In Depth Comparison: Solar Street Light VS. Traditional Street Light
What is the difference between traditional and Solar street light Prices? Clodesun will analyze the cost of the two types of street lights clearly this time. In order to solve this problem, our company’s senior engineering team collected various aspects of knowledge to analyze the cost of traditional street lighting systems and solar street lights.
If you do a quick research of the market, you will find that because the US government and world leaders are promoting renewable energy, solar street lights have rapidly become popular and grow rapidly in the past 7 years. More and more countries now advocate the use of solar renewable energy for lighting instead of traditional lighting.
Following is the analysis of the cost of the two types of street lights.
What is the price of traditional street lights?
Traditional street lighting obtains electricity by connecting to a standard power grid. The average cost of traditional street lamps (including lighting fixtures, poles, and lamp holders) is $120 per lamp. Although the cost of lamps is lower, traditional street lights need to be connected to the grid, which requires slotting and underground wiring. If added the labor costs for trenching and wiring are, the cost per meter for consumers in this process is about US$40.
Then, the average cost of traditional lighting slotting and connection will be about 3,200 US dollars, which is much higher than the price of solar streetlights. Moreover, traditional solar street lights are not energy-saving. You can imagine how much coal is consumed for 12 hours a day.
What is the price of solar streetlights?
Solar street lights obtain electricity through the process of solar panels absorbing solar energy, which converts light into usable voltage. Solar street lights (solar panels, batteries, controllers, inverters, lamp heads) require advanced technology, so the price is higher, on average about 330 US dollars per light.
Solar streetlights do not need to be connected to the power grid, they are separated from the main grid system and can be installed in remote locations. So clients can avoid the long and expensive process of slotting and wiring. Therefore, the total cost of the solar street lighting system is greatly reduced.
The price of solar street lights makes customers feel more expensive than traditional street lights initially, but when you carefully study their total cost details. You will find that the biggest difference between the price of traditional lights and solar lights is trenching, installation, maintenance, and electrical bill costs rather than just the cost of street lighting.
When comparing the total cost of traditional street lighting and solar street lighting, it is clear to distinguish who is the winner. Overall, the cost of solar street lights in 5 years is about 4,800 US dollars, while the cost of traditional street lights is as high as 8,800 US dollars, which is due to the cost of trenching and installation.
As above, this is only the cost for one street light. If one project needs to install 100 sets of street lights, and 200 sets of street lights, obviously, solar street lights are more cost-effective.
If there is a road that needs to be installed with a lighting system, will you choose traditional street lights or solar-integrated street lights? If you think that the cost of the product, maybe solar street lights are more expensive, you are wrong. Taking all the costs together, it is obvious that solar lights can win the cost battle of street lights. If you want to learn more about solar streetlights, please follow the Clodesun blog.
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