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How to Plan Your Solar lighting solution Budget?

Aug 15,2022 | CANMEILIGHTS

Now, street lights applied to solar lighting achieve the same lighting effects as traditional street lights.

This article will help you evaluate whether a project is suitable for solar lighting and select the best solar lighting solution. First, we will gather the information before the project begins to make a final comparison of the solar street light specifications offered by different manufacturers.

When gathering project information, 7 questions must be understood, it will help you assess the overall project requirements and budget, reach the most appropriate solar lighting solution for your project, avoid over budget and reduce the cost of equipment repair or replacement in the future.

The 7 essential questions are as follows:

1.  where the project is located?

Where is the exact location of the project? If possible, get the exact street address and location。


Because manufacturers can incorporate local solar radiation data into their system designs when designing solar lighting solutions.
Different regions receive different amounts of sunlight each day. For example, the difference between the north and the south in the winter is huge, and the specific radiation can be parameterized by the solar radiation coefficient table for the area near your exact location. 
In addition, potential shadow hazards such as trees, buildings, or other obstacles that may block solar panels, etc., should be evaluated in the case of street addresses.

2. Know about the application environment of the project 

What kind of area do you want to illuminate? Different basic types of streets and roads will have different lighting output requirements.


Because different applications may have an impact on the height of the poles, the spacing of the poles, and the light level requirements. For example, a solar street light installed on a pedestrian street may require a higher brightness level than a trail or park. The following are some possible applications.

Pedestrian streets
Residential areas
Parking lots
Building entrances

3. Find out the size of the project

Figure out the length of the street/access road or the size of the general area (parking lot, etc.).


The size or length of the area will affect the number of solar street lights and the average of light that hits the ground, all of that will affect the overall project cost. The following are the ranges you may encounter.

2000 square meters of playground
1000 meters of the access road
150m x 300m parking lot

4. What kind of light pole do you need?

Is there a specified pole height? What kind of poles are needed? Do I need to order special light poles?

Because the height of the pole may affect the number of street lights required for the project. The type of pole may affect the cost of installation.

For example.:
General street light height: 6-7 meters
Public access light height: 8-10 meters

5. What is the required light level?

Are there light level standards of state or municipal?   If they have, what are they? What light levels need to be met on the ground? Are they have consistency requirements?

Different applications require different light levels, which is critical to the project cost.

6. What is the operational profile of the overall project?

How long do the lights need to be on each night?  Do they need to be on all night or only at specific times to meet the brightness requirements? If you are not sure, you can come to us at https://canmeilights.com/ for consultation.
In the specific operation, we will make different power management to meet your solar street light system needs.

There are some common options.
Run all night: The lights will run at the same light output level all night.
Dimming at off-peak times: For example, after dusk, the light will run at the desired light output level for 5 hours, then dim to 30% of the desired light level.

2 hours before dawn, the light will return to 100% until sunrise.

Turn off or dim at a precise time: for example, the light will run at the desired light output until 11:00 p.m. and then turn off.

7. Determine the color temperature of the required lamps

What color (30,000K) or higher temperature (6,000K) is required?

Color temperature affects the power output of the luminaire and will affect the project expenditure. While the color temperature may be a preference than a requirement, urban lighting prefers higher color temperature lighting because it is better for our health and the environment.

Finally, I would like to emphasize that engineering projects need rigorous preliminary examination and design because it involves a large amount of money.
In the early establishment of the project, please develop good scientific and technical standards.
If you need more help, please contact https://canmeilights.com/ or you can go to https://canmeilights.com/ to purchase suitable solar lights.