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Solar Power Street Light Design: Step by Step

Posted by SEPCO

7/5/12 9:30 AM

Solar Power Street LightEver wonder how solar powered street light projects are designed? Here is a step by step guide.

Step 1 – Find area in need of street lights

The first thing to figure out is the length of road in need of street lights. This can be a small entrance road only a couple hundred of feet long to miles of streets through an area. Does the area currently have any type of lighting available? What is the reason for needing street lights in this area?

Step 2 – Find out if electric is available

Is the electrical grid already nearby or would you need to call in the power company to bring in electrical lines? If the electric needs to be brought to the area, how much is this going to cost? Depending on how far the grid electric is from the location of the needed lighting, this can be quite expensive.

Step 3 – Determine the lighting requirements

How much lighting is needed on the street? Do the lights need to be dark sky compliant? Do the street lights need to run from dusk to dawn or for only a specified number of hours at night? Are the street lights able to dim in the middle of the night and still provide enough lighting? These questions need to be answered before you can decide on how many lights you will need to complete the project.

Step 4 – Find all alternatives

Solar power street lights are an option to traditional electrical lights. Solar street lights do not need the electrical grid to be brought in as they are self-contained units that provide their own electric. LED street light fixtures provide the best lighting solution by using lower amounts of power, better optics, dimming features where needed, and cost less in an overall solution.

Step 5 – Contact companies for quotes

The last step after gathering the above information is to contact companies for quotes. Just like with anything else, get multiple quotes and weigh the pros and cons of every company and situation. The lowest quote is not always the best, so make sure to do your research on companies and products before you submit a purchase order.

If you take your time, do your research, and gather needed requirements, your next street lighting project will be a success. Never be afraid to ask a lot questions, they may save you time and money in the long run.

Topics: Solar Lighting, General Lighting, Street Lighting

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