Why solar street lighting?
Solar street lights have advanced incredibly in the last 7-8 years, led by the GFS R&D facilities in Australia, the USA and the UK. The advances in Solar street lighting technology means that customers can reliably power high or low powered solar street lighting in any weather condition anywhere on the globe. It’s the perfect alternative to mains powered lighting giving the same lighting outputs and reliability.
Green Frog Systems is a global leader pioneering the self install kits. No matter how big our lights are and what they are powering, no special skill is required – anyone can install a GFS solar street light due to its acclaimed Plug and Play technology.
Reasons you may be considering solar street lights:
- The cost received for mains powered lighting systems is incredibly high – Solar lighting is very cost competitive
- You require a lighting system quickly for safety or security reasons where there no power available
- You have a strong desire to offset its carbon output or to go green
- The cost of repairing an existing mains powered light is too expensive due to damaged cabling, or broken conduits
- You require a certified solar street light product
- You prefer a quality Australian designed product
Green Frog Systems is passionate about shaping the future of smart communities through the delivery of world-class sustainable technologies. Our product line has been purpose built to maximise the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy, to ultimately keep our environment and communities safe.
What are solar street lights?
A Solar Street light generates its own electricity during the day, stores this energy in a battery and then discharges this battery into our solar LED light fixture.
This cycle repeats itself every day to create a stand alone solar light that is environmentally friendly and cost effective. GFS is a market leader in the design of these lights that has seen massive technological advances in the last 10+ years. This means that in most cases a Solar street light can run reliably all year round and can in some cases give 100% up-time just like (or better than) a main powered street light.
GFS has been developing the individual components for over 9 years to make highly reliable Street lighting networks all over the world. We are considered a global market leader in high reliability solar street lighting.
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Solar street light operation
Solar street lights harvest sunlight during the daytime, convert it into electrical energy that is stored in a battery. At dusk (once sunlight is no longer available) the solar street light will begin it’s preset operating mode by turning on and running from the power that was stored during the day. This cycle will continue until the sun rises at dawn.
The 5 main components of a solar street light:
Solar street lights are powered by solar panels fixed to the top of a pole or are integrated into the light fitting. GFS is a leader in designing its own solar panels from its R&D center in Australia.
We use our own designed GEL, Li-ion and latest design LiFePO4 with advanced cell balancing technology designed in Australia. These batteries are either stored inside the light fitting, on a pole or within the pole depending on the type of Solar street light used.
At night our smart solar controllers turn on the light at dusk where the stored electrical energy in the battery powers the light either all night or by user defined parameters (dimming etc). These controllers also regulate the power to charge the battery during the day and control the power to our highly efficient LED light fixtures.
Our LED fixtures use advanced LED chips sourced from the USA coupled with advanced LED optics developed by GFS and partners in Europe. This means we can give the same light output as mains powered lighting networks using less power – Thus making our systems more reliable than other Solar Street Light manufacturers.
Depending on the model of GFS Solar street light they either come with a pole or a customer can supply their own pole or wall mount the system. Some of our products are made to high standards and are designed and certified for tropical cyclone category (Region D). Depending on the model our batteries are mounted inside the pole (GFS-200, GFS-400) at the base, high mounted in the battery box (GFS-200, GFS-400-KT) , or within the pole (GFS-Aspire family).
What to look for in a solar street light:
In the last 3-4 years many cheap, poorly manufactured products have come into the market offering wild claims of lighting performance and warranty. This typically leaves our clients with a bad experience of solar lighting that can be easily addressed by asking about the following:
Ask for the specific details of the battery warranty and performance warranty info – Some only warrant if the battery completely fails, where most batteries never fail totally they just degrade to the point of only turning on for a few minutes.
This is the biggest issue facing the industry with many cheap vendors making wild claims on performance to last all night and battery autonomy.
Ask your agent or manufacturer for the detailed specifications of the solar light being used. If unsure contact GFS and we can input the data into our specialist software to map its performance against known irradiation data from NASA and others.
Our expert team assists with the design and implementation of your solar light.
Advantages of Green Frog Systems’ Solar Street Lights:
- Tried and tested in Australia to meet some of the harshest conditions on the planet
- Offers an environmentally friendly, off-grid solution for outdoor lighting
- Save on energy and installation costs
- Illuminate any outdoor area without electricians or trenching costs
- Engineered for simplicity in an easy to assemble kit form
- Our team has detailed planning and consulting services to help you determine the right solar light for the right purpose
- 24×7 phone support from our Australian call centres
- At GFS we have some of the brightest minds working in our Australian support centers.
- We can design and build custom solutions depending on clients needs
Who we work with
Green Frog Systems work with a wide range of clients and organisations across many sectors including Council, Government, Civil Construction and Engineering. We have nearly a decade of experience designing and manufacturing solar powered lighting and energy storage technology within these market segments. Green Frog Systems are pioneers in solar technology and can make your next project seamless from start to finish with our comprehensive range of services.
We can assist you with appropriate lighting standards, project specifications and help you select the right options for the application, ensuring you receive the best possible outcome.
We offer comprehensive design and engineering services for all types of solar lighting systems and can assist you with solar energy storage options for remote and off-grid applications.