Solar street lighting questions

Solar street lighting questions

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Solar Street light questions and answers

We are happy to be able to provide an answer to any of your questions regarding solar lights or street lighting as this is something we are proud to be associated with. Our knowledge is based on and over 15 years experience within the battery storage side of the renewable PV market place and over 40 years within manufacturing environment supplying equipment and products.

Solar power is a genuine help towards cutting down on electricity costs. Bespoke outputs suited to localised situations providing high quality irradiance. So by providing bespoke street lighting systems mains power costs can be dramatically reduced to zero.

Do solar street lights work

Ideally you need to understand the principles; solar energy is available every day. Harvesting the energy and storing it for use later makes the task complex depending on your needs. We offer and design a range of street lighting systems that have specifically been developed. Our products are ideal for open outdoor installations.

Weather conditions are widely responsible for climatic events culminating in poor iridescence. Therefore to overcome this it is possible for us to design a system that can appreciate weather patterns as we currently understand them.

Will my location alter the dynamic

Our street lights can be designed and provide a given battery storage capacity for the LED lights based on that location. Depending on what you are trying to achieve we can provide a solution.

Will they work all night

Usually we ask specific questions to understand your needs. The answers provided allow us to determine this question. At certain times of the year the irradiance may be limited so where possible we would build a product to satisfy the limitation by scope. Understanding the prerequisite can allow us to build autonomy into every product.

Reliability factor

Are they good value for money, the answer is that they do not have annual electricity cost. So based on our li-ion battery storage, a calculation can be made on historical evidence proving the life expectancy of 2,000 plus cycles. Panels used are graded A tier one maximising energy potential at all times, This is optimised using multi pint point tracking systems that are used to maximise potential PV energy sources, thus performing charge operations as soon as possible to the ever changing weather patterns matching our equipment configurations and algorithms; these are provided in Pb or Li-ion style to provide maximum storage potential. Mechanical hardware is always protected by corrosion resistant coverings. Where possible we try to offer all material parts provided with a high quality control to match your needs along the lines of ISO9001, this way we are able to manage the quality aspects so that the end customer never has to.

How much

Costs are based on individual needs and locations; we are always pleased to discuss any informational needs that you consider would benefit your location.

What about planning

Usually a local community council will have access to the town planning portal relevant to their area. Where individuals are unsure it is always sensible to ask your local authority first or consult the Planning for England and Wales, Planning for Scotland or planning consent for Northern Ireland.

Maintenance requirements

Why use solar power, well because panels are based on a 20-25 years life time energy expectancy results. This currently offers the most economical method of generating renewable energy. Due to the angle of installations, panels have an anti-salt and corrosion resistant coating on the glass so that when rain is sufficient it provides a self-cleaning design to remove snow, leaves and most debris, although bird rousting and other debris is not something we are able to control. While our LED chip sets are based on 12-15 years of life dependency or 60,000 hours use, at ambient temperatures (critical failures included). This ensures the low energy demand on storage components and adheres to a low light pollution zone for the clear skies initiative. As batteries are subject to changing temperatures, the cycles and charge rates make it impossible to give an accurate life time, so battery manufacturers instead offer a life based on cycles. As an example Pb provide a life cycle of 300-600 based on temperature fluctuations. Whereas Li-ion style batteries offer upwards of 2,000 cycles, this depending on use and working conditions. Electronic controls are manufactured and designed with a 3 years warrantee built in. All mechanical apparatus such as metal battery boxes and columns are prepared to last the average life of 20 years plus. As we normally offer kits to customers, it is suggested that an annual inspection of all equipment parts should be carried out as a matter of course to ascertain the condition of installed equipment.

Are they carbon neutral

We try to offer items around the ethics of being green to provide a product that uses less Co2 or a lower percentage. Dragons breath operates a facility that provides products that work within this prerequisite. The lights will provide 100% reductions compared to standard mains power installations fed from the national grid. The concept ideal is to provide a GREEN SOLUTION towards combating increasing energy costs and light pollution.

Calculating the Co2 offset = kg CO2 per kWh 0.13

How much will they cost

Most interestingly the costs can be calculated in many ways.

The initial price of parts or kits would be relatively similar to standard street lighting components. Without the costs derived from electricity fed through the mains supply and the costs involved in trenching mains cables etc.

Costs are therefore dependent on the style and makeup.

Electronic control and battery equipment parts are designed to last the life of system along with the hardware. Therefore depending on the style and location we can undertake a proposal to ascertain individual requirements and needs.

The cost of ownership can be calculated. This is usually considerably less than equivalent incandescent mains powered street lighting installation costs.


We offer on our products a sliding scale depending on what is ordered of 3 to 5 years.

LEDs and solar panel parts. 

Based on historical weather conditions dating back to 1980 (36 years). The weather conditions in the UK have predominantly stayed the same during winter periods; although the evidence that the Met office suggests is that the annual temperature over the winter period is increasing slightly, culminating in the risk of heavier rain fall and other fluctuations during this time. As our equipment parts are all located on top of columns or metal posts flooding or high water table risks are eliminated. As solar panels work with refracted light sources, this should not prevent future solar irradiance. E&OE

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