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Rigorous Testing

Published
13 • 03 • 2022
Last edited 01 • 04 • 2022

Designed, created and meticulously tested in our facilities in Australia, we make sure you can rely on our final product.

Stunning light. Reliable performance.

Our reputation as the industry leader of industrial luminaires means we’re no stranger to tough environments. We apply this philosophy and commitment to durability just as stringently to our architectural products.

Let’s follow the testing journey of an encapsulated architectural lighting product.

We use state-of-the-art technology to encapsulate our products that are specified for use outdoors and in demanding environments to make sure that our luminaires deliver not only enchanting light, but years of uninterrupted performance.

Let’s follow the testing journey of an encapsulated architectural lighting product.

In-house IP testing

We test each product in-house to establish an IP rating for our luminaires. All encapsulated luminaires perform to IP66, both fully protected from dust and wave-like water jets in all directions.

As well as protection from ingress, the surface of the luminaire remains undamaged with no pitting or frosting when subjected to these conditions.

Ingress Protection Test

20 cycles of water jet test performed for 3 minutes, in multiple directions, multiple times, according to AS 60529-2004.
The result: Luminaires in perfect working order with no visible damage to the surface.

High-Pressure Washing Test

This test checks the resistance of the material to power washing and demonstrates its strong resistance to pressure impact. 
Tested with 50 °C at 45cm and with a nozzle tip water pressure of 7 MPa.
The result: No visible damage, free from deformation, lifting, peeling, wrinkling and cracking.

Stability under harsh environmental conditions

Ingress protection is not the only benefit of our encapsulation – the process protects luminaires in severe weather conditions over long periods of time, and the material remains stable.

When subjected to these real and simulated environmental conditions, no yellowing occurs, and the material remains optically clear with no changes in hardness or loss of gloss from the surface.

Heat Resistance & Thermal Shock Test

Cycled from -20°C to 60°C for 1,000 cycles over 30 days. Cycled 40 hours at 80°C (maximum operating temperature).

 

Long Term Weathering Resistance Test

Cairns climate: High humidity with high temperature. Coober Pedy climate: Very dry & very high temperature. Real-world test conditions over two years of exposure.

UV & Salt Spray Resistance Test

Xenotest simulates sun and rain exposure with an accelerated 10-year exposure period. Tested for 2000 hours at 65°C with a cycle of 102 minutes of UV, followed by 18 minutes of water spray.

UV & Condensation Resistance Test

QUV-A test simulates the action of sun and condensation on the material with an accelerated 10-year exposure period. Tested for 2,000 hours with a cycle of 8 hours at 70°C with a 340nm UV Lamp, and 4 hours at 50°C with condensation.

Acid Rain Resistance Test

Acid rain is simulated in a chamber with an atomised sulphur dioxide solution in distilled water. Tested for 8 hours at 2°C with a 600ppm SO² solution.

Resistance to mechanical stresses

Our encapsulation technology creates a durable product, filling cavities, reinforcing the overall structure and enhancing the mechanical properties of our products. Luminaires are protected from bumps, knocks, drive over forces and other forms of mechanical impact.

Stone Chip Resistance Test

This test checks the resistance of the encapsulated product to impacts from gravel. 500g of chilled iron grit applied at an angle of 90° and a pressure of 2 bar, according to ISO 20567-1.
The results: No visible damage.

Impact Resistance Test

IK08 test: luminaire placed on a flat surface subjected to an impact equivalent to 5 Joules (1.7kg at 300mm), according to AS/NZS 1158.6:2010. Luminaire retested for IP rating after the IK test.
The results: Luminaire remains operable with superficial marks and no damage to the polyurethane surface.

Self-healing properties

The advanced resins used for encapsulation safeguard and protect components from external threats in multiple ways. The surface of the protected luminaire has a remarkable ability to resist wear and self-heal from surface marks caused by normal use.

Wear Resistance Test

The Crockmeter test ASTM D6279 checks the resistance to continuous cleaning with cloths, mops and sponges. Tested for 200 cycles with white crock cloth and green felt (M238C4).
The results: No abrasion marks and no colour changes.

Abrasion Resistance Test

The Taber Test ASTM D1044 checks the resistance to drive over and walk over, performed by an abrasive wheel. Tested for 1000 cycles with a 500g wheel of medium abrasion (Taber CS-10).
The results: Minimal abrasion marks.

Unaffected by cleaning agents

Our encapsulated products are resistant to many harsh chemicals, such as those found in common cleaning products and disinfectants that are likely to be used in a commercial, healthcare or residential setting.

Detergent & Disinfectant Resistance Test

These tests check the effects of prolonged, regular contact with common cleaning products:

  • Household bleach
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Common detergents (like Spray n wipe)
  • Common disinfectants (like Pine O Cleen, Dettol)

Tested for 2 hours of direct wet contact.
The results: No surface marks, no yellowing and no loss of gloss.

To Sum Up

Ingress Protection


Ingress Protection

Protection of electrical components against water and dust.

 

Weathering Resistance


Weathering Resistance

Stability and reliability under harsh environmental conditions.

 

Impact Resistance


Impact Resistance

Resistance to mechanical stresses.

 

Abrasion Resistance



Abrasion Resistance

Self-healing properties.

 

Chemical Resistance



Chemical Resistance

Impervious to common harsh cleaning agents.

 

Reliability. Always.

Coolon’s dedicated team of electronic engineers, mechanical designers and software developers continually aim to push the boundaries of technology. Clever design and innovative thinking are central to our drive for premium lighting products.

Each product designed at Coolon is subject to hours of scrutiny, rigorous testing and evaluation, ensuring adherence to standards and regulatory requirements, both locally and internationally.

Manufactured entirely within Australia, our products are created to deliver ultimate quality and years of reliable performance.

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