Solar lighting has become an increasingly popular choice for public spaces as the world shifts towards renewable energy solutions. From parks and streets to parking lots, solar lighting is a versatile and affordable way to light up public spaces while keeping energy costs low and reducing the environmental impact.
In this article, we'll explore the benefits of solar lighting and discuss the different types of solar lighting systems available. We'll also discuss how to choose the right solar lighting system for your public space and the components typically found in a solar lighting system.
Introduction to Solar Lighting
Solar lighting is a system that uses solar energy to produce the energy needed to illuminate LED light fixtures at night. Solar lighting systems are comprised of several components, including solar panels, a rechargeable battery, a light fixture, and a controller. The solar panels are the key component of the system, as they convert sunlight into electrical energy, which is then stored in a rechargeable battery assembly. The controller regulates the amount of electricity released from the battery to the light fixture, and the light fixture then emits the light.
Solar lighting systems are typically used in public spaces as a way to reduce energy costs and environmental impact. Solar lighting is becoming increasingly popular due to its cost-effectiveness, versatility, and durability.
Benefits of Solar Lighting
Solar lighting offers many benefits to public spaces, including cost savings, environmental friendliness, and durability. Let's take a closer look at the benefits of solar lighting.
One of the main benefits of solar lighting is its cost savings. Solar lighting systems typically require no additional wiring or trenching, which can save on installation costs. Additionally, since solar lighting systems don't rely on electricity from the grid, they can significantly reduce energy costs. This is especially beneficial for public spaces, as they often require a large amount of energy to power lighting solutions.
Another benefit of solar lighting is its environmental friendliness. Solar energy is renewable, meaning it won't deplete like traditional energy sources, such as coal or oil. Additionally, solar lighting systems don't emit any greenhouse gases and require very little maintenance.
Solar lighting systems are also incredibly durable. Solar lighting systems are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions and are often designed with vandal-proof or tamper-proof features. This makes solar lighting an ideal choice for public spaces, as they are often subject to vandalism. Plus, having the solar installed high on a pole keeps it out of harm's way.
Solar lighting systems are also incredibly versatile. Solar lighting systems can be used for a variety of applications, from parking lot lighting to street lighting. Additionally, solar lighting systems come in a variety of sizes and shapes, making them suitable for both small and large areas.
Different Types of Solar Lighting Systems
Several different types of solar lighting systems are available, each with unique features and benefits. Let's take a look at some of the most popular types of solar lighting systems.
Commercial Solar Lighting
Commercial solar lighting systems are designed for commercial applications, such as parking lots or streets. These systems are typically more powerful than outdoor solar lighting systems and are designed to provide a higher level of illumination for large areas.
Many different types of commercial solar lighting systems can be used for public spaces. Smaller systems, such as the SolarRFL can are used to illuminate a small area, signs, landscaping, and other projects where a small flood would be best.
Other areas, such as street and roadways, parking lots, intersections, boat ramps, playgrounds, and roadways, can utilize systems more like the SolarViper or SolarRatio system. These feature more significant lumen outputs while allowing larger solar systems to provide the needed energy.
Residential Solar Lighting
Residential solar lighting systems are designed for residential applications like yards and gardens. These systems typically provide a lower level of illumination than commercial solar lighting systems, but they can still be used to provide adequate lighting for walkways and other outdoor areas. These systems are usually found in big box stores or online retailers.
How to Choose the Right Solar Lighting System
Choosing the right solar lighting system for your public space can be challenging. Here are some tips to help you make the right choice.
First, consider the type of application you're looking to develop. For example, are you looking for a system that will provide a high illumination level, such as an overhead light like the SolarViper or SolarRatio system? Or are you needing a small area or sign illuminated, which would probably use something more like the SolarRFL system? There's also remote restroom lighting using the SolarRWL and SolarLSQ systems, or a combination of the two.
Next, take into account the size of the area you're looking to light. The size of the area will dictate the size of the solar lighting system you need. If you're looking to light a large area, you'll need a larger system. There are many cases where multiple systems are used to illuminate areas, such as parking lots.
Finally, consider your budget. Solar lighting systems can vary greatly in price, depending on the type and size of the system. A standard system has a much different cost than a decorative system. Signs and other small fixture systems have a much lower cost. Make sure to research and find a system that fits your budget.
Solar Lighting for Public Spaces
Solar lighting is an excellent choice for public spaces, as it offers all the benefits of traditional lighting systems without high energy costs or environmental impact. Additionally, solar lighting systems are incredibly versatile and can be used for a variety of public spaces, from parks and streets to parking lots.
Solar lighting systems are also incredibly easy to install and maintain, making them a great choice for public spaces. Solar lighting systems can typically be installed in a matter of hours and require very little maintenance. These lower installation and maintenance costs lower the overall site's operational and maintenance costs for the project's life, saving money over the course of 25+ years.
Common Solar Lighting System Components
Solar lighting systems typically have several components, including solar panels, a rechargeable battery, a light fixture, and a controller. Solar panels are the key component of the system, as they convert sunlight into electrical energy, which is then stored in a rechargeable battery assembly. The controller regulates the amount of electricity released from the battery to the light fixture, and the light fixture then emits the light.
Solar lighting is a great choice for public spaces, as it offers all the benefits of traditional lighting systems without high energy costs or environmental impact. Solar lighting systems are also incredibly durable, cost-effective, and versatile, making them suitable for various applications.
Solar lighting is a great choice if you're looking for a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to light up your public space. Want to see how a solar lighting solution can meet the need of your next public space project? Fill out our quote request form and see how SEPCO can help you achieve the lighting you need while providing you all the benefits of utilizing a solar lighting solution.