EnGoPlanet Solar Street Light vs Traditional Street Light
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The only thing EnGoPlanet Solar Street light has in common with Traditional street light is that both provide some form of light. There are many differences between them which we will cover below.
Round 1: Impact on the environment
Standard street lights uses grid power that is typically generated from nonrenewable energy sources. The power produces CO2 that is harmful to the environment and the sources of the energy can never be replenished. The lights also typically use metal halide or high pressure sodium lamps which contain mercury which is toxic to the environment. They also need to be changed at regular intervals since the lamp lasts from 6,000 hours to 12,000 hours. Current street lights release more than 100 million tons of CO2 in just one year.
EnGoPlanet Solar street lights use power from one of the most prominent renewable energy sources; the sun. In addition they can combine kinetic energy via kinetic energy tiles which harvest energy from pedestrians’ footsteps.
Our solutions provide even better and brighter lighting than a standard electrical light, but they do not produce harmful CO2 and the energy used at night is replenished every day. Best of all, EnGoPlanet Solar Street Light LED fixtures do not contain mercury and have a much longer life span than any lamp on the market today.
Round 2: Utility
Traditional street lights provide just one function: lighting. On the other hand EnGoPlanet Solar Street light represents a multi-functional unit that besides lighting will provide many other useful features such as a Charging Station for mobile phones, WiFi Hot Spot, Bench etc. Also, this solution has many smart sensors that capture and transmit valuable real time data. In order to manage cities, city officials have to have reliable and real-time data on whats happening on the streets. All captured data can be seen in the real time over our proprietary software EnGoPlanet Manager.
Round 3: Visibility
Metal halide and high pressure sodium lamps provide a much lower CRI (color rendering index) and does not provide the type of lighting our eyes require to distinguish colors. The light tends to be more yellow and difficult to see with. Metal halide lamps provide a standard CRI of 60 and high pressure sodium lamps have a CRI of 25. The sun has a CRI of 100 which is why we can see shapes and colors so well during the day.
Street lights using LED fixtures and solar power have a standard CRI of 66, but LED’s can be colored to match just about any CRI. They provide better visibility at night by being closest to sunlight provided by a high powered lamp. The LEDs can also be task specific directed with multiple distribution patterns available. This allows for less light pollution into surrounding areas and increased efficiency where the light is needed.
Round 4: Cost
Standard electrical street lights are much cheaper for initial purchase, but if you add up all the underlying costs over time, they tend to be much more expensive. A typical high pressure sodium street light cost about $1,350.00 for the pole, fixture, and mounting bracket, but installation costs for setting the pole and running the electrical wire from the pole to transformer can cost upwards of $4,550.00 and that doesn’t even include the first months’ electric bill. With today’s rates cost just for energy bills will be over $5,500.00-$6,000 over the course of 25 years per light.
EnGoPlanet Solar street lights costs anywhere from $2,850.00 to $6,000.00 depending on the needs of the system. Installation is very simple and affordable. Since it is not connected to the grid, it does not require expensive and long construction works. Initial investment saves 25 years of electrical costs and doesn’t require difficult and costly installation. The system costs all upfront costs of standard electrical lights and pretty much nothing else; the power is free! Not to mention all other benefits that EnGoPlanet solar street light provides.
After looking at all the positive aspects of using EnGoPlanet solar street light versus a standard electrical street light, it is clear who the winner is. EnGoPlanet Solar lights provide a better environment, increase visibility, and save money on electrical, installation and maintenance costs.
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