As the world gears up for global warming and sustainable living, the popularity of solar powered lighting will only increase. Many governments have started to get involved and even offer subsidies in some parts of the world to consumers who are interested in buying solar powered lighting. There has been significant development in the field of LED lighting technologies and photovoltaic.
There are many advantages of using solar powered lighting, instead, of just the financial advantages. They are highly efficient and great for the environment. There are two different types of solar powered lights which are mostly in use. All-in-one solar street light and the split type solar street light are both unique and it is important to know about their differences, so let’s at the advantages and disadvantages.
An All-in-one solar street light requires a lithium-ion battery, whereas, a split type solar street light would require a lead acid battery. Level A standard lithium batteries are normally utilized at home by lamps. The battery is 100 % efficient in both discharge and charge. The lifespan of lithium batteries isn’t just 5 times longer as compared to lead acid batteries; it even has charging depth protection. Thus, it leads to a longer lifespan which could be up to 8 years.
The lithium battery in general delivers a higher-quality performance and comes in package which is safer, lighter, smaller and more durable. Furthermore, it can be agreed that the lithium battery is environment-friendly due to the fact that it uses cleaner technology.
When we look at the prices of both, all-in-one solar street lights and split type solar street lights; the latter costs forty to sixty percent more.
Another important component which needs to be compared between the two solar powered lights is installation. Now, the speed of installation completely depends on the installation costs of the project.
Let’s look at how all-in-one solar street lights are installed. They are relatively easy to install. The box contains the battery, lamp, LED, controller and smart sensor. All, one has to do is set these up onto the old or new poles, and it’s also possible to set them up on walls. It can be installed in an hour or less and is much cheaper.
Whereas, if you want to install a split type solar street light, you would need to first dig up a pit to place the pole including the battery box. Next, the solar panels can be set up. After this, one would need to rewire the entire system so that it starts to work. Normally, the installation process should take 1 ½ hour to complete.
Finally, we look at the maintenance requirements and costs between the two solar powered lights. If the all-in-one solar street lights require any maintenance, it would be sent to the factory.
While, for the maintenance of split type solar street lights, one would need to contact the manufacturer and get a technician for repairs. Hence, it is more costly as compared to all-in-one solar street lights.
It is obvious why people would choose all-in-one solar street lights instead of split type solar street lights. They are more affordable, easy to install, are durable and cost less for repair.