Simmonsigns Simbol

This is the most up-to-date bollard in the Collection; the distinctive shape of its shell being specifically designed to withstand vehicular collisions by flexing with the impact. By 2011, the Simbol was a common sight throughout the UK, including Derby, although it was still a relatively uncommon sight in the City when this example entered the Collection in 2005, following its successful purchase on eBay.

The Simbol is unusually shaped to allow each face to round off towards the top and bottom. If a 'Keep Left' (etc) graphic were applied, it would normally be above the reflector strip, though I think that a graphic can be applied on each face if specially requested.

The 'back' of the bollard is free of any graphics, but again, there may be the option of having them printed onto here as well.

The Simmonsigns symbol is on the front of the Simbol!


A base light unit for the bollard was found and was then fitted to the shell on Thursday, 30th March 2006. The base light is made by rival firm Haldo; however most shells are compatible with most base lights, and so this was not a problem.

The unit consists of an aluminium box with a gear tray unit fitted internally - this example takes two 11 W PL-S lamps, however other variations include three 11 W lamps, three 8 W fluorescent tubes or even (more recently) white LEDs. Access to the lamps is gained by unscrewing the two tri-head bolts in either corner, and then removing the lid and lens. In normal operation, these units are obviously very close to the ground; thus, they are usually rated to a minimum ingress protection rating of IP67.

The gear tray can also be removed - this simply lifts out by pulling on the two nylon cords on either side. As this example only uses two lamps, the centre reflector section is not used.

With the tray removed, the rest of the base light can be seen - there is a cable entry gland and a small piece of wood where a cutout could be fitted.

The two lamps emitted a fair amount of light when powered up - certainly enough to light the inside of the shell anyway.

The shell is secured to the base light with four bolts - one in each corner. The Triplex Traffic bollard alongside is dwarfed by the Simbol's new height!

The light distribution in the shell was quite consistent for its entire length - though obviously the higher parts are a little dimmer.

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