Coming to a city and street near you are new, easy-to-install solar powered streetlamps. The new street lights by Luna Eye are lightweight and compact so they ship easily, plus you can put them on an existing pole. Install them during the day, and you’re ready to go by the time the sun goes down.
The units themselves can be clamped onto an existing pole, so no need for additional holes to be dug or poles to be sunk. Plus they use LED lights to optimize efficiency, a high-capacity lithium-ion battery for storage and the entire unit (panels, inverter, batteries, etc) are all contained in one unit so you don’t have to deal with adding cables or installing additional boxes or components.
One interesting feature - the Luna Eye system dims and illuminates depending on whether someone is around or not. If there is movement, the infrared will sense it and increase illumination, otherwise the lights stay at a lower lighting level. You can also choose between a one-lamp and two-lamp system depending on how much output you need. Though the installation height is at roughly 9′ which seems a little low for streets that are heavily traveled or streets that have kids hitting balls into the air. In addition, for streets with heavy traffic, the lights will only last about 6 hours but can last up to 16 hours if the dim setting is used.
This clearly isn’t a new technology, solar-powered street lighting has been around for a few years. The good thing about adding solar powered street lights though is that this provides power for a basic safety need that runs when most of us are asleep and wouldn’t even notice. So it’s great that we can get “free” power for something that we might not even notice. For cities looking to cut back on costs, this is something that does require an upfront cost and then essentially provides free power to the neighborhood.
Luna Road Lights, the company that makes the Luna Eyes, specializes in eco-friendly lighting for urban and rural applications. You can customize your lights with different colors, with reflective surfaces, and even alter light intensity. They also offer solar applications for your backyard and home use. Visit their site.