As promised in the previous article, once a month we will publish up information flares for motorcyclists. For what - Increase your visibility, and thus will improve their safety. It is time for news from the world of glare. The first question should be "how the reflectors'?
Reflective - is the principle on which they operate glare. It consists in that the light (e.g. Car headlamp) is reflected from the reflective material and returns to its source. Characterized by a reflective material such structure that the light is reflected in a direction close to that of which the (not is only when it is the perpendicular). This structure is formed special items placed on the material - glass microspheres, or tiny acrylic prisms.
Describing these technical details we had a specific purpose. Since we already know how the glare, the next question should be whether all reflective "shine"? There are two ways that allow you to check whether your glare motorcycle functions:
Take a photo with your phone turned his glare flash files from a distance of about 6m. If the image you see distinctive flash it means that your reflections are OK. After a few washes his motorcycle clothing with reflective elements do again this procedure. If the image is the same effect that means that your reflections are of good quality. Unfortunately, it often happens that is not certified reflectors lose their values after a few washes (fluorescent material andreflective tape are losing their properties).
The second way is to memorize this shortcut - EN 471. If reflectors are certified it on the label should have the information that the product is made from materials that meet the standard EN 471 or product satisfies the standard EN 471.
How they were taken pictures of various glares?
The creators of the campaign Hen Visible deliberately did photos with the mobile phone flash files; so that everyone can perform this test you. Magazine, in which the pictures were taken - light minimally gets through the windows on the model.
We have two types of images:
The light coming through the window + Fluorescent
Off fluorescent light (imitation twilight)
Photos illustrate how different reflectors are available on the market. It's great that you want to ride in sheen. However, our article is to educate, what to look for when buying accessories with reflective elements.
What defines the standard EN 471?
EN 471 - clothing High-visibility warning for professional use (professional). The standard specifies requirements for clothing visually signaling the user's presence, to notice him and see in hazardous conditions by the light of the night, day and when the spotlight.
In this article, there was some technical information about the glare. Maybe it’s a little boring, but very important and memorable. Why did we write? Since we met several times with the shares of many companies wanting to promote their brand, handing out various reflections, usually jackets. The objectives of the event were laudable, but unfortunately often these vests were not certified, that is simply not shown in artificial light so someone in Poland prevailed and founded the vest to increase your visibility. It moves after dark from the light, the knowledge "I am visible." And here's a surprise - glare does not "shine" and we have a tragedy.
If you already assume glare let us consider whether our reflective vest motorcycle, belts or suspenders are certified and shine. Motorbike "Give the note"