OL2A Extreme Testing Video


The OL2A is a tough safety light with the best performing battery on the market—meaning no maintenance or battery replacements for 5+ years. Shockproof, waterproof, and built to last, the OL2A will be the most reliable piece of your safety arsenal for years to come.

This extreme testing video showcases the performance and durability of the OL2A solar safety light:

  • Waterproof – The OL2A can be completely submerged and will still turn on.
  • Shockproof – This small, compact light can tumble down a rock cliff, and will still turn on.
  • Durable – The light is able to withstand vibrations, and the plastic won’t crack or fly off. In this example, the OL2A is mounted to a railway blue flag pole and falls down onto the track, undamaged.
  • Weatherproof – Frozen in a large block of ice, the OL2A withstands not only the cold conditions, but also the impact of a bat hitting and breaking apart the ice block that surrounds it.





Battery lifeLasts 5+ years with no change. Includes replaceable AA NiMH batteries.
WeightOur products are some of the lightest in the industry. Flange Mount: 0.8 lbs (0.37 kg)
Operating conditionsOperates in -22 to 122 ºF (-30 to 50 ºC) conditions.

Can be stored in -40 to 176 ºF (-40 to 80 ºC) conditions.

Life expectancy and warranty15-year life expectancy means replacement costs remain low. 3-year warranty provides peace of mind the light will work as expected.
StandardsISO 9001:2008 certified, RoHS, WEEE, FCC, CE

MIL-STD-202G (for Shock and Vibration)


Learn more by visiting our OL2A product page.

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Railway Interchange 2017 – Indianapolis, IN

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Event: Railway Interchange 2017

blue flag protection for railyardsLocation: Indiana Convention Center

Expo Dates: September 17–19

Expo Hours:

  • Sunday, September 17: 1–5 PM
  • Monday, September 18: 9:30 AM–6 PM
  • Tuesday, September 19: 8 AM–3 PM

Booth Number: 2337

About the Show:

Join us in Indianapolis for the Railway Interchange Expo, the largest expo of its kind in North America. We’ll be showing off our blue flag protection lights and offering a complimentary trial for attendees. (Psst: You can also get one by clicking here.)

Looking for more information? Check out our story on the OL2A on Progressive Railroading.

Carmanah Solar Obstruction Lighting Solutions Receive ICAO Certification

Carmanah has received ICAO certification for two additional solar obstruction lighting products. The OL10A and OL32, also marketed as the A703 and A704, have been certified to ICAO Type A and ICAO Type B standards for marking towers, cranes and other hazards to aerial navigation. With their rugged design and built-in solar panels, the OL10A and OL32 obstruction lighting products are unique in the obstruction lighting market. Designed to survive and perform in the harshest of environments, these Carmanah lights include no extraneous components, moving parts, cabling or external power source within a small, lightweight and fully self-contained housing.

Carmanah has ICAO certified obstruction lighting products for a range of obstruction marking lights including Type A and B low-intensity lights and ICAO Type C medium intensity lights. Carmanah obstruction lighting solutions also offer GSM communication options and visible and infrared lighting options.

Blue Lights Withstand Weather Test

A solar-powered blue light approved for use on Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway, received its proof-testing last winter at Superior.

Blue lights and blue flags warn others to stay off a track where personnel could be working on cars or locomotives.

“People at Superior conducting the test wanted to see if the lights could withstand Superior’s sub-zero temperatures. Winter frequently leaves conventional lanterns dead in only a few hours”, said Dan Thompson, safety assistant. “It passed with flying (blue) colors”.

Designed to meet blue light specifications required by the Federal Railway Administration, the blue light tested was easily displayed and did not require maintenance or servicing.

“It became a nice alternative,” Thompson said.

Carmanah Technologies of Vancouver, British Columbia says the $165 light will last up to five years. Conventional blue lights sell for $35 to $55. The Carmanah Technologies light, which Thompson deemed indestructible, can be either permanently mounted on a metal stand or applied to a car or locomotive with a magnet. Superior deploys three such devices, two used at the roundhouse, the other by the carmen in the yard, Thompson said.

Carmanah Technologies Inc., 877-722-8877, specializes in the design, manufacture and supply of lighting devices for the railway industry.

Thompson thanked Ron Hennessey, director safety mechanical, for spearheading approval of the devices now available through BNSF SourceNet.

Canada to Implement National Standard at Rail Crossings

Carmanah Technologies Inc. has completed Phase 1 of a project to develop a national standard for LED warning signals at railway crossings all throughout Canada.

This phase completes a review of the standards in use in other jurisdictions, compares the strengths and weaknesses of LED and incandescent technologies, and reviews the scientific and technical findings that lead to a recommended specification.

In 2000, there were 458 fatalities involving railway crossing accidents in North America, including 33 fatalities and 33 serious injuries in Canada. Railway crossing accidents account for the largest percentage of all rail-related fatalities.

In September, Carmanah hosted 12 representatives of Transport Canada, Canadian Pacific and Canadian National. The objective was to review the company’s laboratory tests and to participate in a field test of five types of LED-based light assemblies which may be used as part of the new national standard.

In February, Carmanah was awarded a $112,000 contract by Transport Canada to develop the new national standard for warning signals at road/railway grade crossings. A final recommendation for the national standard will be presented to Transport Canada in early 2002.

Carmanah Offers Solar-Powered Hazard Lights

VICTORIA, British Columbia — Carmanah Technologies, Inc, .said it has launched the railway industry’s first line of solar-powered L.E.D. (light emitting diode) lighting products for hazard marking applications.

Designed to meet U.S. Federal Railway Administration blue light legislation, Carmanah Railway Lights can be installed in minutes and do not require any maintenance or servicing for their entire life span of up to five years, the company said.

“There is a real need for our type of product in the railway industry,” said Carmanah CEO Art Aylesworth. “Recent statistics issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation shows that in the year 2000 there were over 1,600 yard switching accidents in the United States alone. Rail Yards are hazardous working environments and our technology offers the railway industry a new form of reliable, cost-effective blue signal protection.”

The North American railway supply market is extensive, with more than $20 billion in equipment supplies and services purchased on an annual basis. Evaluation lights and initial orders for Carmanah Railway Lights have now been shipped to many of the Class I and shortline railroad corporations, including Canadian National Railway, Canadian Pacific Railway, Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and CSX Railroad, the company said.

Carmanah’s lighting offers other attractive benefits for the railway industry.

“One of the biggest advantages of our hazard markers is that they can pay for themselves within months of installation through savings in the labor costs of maintenance and servicing, as well as the replacement costs of batteries and incandescent bulbs,” Aylesworth said. “In addition, the unique, patented design of our products are also ideally suited to withstand the rigors of use in a rail yard — our 500 Series model, for example, is nearly indestructible.”