Group Channel Colors:
– Group Channel 1 = Yellow Case
– Group Channel 2 = Orange Case
– Group Channel 3 = Blue Case
– Group Channel 4 = Gray Case
– Group Channel 5 = Reserved for custom colors
Okay, progress marches on. We have improved this feature, which is described in the next section. For legacy products (After September 1, 2018), here is what you do:
For products delivered before September 1, each lamp must have its Group number changed individually. This must be done while the lamps are off. They must turn on listening to the proper frequency, so this action must be done with the lamp in the off state. (Some people say that I repeat myself, that I say the same thing over and over again, that I am redundant).
With the Pi-Lit® Sequential Barricade Warning Lamp, with the lamp off, simply tap the “Group” button. The green indicator LED will flash the current group the lamp is in. For example, if the lamp is currently in group channel 3, the green indicator will flash 3 times. Once it has indicated which group the lamp is currently in, you are now in Group change mode. If you do nothing after the initial green LED flash the group change mode will timeout and a red indicator LED will flash 2 times. The red indicator LED flash indicates that the group state is saved and it is now exiting group change mode. The lamp will now go back to sleep. So any action must take place before the double red flash. Again, to enter Group change mode tap the “Group” button when the lamp is off. The green LED will flash indicating the current Group number. Now, tap (not hold) the “Group” button. Each tap of the “Group” button will increment the Group number. Tap the button twice and you have chosen Group 2. Tap the “Group” button five times and you have chosen group 5. Oops, made a mistake. Quickly tape the button again 4 “Group” button and you will see the green LED echo back 4 flashes to tell you that you have chosen Group 4. Oops, I meant Group 3, so tap the “Group” button 3 times and the green LED will echo back your choice of Group 3. When finished, simple wait 3 seconds and the lamp will flash red twice and go to sleep. It stores the Group change until you decide to change it again. You have 5 Groups to choose from. All the barricade lamps in the set, or at least all that you want to work together must be in the same Group number. If ever you find that the set of barricade lamps does not seem to sink correctly, first check that all the lamps are in the same Group number.
To be implemented into the Pi-Lit® Sequential Barricade Lamps shortly
NEW FEATURES AND UPDATES:
The patented Pi Variables, Inc. technology uses the I.S.M. (Industrial, Scientific, Medical) 2.4GHz band. The Pi-Lit® product line is FCC compliant. The radio “stack” or protocol is not Bluetooth, ZigBee, or Wi-Fi, but similar.
Indeed. All of our products utilize a “System on a Chip” (SoC) with microprocessor (computer) and radio transmitter and receiver all on a single silicon wafer. This component is FCC compliant and our circuit design has been tested by two independent laboratories confirming that spurious signals and radio-frequency output energy fall within strict FCC guidelines, and that the device is immune from external radio-frequency interference.
The maximum recommended deployment distance between lamps is 100 meters (330 feet). This distance allows for variation in radio frequency energy between lamps, multi-path transmission noise (signal bouncing off trucks, vehicles, etc.), weather (rain may attenuate the signal), line-of-sight obstruction, etc. The actual line-of-sight is closer to 300 meters (1000 feet), but remember, placement must take into account that one or two lamps may be struck by vehicles and the two closest lamps must pass the signal down the string. So, if a lamp is struck the two adjacent lamps must be less than 300 meters (1000 feet) apart.
When using 4 D-cell alkaline batteries, the optimum battery life is 4 to 5 months. This operating life will be seen when flashing on one face only and nighttime only. If the operator chooses to have both sides of the lamp flashing and for 24-hours of the day, then battery life will be 3-4 months.
The MUTCD is equivilant to the Bible for traffic control and traffic safety devices. All road projects, big or small, must follow the rules set forth in the MUTCD. Section 6F.83 permits the use of sequential flashing warning lamps on taper/delineator . Please view the below PDF to take you to section 6F.83 of the MUTCD.
To reset the sequential barricade warning lamp please follow these steps.
- Open up the top lid of the barricade lamp by pullling back on the latch and lifting up the lens.
- Once the batteries are disconnected from the top set of springs please tap any button on the lens to discharge the lamp (resets the lamp)
- After tapping the buttons to reset/discharge the lamp please close the lid on the lamp. The lamp should flash once and then the green indicator LED will begin flashing the state of the batteries.
- The lamp is now reset
Remember, if the lamp was anywhere in the string (not the last lamp) you do not need to reset the system to put it back in sequence. Simply tap the insert button. The green indicator LED will turn on while the lamp is listening for a hole in the sequence. Once it has found the missing hole, the green indicator LED will turn off and the lamp will begin flashing in sequence.