Product: Hi-Glo by Landscape Forms
Design: BMW DesignWorks USA
Territory: worldwide

Landscape Forms, a US street furniture manufacturer, wanted to develop an outdoor light that was easy to maintain. The Hi-Glo light is part of a range of street furniture from Landscape Forms designed by BMW DesignWorksUSA, a subsidiary of the German carmaker.

The Hi-Glo is lit by LED (light-emitting diode) technology, which uses less energy and lasts about three times as long as older filament-burning bulbs.

LEDs throw off a lot of heat, so the designers had to create a structure to accommodate this. They came up with a continuous ribbon-like form that provides twice the surface area of a normal pole. They specified it in aluminium, which dissipates more heat to the air than many other materials.

The Hi-Glo is made even easier to maintain as it is finished with a polyester powdercoat, which resists rusting, chipping, peeling and fading and requires no cleaning solvents.

The controls powering the LEDs are placed at ground-level so that any faults can be fixed without the need for a ladder. They are concealed in the base of the pole, behind a vertical panel integrated into the design.

Meanwhile, the designers created a sealed cartridge to hold all 40 LED nodes, which can be replaced using just one tool.

Hi-Glo retails for $3,000 per unit. The product has been on the market for a year and a half and sales have so far exceeded $700,000. The biggest order has been from Intuit, the computer company which uses Hi-Glo at its Silicon Valley headquarters.

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