5 Benefits to Solar Street Lights

5 Benefits to Solar Street Lights

Solar power lighting is becoming more and more popular not only for households and businesses but for communities too. Solar street lights are a sustainable and dependable source of light for local roads and pathways in residential communities. providing high standards of illumination for both pedestrians and drivers.

LED solar grid-free street lights are beginning to replace traditional 19th century electric street lights and are becoming the new standard in street lighting. Masterplanned neighbourhoods can now make good use of autonomous solar power street lighting, enhancing the amenity and helping to minimise their carbon footprint. 

What are solar street lights?

Solar street lights are street lights powered by the sun. They use solar panels to capture the power of the sun and convert that sunlight to an alternative source of energy. Leadsun has a great range of solar street lights for neighbourhoods that come with integrated batteries, no wires to worry about and are a breeze to install. 

Leadsun truly believes grid-free autonomous solar street lights will soon become the norm and we’ve created a list of five benefits of using solar street lights that we think might give you that same belief.

  1. Easy to Install

The installation process for solar street lights is easy. There’s no wiring or electrical work required for the installation of a solar-powered street light. The panel, lithium battery, controller and LED light are all integrated into the fitting. All that needs to be done is to attach the fixture to a pole or flat surface.

  1. Cost

When only considering the cost of the hardware and installation, Leadsun solar street lights are very competitive. When you consider the whole lifetime costs they come out ahead offering good value for money. This is because they require not expensive trenching and cabling to install and there are no ongoing energy costs or negative impact on the environment. 

  1. Low maintenance

Solar street lighting systems are essentially maintenance-free. When they are correctly installed, solar street lights only require periodic cleaning of the solar panel and the optrics. Considering the fact that the solar panels have self-cleaning glass and are positioned at the optimum angle to obtain the maximum cleaning effect of the rain, they often require no maintenance.  In addition, if you’ve chosen Leadsun, we provide an industry leading 10 years battery performance guarantee on our unique patented lithium-ion battery management systems. 

Using our hinged EZYpoles the lights can be easily lowered to ground level for attention so  don’t require any special high-lift, heavy machinery or cleaning equipment. If the light is dirty it can simply be lowered and wiped down or dusted as needed. 

  1. Better for the environment

Electricity supply for traditional grid-connected street lights are a drain on local government funds and are the largest source of carbon emissions. They make up 30-0% of a local government’s total emissions. Solar-powered street lights are easier on the environment as the solar panels are only dependent on the sun for power and their operations produce zero carbon emissions. 

Plus our FREEDOM local roads street lights have sharp light cut-off and warm 3000K LEDs in dark-sky compliant solar lights minimise nighttime light pollution, sky-glow and are more sympathetic to neighbouring properties and nature.

Solar street lights provide great coverage and with a newly designed system such as, you’re not simply getting solar lights, but LED fixtures with super sharp cut off optics that help reduce lighting glare.

  1. Reliability

Modern smart solar street lights are tried, tested and proven to be very reliable. If you consider the fact that they aren’t susceptible to black-outs and brown-outs that are occurring more frequently these days, you could say they are more reliable than grid connected street lights.

Plus if there’s a problem with the electricity grid you’ll lose a whole area of lights. If there’s a problem with a solar light you’ll only lose one. And with the web-based monitoring and control this can be easily checked from anywhere if you have the secure logic credentials.

The bottom line

Solar-powered street lights are the best lighting solution for any community. They can help to boost the look of the neighbourhood, reduce overall emissions, they will keep your streets illuminated even during a blackout, provide great pedestrian and driver visibility and are essentially maintenance-free.

To learn more about our solar LED street lighting options contact us today.  

How Solar Street Lights Are Installed

How Solar Street Lights Are Installed

The installation process for solar street lights is relatively straight-forward. If you’re an experienced professional with the right tools, you’ll have no trouble with installing solar street lights. Leadsun’s concrete-less footings and hinged poles make it quick and easy to install our lights without specialist equipment or heavy machinery. Just two experienced installers and a UTE can install most systems.

Most solar LED street lighting solutions come with installation instructions, but they can be over complicated and aren’t always user friendly. So, we’ve come up with a few simple steps that will help you understand how simple the process can be. 

While there are a lot of different solar street light suppliers in Australia, we are going to give you an overview of the installation process for one of our Leadsun SMART solar street light products. Much of the process is transferable to other products, but it’s important to always check the user manual for your specific solar light product. 

Installation conditions

There are some important conditions that need to be considered when installing a solar street light. It’s important to carefully examine the project and preferably visit the site. There are numerous factors to consider for safe and reliable installation and operation. For example, if the installation site is in the southern hemisphere, the panel must be facing north and in the northern hemisphere the panels must be facing south. 

Also, in the southern hemisphere it’s important to check the sun is not blocked by anything, such as buildings or trees to the north, as this will affect the charging efficiency of the solar power system and the overall operation of the street light. 

Next you will need to follow the installation process:

  1. Poles

If you’ll have to install poles for your new solar street lights.

Leadsun has a variety of solar street lighting solutions available. Choose from direct burial for high volume installations at new developments, concrete footings with rag-bolts or ingenious EZYfoot concrete footings for quick installations in one day. The EZYfoot concrete footings are also great for areas with sandy soil, made-up ground, contaminated soil or environmentally sensitive areas.

When used with the EZYlift or EZYtilt lowerable hinged poles all of the assembly work can be safely done at ground level.

  1. Bird spikes

Our solar street lights are supplied with bird spikes, to prevent birds from sitting on and damaging the light or fouling the solar panel. These are easily installed along the edge of the solar panel with the screws provided. 

  1. Install the bracket

Leadsun solar street lights are supplied with an adjustable bracket. This must be attached to the solar panel, set at the right angle and then attached to the pole. To obtain the maximum energy from the sun, the recommended installation angle for a solar panel in Australia’s southern states is 43 degrees and 23 degrees for its northern states. 

  1. Install the system 

Once the panel is attached to the bracket you can now lightly fasten it to the light pole with the screws provided. Ensure you face the solar panel in the direction for maximum sun exposure, then fasten more tightly with the screws provided. 

For a split type system, with separate light and solar panels separate, you will need to drill a hole in the light pole where the light will be positioned. The cables from the solar panel to the LED solar light thread through the hole.

Once the snap connectors are connected, mount the light onto the pole, fastening with the bolts provided. 

Solar street lighting solutions 

Installing a solar street light might seem complicated at first. With there being several street lighting suppliers in Australia and on top of that different makes and models, it’s important to understand the process correctly.  Always closely follow the specific product’s installation instructions. 

Here at Leadsun we offer a great range of solar powered street lighting solutions. If you’re planning the layout of new roads, parks or footpaths or you’re in need of new street lights for your street or neighbourhood, head to our products page or contact us today. 

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