A Division of Hunter Knepshield

 

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DOES SOLAR POWER WORK?

In principal, it's simple.  A solar panel converts light to electricity.  During daylight, even on cloudy days, this "solar generator" (solar panel) charges long-life batteries, which store the energy until needed.  Thus, the energy of the sun is harnessed to produce power.

 

HOW DEPENDABLE IS SOLAR POWERED LIGHTING?

Very dependable.  For one thing, it's never too cloudy to collect solar energy.  In fact, if there's enough sunlight to see reasonably well, there enough to collect and store energy - even if it's raining.  Solar systems can store enough energy to operate five or more consecutive days without sun.

 

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY APPLICATION IS VIABLE?

  • Common Sense - Avoid Shaded Areas.  Solar panels need the sun.  In heavily shaded areas, solar arrays can be mounted remotely to gain access to sun.  Be sure there is a clear southern sun exposure.
  • Check any lighting level requirements.
  • Evaluate required operation time(s).  The longer a light needs to stay on, the larger the system, and subsequently the more expensive it is.
  • Determine reliability / security issues.  If security lighting is critical, our full dusk to dawn is calculated on your longest night in December.
 

HOW DOES THE LIGHT KNOW WHEN TO TURN ON AND OFF?

The solar controller senses when to turn the light ON using voltage readings from the solar panel array.   To turn OFF it also has an internal timer pre-set for a specific number of hours or in the case of a dusk to dawn setting, it will use the voltage readings from the solar panel array.

 

WHAT IS THE TYPICAL MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE FOR A SOLAR LIGHTING SYSTEM?

There is no regular maintenance required for a solar lighting system.  However, it is helpful to keep the solar panels clean, especially in a dusty climate.

 

HOW LONG DOES THE BATTERY LAST?

Under normal conditions, batteries should last 4-6 years with minimum weather issues.

 


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