Solar Street Lights – Advantages vs. Disadvantages
Posted: Jan 18, 2017
Solar powered street lights have seen a new beginning in the form of rebirth with the recent technological innovations. Defined simply, outdoor raised light sources when powered by the photovoltaic or PV panels are termed as solar street lights. By raised, it means that the solar panels are either mounted on the lighting structure or they are connected using a pole. These PV panels are equipped with a rechargeable battery and thus they are able to provide power for the duration of the entire night to the fluorescent or LED lamp. Also, in the majority of instances, these solar street lights have solar panels which can sense outdoor light automatically through an external light source. With the energy production and storage capacities, even during an absence of sun’s energy these can produce light successively during nights for a minimum of 2-3 days. There are various reasons due to which many users can be seen opting for solar street lighting, here we look the advantages and the disadvantages of the same:
Solar Street Light Advantages
The operational costs are lessened with solar street lights as they operate independent of utility grids, thus these are not connected to the electricity provider as they are wireless. These lights depend on the heat generated by the sun, and have storage features of storing maximum of solar energy. Additionally, as compared to conventional street lights, it is easier to maintain the solar street lights, with minimal risk of associated overheating, no external wires, which in turn also minimizes accidents risks. Also it has been observed that during maintenance or repair of conventional street light, men involved run the risk of electrocution or strangulation, which is again minimal in solar street lights. In addition, the environment friendly nature of the solar lights help in reducing the carbon footprint contribution with the harnessing of solar energy rather than use of fossil resources. The solar street light system lends a quality of mobility to these lights that can be easily carried to remote areas thereby making the solar lights handy and efficient solution to lighting problems, particularly in far flung areas. These advantages actually i the long run are beneficial to the user as compared to conventional street lighting systems. However, there are certain associated disadvantages to solar street lighting. The next section throws light on those:
Solar Street Lights Disadvantages
One of the most common drawback of solar street lights in comparison to conventional street lights is the higher initial investment required by solar lights. And this is also the paramount reason which is deterring people from adopting the use of solar street lights. However this expense is a misconception in consideration of the long-term benefits of the solar street lighting coupled with their longer life cycle. One risk with these solar lights is the risk of them being stolen due to them being wireless as they are of high value, Another functional risk associated with the solar street lights is that in snowy or dusty weather conditions, the horizontal PV panels can accumulate moisture or dust and this may hamper energy production and thus lighting. This requires that the solar street lights are periodically checked, particularly when placed in extreme weather conditions. Thus all in all, it is recommended proposition to invest in solar street lighting.
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