Solar Street Lighting Systems

Increasingly, solar power is being used for street lighting around the world. The long term power saving, conservation of precious natural resources and elimination of the need for generating additional power are leading to the fast adoption of solar street lighting systems around the world. In a tropical country like India, solar street lighting makes all the more practical sense, given the abundance of solar energy round the year. Verdia technologies is empowering the adoption of solar street lighting systems across the country with the latest solar lighting technologies.

Comparison between solar powered LED street light and conventional lighting:

Brightness of HPS street lighting systems Solar powered LED street lighting system brightness









The above pictures show the difference between HPS and LED luminaries. With similar lux levels, the white LED street light seems brighter due to its higher colour rendering index (CRI) and objects illuminated can be identified clearly. Though HPS produces more lumens, objects are harder to identify because of low CRI. Therefore, LED lights with lower lux levels as HPS can achieve equivalent luminous effect.

Comparison of usable power

Solar Powered Tube Lights

As the diagram above compares the consumption of usable power between HPS and solar powered LED lights. As it indicates, the luminous effect of 120W LED street light (UNISTWF-0001) with about 145W actual power onsumption, equals 250W HPS street light that actually consumes about 290W.

Consumption of copper-core cable

Comparison of copper-core cable consumption by HPS and solar powered LED street lighting systems

A newly constructed 100 km long road in a city may need 1,430 pcs street lights at 35 m intervals mounted on 10 m high double-sided poles, with one lamp on each pole. Using 250W HPS lights (starting current up to 4.54A) and one transformer every 1.5 km, the power cable between lamp posts would be 4 x 35 mm2 copper core cable, priced around USD 15.56/m. The cable inside the poles would be 1 x 4 mm2 costing USD 2.00/m. Using LED street light would only require 4 x 10 mm2 cable between poles at USD 4.00/m, and 1 x 1.5 mm2 cable at USD 0.70/m inside the poles.

Comparison of lifespan and maintenance

Comparison of the lifespan of HPS and solar powered LED street lights

Generally speaking, the life span of an LED lamp is 2.5 times that of HPS lamps. HPS lamps normally need to be replaced every 2 years, while LED lamps are maintenance free for 5 years. This results in reduced maintenance cost.

Intelligent control

LED lamps are driven by PWM, making intelligent control over timing, sound, optical, network, wireless and other controls easy.

Comparison of annual power consumption

Annual Power consumption comparison between HPS and Solar Powered LED street lights

Compared to HPS, a single solar powered LED light saves 550KWH electricity per year. If the electricity cost is 0.1 USD/KWH, it translates into a saving of USD 55.5 per year. At this rate, replacing 10,000 HPS lights in a city with LED will result in an annual saving of USD 555,000, reducing operation costs sharply.

Comparison of investment in copper-core cable

Comparison of investment in copper-core cable between HPS and solar powered LED street lights

Solar powered LED street lights lead to similar savings in terms of investment in copper-core cables. Over 255.2 tonnes of copper can be saved using solar powered LED street lights for a new road. This is nearly 9.775 million RMB or USD 1.44 million. Moreover, LED requires less transformers and construction work. Although the cost of LED street lights is higher than conventional street light, the savings on cost of lamps, copper cable and transformers results in similar or lower construction investment with LED street light solutions, as compared to conventional lighting.

Impact on environment

Impact of HPS and solar powered LED street lights on the environment

Besides the economic benefits, LED street lighting also brings many social benefits. Replacing 10,000 pcs of HPS street lights with LED street lights will result in a saving of 5,550,000KWH of electricity. Less power consumption would result in a reduction of coal consumption, and bring down exhaust emissions such as sullfide and carbide.

Description VTSL
No of LEDs 6 9 12 24 28 32 48 60 90 1 module 28 leds 2 module 28 leds 7 module 28 leds 8 module 28 leds
Power (incl LED driver)
AC Operation 10W 12.6w 16w 34w 40w 45w 68 80w 126w 40w 80 230w 313w
DC Operation 7.2w 10.8w 14w 29w 29w 39w 29w
Flux (LM) 600 900 1200 2400 2800 3200 6000 6000 9000 2800 5600 16800 22400
Weight 1kg 1.2 1.5 2 3 4.5 5 6.5 10 3 6 12 18
Input Voltage AC: 100-240 V; 50-60HZ can be modified to work with DC also
Power Factor >0.93
LED 100 LM/W
IP rating IP 65
Body and lamp material Aluminium Casting
Color Tempratures Cool white (5000K to 6000K) other color temp available
Life time 30,000 to 50,000 hrs
Viewing angle 130o Horizontal and 60o Verticial
Solar Street Light
Solar Panel 40wP 40wP 50wP 90wP 90wP 110wP
Autonomy 2 Days
Battery 12v 30Ah 12v 40Ah 12v 40Ah 12v 75Ah 12v 75Ah 12v 100Ah
Hours or operation/day 12 hrs/Day, Dusk to Dawn
All specification are to the nearest approximation

Write to us to know more about our street lighting systems and how you can benefit from migrating to solar powered LED street lights.