FAQ

ABOUT OUR SOLAR STREET LIGHTS

What information do I need to provide when ordering solar lights that are customised to suit my needs?

  1. What are the sunshine hours per day and/or the city where the solar lights will be installed?
  2. How many days are the raining seasons where the lights will be installed?
  3. The brightness of the LED lamp (60 Watt for example).
  4. The intended operational hours of the solar light per day (10 hours for example).
  5. The height of the poles and the width of the road.
  6. It is recommended that images of the installation locations are provided.

Do I have to charge the batteries?

The rechargeable batteries store the electricity from the solar panel during the day and provide energy to the fixture during the night. The life cycle of the battery is very important for the lifetime of the solar street light and the capacity of the battery which will affect the backup days of the lights.

What is the typical maintenance schedule for a solar lighting system?

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

How does the light know when to turn off?

All Otfrid solar street lights have an inbuilt smart light feature. With this feature comes sensors that enable the solar lights to stay off during the day and turn on at night, an added benefit is the motion sensor in which projected light only intensifies when an individual is walking underneath, making the solar lights more energy efficient. 

Product Lifespan Specifications

  • LED Light: Minimum 50.000 hours lifespan.
  • Battery: 5-7 years lifespan. Minimum 8 years by ordinary usage.
  • Pole solar panel bracket and all the metal parts: up to 10 years lifespan.

ABOUT OUR SOLAR FOLDING PANELS

Will Hail Damage my Solar Panel?

Small hail will not be a problem for the factory hardened and tested glass of the solar panels. However, the panels may still be prone to damage from larger projectiles.

Where do I face my Solar Panel to optimize power generation?

The Solar panels should be placed in full range of the sun and perpendicular to that of its rays. If you are unable to move your Solar Panels your best option is to position them facing north at a 45 degrees angle.

Will dirty glass on the solar panel reduce its power generation?

YES. It is important to keep the panels clean from any substances that will cover the glass including; bird droppings and dust. The panels must be cleaned with a soft, moist cloth.

What can I run with my Solar Panel?

Appliances will be run from the battery that is connected to your Solar Panel and not directly from the panel itself. The amount of power you Solar Panel can generate is dependant on the size of the Solar Panel and the amount of sunlight it is exposed to. If you intend to have appliances running continuously from your battery you must ensure that the level of power being generated by your Solar Panel is greater than the power consumption of your appliances.

Will my Solar Panel still be able to generate power on a cloudy day?

Yes however, the Solar Panel’s capacity of power generation will be decreased.

I have my own Regulator can I bypass the controller on the panel?

YES. Simply disconnect the plug between the controller and the black box on the back of the Solar Panel. Connect your charging lead into the small black box on the back of the Solar Panel. (Remember, this power will not be regulated and should not be connected directly to the battery without first going through a regulator.