Below are some of the frequently asked questions regarding solar lighting and off-grid solar power system designs:

Q: Will shade affect the performance of the system?

Each system derives its energy directly from sunlight. Even minimal shading throughout the day can impact the system’s design. 

We highly recommend informing your solar lighting specialist should shading be a concern. This will allow you to discuss discussion about customized design solutions to address shading concerns effectively.

Q: How many hours do the lights stay on at night?

The lighting system’s operation can be customized to align with your preferences. For instance, if the desired operation is from dusk to dawn, the system will activate at dusk and deactivate at dawn, potentially spanning up to 15 hours during the winter months.

Q: Is it possible to install a solar light fixture in place of an old light fixture?

If you plan to replace an existing fixture with a solar counterpart, you need to have a comprehensive assessment carried out by a solar lighting specialist. 

Generally, when power infrastructure is already in place, opting for conventional grid lights tends to be a more cost-effective solution. Nevertheless, there are scenarios where solar alternatives remain a financially viable option.

Q: How can I maintain the system?

Maintenance is only required when a component approaches the end of its lifecycle. The lifespan of each component can vary based on prevailing environmental conditions. 

For example, a solar panel can last for around 30 years while batteries typically last for about 5-7 years.

Keep in mind that the systems are designed with a 10%-30% power margin to accommodate factors like dirt and snow accumulation. If specific environmental conditions are present at the project site, it’s advisable to communicate them to a solar lighting specialist.

Q: Are there any design limitations?

Typically, solar options are presented to offer both cost savings and environmental benefits. However, it’s important to acknowledge that high-wattage fixtures require considerably larger solar panels. 

Generally, solar solutions might not be cost-effective for sustaining light fixture requirements in scenarios such as banks, expansive car lots, or wide six-lane highways.