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Why Self-contained Solar Lights Are the Best Lighting Solution for Parks and Recreation Areas?

The purpose of parks and recreation is to provide a safe and healthy environment for the people of the community, to keep the parks open during nights there is a need of illuminating it with lights and a self-contained solar lighting system offers the best solution to that.

The self-contained and self-sufficient solar lighting solutions are ideal for general illumination in the city parks and recreations areas, as solar lights can be utilized anywhere light is needed, without the restriction of where power and how power is available, the possibilities of ensuring proper and renewable lighting to all areas are limitless!

solar lighting systems are a low-maintenance way to improve safety and visibility.

Below are some great ways a self-contained Solar Lights solution can fulfill the power needs.

Natural Parks:

The purpose of the natural parks is to give a real and natural feel to the observer. And to make it safe for the tourists, lighting the park is the utmost priority of the management. Most natural parks like to feature the surrounding areas without minimum disruption, so developing a traditional solution of lighting can cause disruption in the form of trenching and wiring. This would disturb the area greatly and can cause damage to the inhabitants. Another problem with these natural parks is that they are often at remote locations far away from grid stations. So instead of relying on conventional lighting, a solar street lighting system is a great option without disturbing the environment. The only thing to consider while installing this system is to avoid shaded areas as they will prevent the sunlight falling on the solar panels.

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Swimming Pools & Golf Resorts:

Almost in every community, there is a pool, clubhouse, and golf resort available. People tend to use these facilities during weekends or after their work hours which is mostly during nighttime. Keeping these places illuminating is necessary for the management of the community and the solar lighting system is the go-to-solution for these places.

 Walking tracks:

 People tend to walk along the seashore or manmade tracks in the mountains for their entertainment. These areas range from very remote to downtown areas and lighting along the trails is important to keep it safe for the people. Having an off-grid solution like a solar lighting system is the perfect choice for these places since this can be installed anywhere along the trails without the need for wiring and fix power sources. This would provide safety and security to those using the trails during early mornings and late nights.

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Playgrounds:

 One of the most important concerns for people who are bringing their kids to playgrounds is their child safety. The Self-contained Solar Lights system is a great way to illuminate those playing areas to make parents feel safe about their children. By illuminating these areas allow the neighbors, law enforcement people to visually inspect the area at night to ensure safety.

For places where summers are extremely hot and have more sunny days, people tend to stay indoors during the day and only get out when there is dark, and the atmosphere is cool enough. This is usually the situation in the middle east and Asian countries. For these places, the solar lighting system is a great choice as it will keep the parks illuminating during nights without any running cost to the members of the community.

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Dog Parks:

Dog parks are becoming popular in every town around the world. These parks provide a good opportunity to socially interact with people while on a dog walk. Since people take their dogs out before or after their work, it usually becomes dark especially during winters when days are shorter. Providing lighting at dog parks on the trails, parking lots, and entrance provide safety to the people who are out during mornings or late nights.

Hiking tracks

Hiking tracks which are man-made and built-in remote locations are a great place for nature lovers who love hiking in the mountains. Since, these tracks are mostly away from urban areas and have no access to grid stations, the solar lighting system is the only suitable choice here. Without hurting the environment and tracks these can be installed along the trails and can make the track safe for the people. Having a lighting system also helps in getting the attention of tourists and can increase the inflow of people there.

There are so many great and innovative ways for the parks and recreation management to use solar lighting system for the benefits of the community. Installing lighting on pathways, parking lots, around the boundary of the parks are some of the ways solar lighting system can be used. Also, now that the technology has advanced there is an automatic feature available in the solar lighting systems that turn on and off automatically while efficiently maintain the energy balance. The automated features of the solar street lighting make it impressive and economical as compared to the conventional lighting system. There is no need to monitor the time when it should turn. n on and off. So, it removes the need for extra resources

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solar street light power system

How to design and calculate solar street light power system?

We usually analyze various factors affecting the solar street light power system firstly, and then calculate the actual solar street light power system according to the situation. When designing the solar street lamp power system, we generally calculate the daily power generation, storage, and power storage according to the power consumption of the lamp, and finally provide a scientific and reasonable configuration scheme for the user.

The factors that affect the power system.

Width and lanes of the road

When we know the condition of the road, we will know how to determine the pole height and pole distance.

Requirement of lighting

we need to know the requirement of lighting, like ground lux level, then we can calculate the power assumption of LED light, which is mutually determined with the lamp pole.

Operation Hours per day

How many lighting hours per day, whether the user needs half power after midnight?

Sunshine conditions

It depends on the sunshine conditions in the application area, which mainly depends on the annual average sunshine radiation value and the lowest peak sunshine in winter

Average continuous rainy days in this area.

Other conditions, like the highest or lowest environment temperature.

With these conditions, a scientific and reasonable solar power system can be designed.

Calculation of battery configuration of the solar street lamp

 

1: First, calculate the current:

For example 12V battery system; two 30W lamps, 60 watts in total.

Current = 60W ÷ 12V = 5 A

2: Calculate the battery capacity demand:

For example the cumulative lighting time of street lamp every night needs to be 7 hours (H) with full load;

(for example, open at 8:00 p.m., close 1 road at 11:30 p.m., open 2 roads at 4:30 a.m., and close at 5:30 a.m.)

It needs to meet the lighting requirements of 5 consecutive rainy days. (5 days plus the night before the rainy day, 6 days in total)

Battery capacity = 5A × 7h × (5 + 1) days = 5A × 42h = 210 ah

 

In addition, LUXMAN Solar lighting reminds you that in order to prevent overcharge and over-discharge of the battery, the battery is generally charged to about 90% and the discharge remains about 20%. So 210ah is only about 70% of the real standard in the application.

Calculation of solar street lamp solar panel

3: Calculate the peak demand (WP) of the solar panel

The cumulative lighting time of the street lamp every night needs to be 7 hours (H);

★: the average daily effective illumination time of the solar panel is 4.5 hours (H);

At least 20% of the reserved amount for the solar panel needs to be reserved.

WP÷17.4V = (5A × 7h × 120%)÷ 4.5h

WP÷17.4V = 9.33

WP = 162(W)

★: the daily illumination time of 4.5H is the sunshine coefficient near the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River.

In addition, in the solar street lamp module, the line loss, controller loss, the power consumption of sensors, and constant current source are different, which may be about 5% – 25% in practical application. So 162w is only the theoretical value, which needs to be increased according to the actual situation

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