Let’s be honest, whenever you hear ‘Solar Street Lights’, it sounds exciting and you think how would they look like? They are really cool things, at least because they are environment friendly. For a more greener world that we are in a constant effort to make, these Solar Street Lights (SSL) add to it in an innovative approach.
The main advantage of SSL is that it does not require any direct external power supply. No external reaching wiring is necessary. Other notable features are portability, it can be moved from place to place over a trailer and the installation is fairly easy. These features make it ideal for using in remote areas where external power source is scarce and the best part is that, there is no cost associated for running it. So, bye bye electricity bills!
Solar Lighting works by converting solar energy into electricity and then into light after storing it as chemical energy in batteries. These batteries are able to hold charge for a particular amount of time and prolonged sessions without recharging leads to cessation of energy in the batteries. There is the solar panel, controller, battery, pole, shell, and some electric components in the total SSL unit.
Longer exposure to sunlight charges it up more, that’s why it’s more charged during summer. Monsoon and cloudy days will lead to lower amounts of electricity charged. Since SSL or other solar units are designed to last for a long time, it is designed in a way that it can withstand rain and other moderate splashes so there is no damage from exposure to rain. However, it should be properly maintained from time to time to ensure smooth operation.
The packaging and design makes it very easy to install and since there is no wiring involved, it can be easily installed by only using a single tool – a screwdriver.
For the lights used in SSLs, the best choice is to use CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp) and LED (Light Emitting Diode) lights as they consume little amount of electricity.
It’s fairly easy to maintain a SSL, by only wiping the Solar Panel surface to keep it free from dust, snow or other residue, its possible to take care of it for a long time.
These are the answers to the basic and most important questions related to Solar Street Lights. Both SSL and LED lights are strong and durable materials, so with a bit of regular maintenance, these SSLs can go on giving service for a long time.