Increased Safety With Solar Driveway Lights
A solar driveway light looks a lot like regular road reflectors found on many highways across the nation. Those little orange bumps that reflect the lights of oncoming traffic and all in two solar street light
provide divider marks between lanes have been upgraded for the 21st century. Recently several new companies have released re-worked versions of these clever inventions, building in solar and LED functionality, providing the opportunity for a host of other applications.
These solar-powered driveway lights collect the rays of the sun during the day, automatically turning on at sunset and off again when the sun rises. Power is generated by small solar panels which is then stored with internal NiMH batteries. Energy storage capacity varies by manufacturers, but most of these clever devices are capable of running for 24 hours on a single charge, mitigating concerns for lack of power on cloudy days.
The LED light visibility differs by manufacturer, ranging anywhere from 400 to 900 yards, depending on the product. Other features include different colors and flashing lights which are good for areas of high safety concern (tight turns, near schools or hospitals, in rainy climates, etc). Mono and bi-directional options are also available, providing illumination in one or two directions.
Weight capacity in these pavement markers has also been taken into account. Like their highway cousins, solar driveway lights can withstand a great deal of pressure, ranging from 20 to 30 tons rolling capacity (meaning as a vehicle rolls over the top of it, as one should never attempt to park a car on one of these devices).
Of course, the biggest advantage to these products are their solar nature. Previously if one wanted to place a driveway light in a road, either batteries or electric lines would be required, proving costly in maintenance and installation. But thanks to the explosion of cheap solar technologies in recent years, all that’s required to install is a special fixative to embed the light in the roa