• How Much Do Solar Street Lights Cost?

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Different Types of Solar Street Lights and Their Prices

There’s a multitude of solar street light variants available on the market, each differing in design, specifications, and price. Let’s explore three main types: Split type solar street light, All in one solar street light, and Auto-clean solar street light. How Solar Street Light price varies?

Solar Street Light TypesPrice Range
Split Type Solar Street Light$50-$800
All In One Solar Street Light$50-$800
Auto-clean Solar Street Light$300-1000
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Split Type Solar Street Light

Split type solar street lights are the traditional model, where the solar panel, battery, and the LED light are housed separately. This type of light is versatile and can be used in a variety of settings.

Features:

  • Solar Panel: High-efficiency monocrystalline silicon
  • Battery: Deep cycle gel batterywith waterproof external Battery box.
  • LED Light: High lumen output LED
  • Controller: Intelligent light and time control
  • Installation: need underground or overhead service

Price: Split type solar street light price typically range from $50 to $800 per unit, depending on the specifications and the brand.

All-In-One Solar Street Light

All in one solar street lights are a modern and compact solution where all components are integrated into a single unit. This type of solar street light is ideal for urban areas and places where installation space is remote limited. Easy to ship and install.

Features:

  • Solar Panel: High-efficiency monocrystalline silicon
  • Battery: Lithium-ion or Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) battery
  • LED Light: High lumen output LED
  • Controller: Intelligent light and time control, integrated with battery
  • Installation: No need underground or overhead service

Price: All in one solar street lights price are generally priced between $50 and $800 per unit, depending on the specifications and the brand.

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Auto-Clean Solar Street Light

Auto-clean solar street lights are a step up from the all in one type, incorporating an automatic cleaning system for the solar panel. This feature ensures optimal performance by preventing dust or snow accumulation on the solar panel, especially useful in dusty or snowy regions.

Features:

  • Solar Panel: High-efficiency monocrystalline silicon with auto-cleaning feature
  • Battery: Lithium-ion or Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) battery
  • LED Light: High lumen output LED
  • Controller: Intelligent light and time control, integrated with battery
  • Installation: Easy due to single unit design

Price: The advanced features of auto-clean solar street lights make them a bit pricier, typically auto-clean solar street light price ranging from $300 to $1000 per unit, depending on the specifications and the brand.

WHAT MAKES SOLAR STREET LIGHT PRICES SO MUCH DIFFERENT?

Luxman’s new clients often ask why our solar street lights, while similar in appearance and specifications to competitors’, are priced much higher.

Let us analyze why products with comparable wattages (or lumens) can vary greatly in cost.  For example, a 6000 lumen solar street light on Amazon is quoted at USD$68. Meanwhile, Luxman’s most affordable 6000 lumen option, the MP Series Solar Street Light, starts at USD$212. Why such a large difference?

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Answering this question requires diving deep into the specification, manufacturing process, materials used, design features and overall functionality of solar street lights.

SPECIFICATION

ItemsAmazon ProductLuxman Solar Light
Wattage60W60W
Nominal System Lumens6000lm6000lm
True lumen System (based on battery and solar panel capacity)300-500lm6000lm
Solar panel6V/9W/ MONO18V 64W
Monocrysta
Continuously operation days1-2days3-5days
Battery3.2v
10AH
lithium battery
12.8V
24AH
LiFePO4
Housing materialPlasticAluminum
Product size‎560* x 190 x 25.4mm881*371*57mm
Warranty1 year3 years
Price$68.00$212.00
From the above analysis, we know that for a solar street light with the same nominal 6000lm, there are many differences as below:

Specification: True or over quote

You can perform some basic calculations based on the specifications provided by your supplier, for example, solar panel size and power, battery capacity, voltage, and lamp size, etc. Especially for project channel requirements, you will need a high quality solar street light product with true specifications. Factory price is secondary, while payback terms would be much more important, especially for government projects.

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Housing: ABS vs. Whole Aluminum Material

Solar street light housings play an integral part in their durability and performance, acting as the first line of defense against harsh elements and providing shelter from weather damage. There are two common materials used for solar street light housings – Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) or whole aluminum.

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ABS plastic is lightweight and weather-proof, ideal for solar street lights due to its lightness, rigidity and lower cost than aluminum counterparts. ABS housings may be less costly due to this lower material cost but may not last as long due to not being as durable or heat resistant compared to their aluminum counterparts resulting in shorter lifespans.

Aluminum housings tend to be more costly due to their superior durability and heat dissipation properties, making them an excellent long-term investment that withstands weather extremes and corrosion while offering improved heat dissipation for LED lights and internal components.

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Battery: Second-Hand vs. Brand New

One key component in the cost of solar street lights is their battery. A battery stores solar energy converted by photovoltaic cells for use when sunlight is unavailable – such as at nighttime or cloudy days – while providing storage capabilities when sunlight is no longer present. There are two primary choices when selecting batteries for storing this solar energy: second-hand and brand new models.

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Second-hand batteries are usually recycled or reconditioned batteries from electric cars that have been offered at reduced prices. While second-hand batteries might seem cost-effective in comparison with brand new ones, their efficiency, reliability, or lifespan may not match up as effectively.

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Brand new batteries may be more costly, but their optimal performance and lifespan make them worthwhile investments. Utilizing cutting edge technology, these batteries store and discharge energy efficiently – essential components in solar street lighting applications.

Warranty

You can perform some basic calculations based on the specifications provided by your supplier, for example, solar panel size and power, battery capacity, voltage, and lamp size, etc. Especially for project channel requirements, you will need a high quality solar street light product with true specifications. Factory price is secondary, while payback terms would be much more important, especially for government projects.

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Why Choose LiFePO4 Battery for Solar Lights?

Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries have become the go-to choice among brand new solar battery technology for several compelling reasons despite their higher prices:

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Long Lifespan

LiFePO4 batteries offer long lifespan compared to traditional lead-acid or lithium-ion batteries, making them more cost-effective solutions in the long run.

02
Stability

LiFePO4 batteries are widely renowned for their superior thermal and chemical stability, offering an ideal way to minimize overheating or leakage risks. At the same time, their high charge/discharge efficiency enables the most efficient use of solar energy captured.

03
Environment Impact

LiFePO4 batteries are more eco-friendly than many other battery types due to their non-toxic composition and recyclable features.

How to Choose Cost-Effective Solar Street Lights for Your Project?

Now that you’re aware of the different types and price factors of solar street lights, how do you choose the most cost-effective option for your project? Here are some considerations:

Understanding Real Watts

Some manufacturers will claim they do not manufacture real watt solar street lights because there are no formulized industry standards. Therefore, it’s essential that one understands the concept of “real watts”, which refers to actual energy consumed by lighting devices, unlike equivalent watts which compare brightness of different light sources.

Instead of considering watts when selecting solar street lights, lumens provide more appropriate measurements or ground lux levels. When shopping for these products it is advisable to seek products with accurate lumen total information as this will give a more accurate overview of its performance and energy consumption, enabling more informed decisions to be made about your purchase.

High-Quality Key Points Components

Solar streetlight performance and lifespan depend heavily on the quality of its key components – the battery, housing, and controller.

Battery

As previously discussed, investing in high-quality LiFePO4 batteries can greatly increase both performance and longevity of solar street lights.

Housing

When selecting housing materials, look for durable options such as whole aluminum that can withstand adverse weather conditions and provide superior heat dissipation – this will extend the lifespan of internal components and keep costs down.

Controller

The controller is the brain of your solar street light. It manages the power flow between the solar panel, battery, and the light. A high-quality controller will efficiently manage this power flow, reducing energy wastage and prolonging the battery life.

Conclusion

Investing in all in one solar street lights is not just about illuminating our streets; it’s a step towards a sustainable future. These self-contained, energy-efficient lights are revolutionizing urban landscapes worldwide. Although the upfront cost might seem high, the long-term benefits in terms of energy savings, reduced maintenance, and environmental impact far outweigh the initial investment.

So, when you consider the cost of all in one solar street lights, think beyond solar street light price tag. Think about the value it brings to your project and the planet.

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About LUXMAN

Shenzhen Luxman Light Co., Ltd.(LUXMAN), which was established in 2010, is focusing on the green energy product R & D, outdoor solar lights production, and sales of outdoor low carbon energy products. LUXMAN Solar Street Light Factory boasts a standard solar street light production line, import, and export priority, and the expertise of the management, development, manufacturing, and marketing team.

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