Bus Shelter Lighting & Decoration

Bus Shelter Lighting and Passenger Information

Littlethorpe products can be factory fitted with solar power or 230 Volt (mains) bus shelter lighting, engineered to light up during the hours of darkness, or alternatively, only when someone enters the bus shelter.

Solar Powered Bus Shelter Lighting

Solar powered bus shelter

Solar panels on the roof of shelter

The solar power system is an industry standard, it comprises of solar panels which charge batteries housed in the roof cavity.

It also has a method of switching the light on and off, this is normally a PIR (passive infra-red) switch, it detects body heat and switches the light on, then off again with a five to ten minute delay when the shelter is vacated.

The system needs to know if it is daylight or darkness and so has a control box with logic circuits, this also regulates the flow of power to and from the batteries. The whole system is connected together with a wiring harness. The light itself has 48 LED diodes to emit light through a diffuser, the light is set to be very dim (after dark and up to midnight) and comes up to full strength when someone enters the shelter. The same happens in the two hours before sunrise in the winter.

Mains Bus Shelter Lighting

Bus Shelter Lighting (Mains)

Dark stain shelter with 240 volt light

Alternatively a mains light with a vandal resistant bulkhead fitting can be pre-wired into the shelters. An armoured cable goes from the light fitting across the underside of the roof and reaches ground level inside the structure of the rear wall. The end of the armoured cable can either be fitted to a junction box under the seat or a 3M long "tail" left to connect to a nearby fused mains supply, usually a "Haldo Pillar".

The light either has a photo cell switch if the light is required to be on during darkness or a PIR switch like the solar system if Bus Shelter Lighting is only required when the shelter is occupied during darkness. A certificate of electrical safety for the mains light is supplied by Littlethorpe prior to the shelter being delivered; this enables your local electrician to wire up the light to the mains supply whist conforming to current electrical regulations.

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End grain of components

End grain of components are spayed before assembly

All of our bus shelters can be customised to suit your personal preference.

The hardwood we use is naturally durable and does not need decorating to preserve it, each shelter simply looks better when sprayed with three coats of decorative wood stain. The attractive stain prevents graffiti from being absorbed into the grain making cleaning easier. The overall finish looks very much like oak.

The end grain of components are spayed before assembly to seal the end grain from moisture absorption. After assembly the whole shelter is sprayed three times using only water based stains going through a pumped air system. Water based stains are selected because of their very low level of emission of chemicals into the atmosphere during the drying process. A pumped air system is used because it is a high quality system that gives exceptional results.

Re-staining of shelters can be carried out after installation with water based brush applied stain; see the Maintenance page.

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Electronic Information Panels

Bus Electronic Information Panel

Electronic information display box

The shelters can also be pre-wired to receive electronic information panels or have time table cases factory fitted.

The electronic information panels are pre-wired in the same way as the mains light with an armoured cable concealed inside the rear wall and a "tail" left at both ends; the information panel manufacturers normally prefer to do the final wiring of their own product.

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Bus Stop Plates

Bus stop plate

Shelter with "flag" and bus stop sign fitted

Hardwood brackets designed to take "Bus Stop" plates can be factory fitted to the roof line of the shelters. Time table cases or even parish notice boards can also be fixed to the solid rear wall of the shelters in our factory. Most local authorities prefer to put bus time table cases onto poles out side the shelters, the reason for this is two fold; for better visibility in poor light and to allow direct access to it with out leaning over other waiting bus passengers.

If there is a pole for a time table case at a bus stop it is sensible to fix the "Bus Stop" plate to the pole rather than to the roof line of the shelter.

For more information about our bus shelters, please contact Littlethorpe of Leicester direct on:

0116 260 3777 or email us