Carmanah Improves School Zone Safety with Solar LED Lighting Technology

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Carmanah is pleased to announce the launch of its ultra-compact R829C Flashing School Zone Beacon - the most advanced solar-powered school zone flasher available. The R829C builds upon the long-established reputation of Carmanah's solar flashing beacons, but is more compact and energy efficient. The new flasher continues to improve driver awareness in school zones and reduce vehicle speeds, while providing an unobtrusive, aesthetically pleasing alternative to existing technology. Like its predecessor, the R829, the R829C automatically adjusts to prevailing solar conditions in order to operate reliably in all climates.

Carmanah's solar flashing beacons are especially effective at reducing vehicle speeds. The R829C school zone flasher is user-programmed to operate during peak times, such as when children are coming to and from school. The flashing sequence, which activates three times throughout the day for 15-45 minutes, is pre-programmed for up to 500 days in advance. Flashing reliably when it is needed most, the R829C alerts drivers that they are entering a school zone. Modifications to the programming schedule can be easily made at any time using Carmanah's user-friendly, intuitive PC-based scheduling software.

The R829C also features an easier, less costly installation process. With no trenching, cabling, or disruption to traffic flow, the R829C installs in minutes onto any existing signpost and operates without requiring external control cabinets. Users also achieve significant, long-term cost savings because the unit requires no external power. Using patented electronics, Carmanah's flashers feature additional operational benefits, such as no scheduled maintenance or servicing for 5 years. The R829C uses ITE compliant LED modules, and is MUTCD compliant.

Carmanah manufactures compact solar flashing beacons for crosswalks, school zones, and 24-hour applications, and LED illuminated street-name signs and regulatory signs. More than 250,000 installations worldwide attest to the reliability and operational benefits of Carmanah's products.

For more information, visit or contact Carmanah's Roadways Division at:

Toll-free (North America): 1-877-722-8877

Worldwide: +1 (250) 380-0052

Fax: +1 (250) 389-0040


About Carmanah Technologies Corporation

Carmanah is an award-winning manufacturer specializing in energy-efficient technologies that fundamentally change the way its customers operate. The Company is currently focused on three technology groups: solar-powered LED lighting, solar power systems & equipment and LED-illuminated signage.

Carmanah is headquartered in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada and has branch offices and/or sales representation in 11 cities across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. With more than 250,000 installations worldwide, Carmanah is one of the world's premier suppliers of energy-efficient products.

The shares of Carmanah Technologies Corporation are publicly traded on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "CMH" and on the Berlin and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges under the symbol "QCX". For more information, please visit