For years, local councils have been maintaining street lamps and replacing bulbs
by use of men and ladders. As the litigious society has developed, European legislation
has gradually restricted the use of ladders to the point where many local councils
have now banned their use. The only remaining option is the expensive solution: a
scissor lift with an operator and a machine controller.
The York Hinge met this challenge with a simple and neat solution: It can be retro-fitted
to existing lamp-posts in less than 30 minutes. It then permits one operator, with
only one key, to hinge the lamp-post to a horizontal position, allowing the operator
to clean the lamp and replace bulb in minutes. The payback period on this invention
is expected to be less than one year – hence the high levels of interest shown in
the product to-date.
There are, of course, competitors for this product. The main competition has a product
which is fitted only to new lamp-posts – and it requires a cumbersome tool to be
put in place for operation. There are also other less robust versions available.
The York Hinge has been tested to breaking point to simulate wind loading – it is
always the lamp-post itself which fails first.