Tag: street lights

  • LED Lighting for EV Charging

    Integrating LED Lighting with Solar Electric Vehicle Chargers

    From Volkswagen to General Motors, automakers are preparing for the revolution of electric vehicles. During this era, fleets will transition from gas-powered cars to electrified vehicles.

    Unlike traditional gas-powered vehicles that require refueling at gas stations, electric units rely on charging hubs to refill battery packs. Currently, many car companies are developing infrastructural components associated with EV charging stations.

    Solar EV Charging Hubs

    In far-flung locations, deploying EV charging hubs is costly and time consuming. In order to reduce costs associated with connection to local grids, some businesses are setting up solar-powered EV charging stations. This type of sustainable charging unit can be found in highway rest stops, parking lots and even traditional gas stations.

    The charging stations must be able to cater to EV owners 24/7. Because of this, LED lights should be installed for individuals charging their vehicles at night.

    LED Lighting for EV Charging

    There are numerous sections of the EV charging station, wherein LED lights can be installed for robust illumination. Solar EV charging stations are usually covered with a roof, to protect the vehicle from intense heat during the afternoon. At night, such protective covers are not required, since the system is leveraging power from its battery packs and the panels are dormant.

    Linear LED lighting installed under the canopy area are ideal for general illumination. Conventional LED street lamps on poles may also be installed in the location for safety and security. Motion sensors on the fixtures could be added for automated illumination and energy savings, since the LED lights will also be powered via the battery pack.

    LED bollard lights next to the EV charging panel are suitable for supporting charging-related activities. For example, individuals must find the correct plug and input charging preferences on the panel, as well as provide payment for the service.…

  • The Rise of Autonomous, Solar Street Lights for Cities

    The Rise of Autonomous, Solar Street Lights for Cities

    Cities need street lights to function properly at night. The units provide guidance for local residents and offer security around parking lots and commercial locations.

    Street lighting systems are also costly to operate and maintain. Large cities can have thousands of lamp posts around sidewalks, roads, parking lots and public transport stations. A combination of solar and sensor technology, as well as connected networks offer an automated approach to street lighting operations and maintenance.

    Automating LED Street Lights

    In order to maximize energy consumption, solar LED street lights as well as work lights must be strategically operated to only turn on during specific times of the day or night. One option would be to install day/night sensors, which would allow the system to automatically detect the amount of ambient light available in the environment. Alternatively, cities may implement timers or specific time-based controls to prevent activation during day-time cloudy conditions.

    Robust monitoring requires autonomous street lights to be connected to a smart network. This allows an operator to manage a group of LED street lights from a remote location. With such protocols in place, human workers no longer need to physically inspect every street lamp in the area. Sensors around the solar LED street lamps monitor and notify remote operators about downtimes, damage and the real-time status of the units.

    Maximizing PV Panel Designs

    Solar-powered LED street lights must incorporate certain designs, in order to promote reliability. Panels are typically located at the top of the pole, with a defined angle for maximum exposure to sunlight. Some units may come with solar trackers for optimized and automated tilting.

    Sturdy enclosures are needed for durability against outdoor elements, such as rain, dirt and corrosion. An enclosure may also house essential components of the solar street light, including the battery, battery charger, LED driver, wiring and etc.…