People are opting to use solar LED technology to light their streets, sites, and sidewalks. Solar LED lights make use of less energy than the traditional sodium bulbs. Installation charges are negligible and it does not need the same type of maintenance like on-grid powered lights.
Why LED bulbs last longer?
Unlike standard incandescent bulb, the solar LED lamps are designed from electroluminescence and semi-conductors. Luminescent chips get very hot, so they are positioned on a heat sink (aluminum), which absorbs the warmth. LED fixtures need to be replaced, after 10 to 15 years. The solar panels are designed from silicon, so cleaning is easy.
LED vs. HID
HID lights need frequent replacement along with annual maintenance fees. Minimum 2 workers and a lift or crane is needed to replace incandescent fixtures. Moreover, the location of street lights also matters, because there may be need of expensive tools or police officers to redirect cars in high-traffic zones.
Municipalities and utilities need to allocate significant amount of funds on roadway and street fixtures, especially light bulb replacement. This cost gets reduced substantially, because solar LED pole lights are designed to bear extreme climatic conditions. Thus, there is no concern about replacing panel or fixture in snow, wind, or rain.
Minimal maintenance batteries
The type of battery provided in pole lights is tubular lead acid, which needs minimal maintenance. In addition, the LED street lighting system has charge controller, which protects the batteries from getting deep discharged or overcharged. Batteries are enclosed in a battery box and fixed on the pole at suitable height for easy replacement and maintenance.
Once a year cleaning is sufficient
LED solar street lighting system is available with a warranty of 25 years on solar panels and 5 years on solar batteries. Cleaning of solar panel can be conducted with a cotton cloth using a ladder. Just wipe away the dirt and debris built up, to maintain its performance every year. Basically, every time it rains the panels get washed away naturally.
Pocket-friendly, so solar LED lighting system is popular
Besides low maintenance aspect, solar LED lighting system saves on energy and installation, so it has grown in popularity. The initial cost of LED solar street lamps is high, but other superior characteristics are worthy.
Emits no green gases, so best pollution-free option
High ROI (no utility bills to be paid)
Ability to go grid-free
Practically no maintenance for more than 30 years
Can be installed anywhere
LED solar technology has proved not to blow out or malfunction, so there is no need to spend money on professional help to maintain the systems performance and long life.
Dependence on fossil fuel and foreign oil, which are non-renewable energy sources, gets reduced. Energy gets saved in batteries, which can be used in the evening. It can be programmed to get dimmed automatically, late at night and brightly lit at dusk. Thus, it helps to save energy and maintenance.
Solar technology is improving constantly, as time passes. The non-renewable sources are slowly declining, so it is time the world moves towards tapping solar energy.