Solar Street Lights
Updated: Jul 7
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Street lights have somewhat become a very popular part of the urban nights. They are found on public roads, in estates, parks and on the fence walls of residential buildings.In rural areas as well, street lights are becoming ubiquitous as Nigerian politicians have made street lamps part of their campaign promises.
Street lights are installed mainly for security reasons. They also help pedestrians, drivers and vulnerable users of the road at night thereby reducing the risk of accidents. Also, they have aesthetic value as they help beautify the night.
The solar street lighting system includes
Lamp with charge controller
How Solar Street Lights Work
Incorporated solar panels trap sunlight and convert it into electricity. This process occurs during the day. As solar street lights do not work at night, this energy is stored in the battery for use at nighttime.
At night, photoreceptors shutdown the solar cells and the battery in turn will start supplying power to the LED lamp through wiring in the lamp.
Solar street lamps are 'intelligent' in the sense that the photocells activate the lamp automatically when needed, at times when there is little to no ambient light, such as at dusk or dawn or at the onset of dark weather conditions.
Unlike the conventional street lights that are uses low-pressure sodium lamps, solar lamps are mostly LED lights.
Also, they come with controllers that help prevent overcharge and overload and any damage to the lamp and battery.
Types of Solar Street Lamps
Solar street lights may have its different parts, battery, lamp and solar panel incorporated into one single piece. Or its different parts may be split either entirely or in semi-incorporated units.
A semi-split street light comes in two parts, lamp body and solar panel. A full-split street light will have all its different parts separated and installed manually. Local manufacturers can make street lamps by using local materials to weld together a solar panel, a battery and a lamp.
Solar street lamps require much less maintenance in comparison to conventional street lights. Since wiring is not required, the risks of accidents are reduced. Also, they are more durable and have a longer lifespan than conventional street lamps.
Solar street lights are an option for public roads, estates, grounds and residential homes and as always SolarKobo helps its clients make the best choice of all solar-based systems.