6 reasons why solar street lighting is the solution for a sustainable future.
The time to move away from electrically powered street lights has well and truly come. Electrically powered street lights were designed in the 19th century and built for the era. There’s no denying that such technology was innovative for its time; however, technology has come a long way over the past 200 years and with it the development of sustainable technologies such as solar street lighting that has paved the way forward on a large scale.
Solar street lights provide outdoor street lighting sourcing their power directly from the sun through photovoltaic or PV panels.
In Australia, there are 2.3 million serviced street lights, amounting to an estimated annual cost of $125 million taxpayer expenditure.
“The amount of emissions caused by electrical street lights in local communities
lies between 30 to 60 percent, between regional or metropolitan areas.”
– Lead Designer at LeadSun Australia, Matthew Jones
As sustainable technologies become more readily available in Australia, and the benefits of solar powered solutions become widely known, solar street lights are becoming increasingly adopted by eco-friendly towns and communities across the country.
Read more about the many benefits of solar street lighting below:
Solar Street Lighting…
- Reduces carbon footprint and dependence on fossil fuels at a large scale.
Traditional street lights are electrically powered through an underground grid system.
Not only is the traditional approach expensive, but large amounts of fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas are required to produce electricity to power lights for large densely populated areas like cities.
Solar street lighting transforms energy directly from the sun, requiring absolutely no power from the grid.
2. Non-destructive installation with energy sourced from the sun
Installing extensive and expensive underground electrical systems is destructive to the surrounding environment.
Furthermore, electrically powered street lights need to be constantly connected to a power source, this greatly limits where they can be installed.
Leadsun’s smart solar lighting is installed using EZY-pole concrete-less footing which requires no underground cabling and therefore no destruction to the natural surroundings.
3. Increased public safety and use of community spaces
Walking trails, shared pathways and car parks become more inviting and accessible with solar street lighting, encouraging greater activity and use of shared community spaces.
Solar street lighting also makes for safer community spaces. Ambient and welcoming shared community spaces inspire increased activity and engagement, along with decreased rates of crime.
4. Keeping streets alight during power outages and blackouts
Traditional street lights are the first to go during a power blackout. Solar street lights are the reliable solution to community wide power blackouts and are 100% dependable during power outages.
5. Adaptive technology that saves solar power for when it’s needed most.
Leadsun Solar Street Lighting is integrated with adaptive lighting technology that intuitively responds to the surrounding environment.
Smart Solar Street Lighting’s advanced sensor technology responds to movement in the surrounding environment, automatically dimming to 30% when no motion is detected, reserving solar power only for when it’s needed most.
6. Smart wireless control and monitoring
Leadsun advanced smart solar lighting systems can be configured from anywhere in the world.
Solar powered lights can be turned on, off, dimmed and monitored from any device, anywhere, anytime.
Most notably, solar lights can be programmed for various lighting schedules, and have advanced data logging systems that provide core information on system performance and maintenance.
Solar street lighting is rapidly becoming the norm in communities across the world. As the cost-effective, reliable alternative to electrically powered street lights, solar street lights are the sustainable option for widespread lighting, reducing carbon emissions and decreasing environmental harm while providing greater community safety and satisfaction.