In just the past couple of years, we’ve seen the LED lighting industry coupled with solar power off grid applications change in design for the better. The LED light fixture as it is today is outgrowing its HID/HPS counterpart as a lighting source. Integral use of LEDs with acrylic lenses for directional light and magnifiers have hugely increased the output per Watt and performance of the LED, not to mention life expectancy, thus making it a perfect partner with solar power in that it reduces the cost and the size of the solar power assembly (battery and solar array) that it would take to power them. With that being said, a solar power lighting application becomes much more competitive in the outdoor lighting world.
What does that mean for the future of outdoor lighting? It means that one day not too far away solar power lighting may be the standard to outdoor lighting applications. Instead of seeing energy hungry HID/HPS lights there will be a solar panel on the pole to feed power to a battery that allows the light to run at night. The lower cost and greener alternative will provide better ROI while lowering carbon emissions and providing an environmentally sound solutions.
Solar for thought.