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5 Benefits of Solar Tower Lights for Utilities

Solar LED tower lights aren’t just for locations where grid power is lacking. Flash Technology has seen a solar-powered lighting trend among our utility customers to circumvent logistical challenges involved in marking telecom and transmission towers. Below we’ll highlight the 5 key benefits that our customers realized by employing solar obstruction light solutions.


1. Independent Power


Whether connected to the grid or a solar power supply (SPS), Flash Technology’s lighting systems perform consistently and reliably. However, with our solar powered obstruction lights, your team won’t need to dig extensive trenches, cut through existing infrastructure or tie in to your grid. Nor will they need to employ step-down transformers from high-voltage transmission tower lines to power AC aviation obstruction lights.


2. Simpler Installation


Running AC power to challenging terrain or remote locations, such as a catenary water crossing, consumes considerable time and financial resources. Solar tower lighting systems afford utility providers simple systems with considerable flexibility, allowing them to deploy lighting solutions with increased agility and lower cost.


3. Autonomy


Autonomy refers to how long the lights will last if all solar charging is removed. Per FAA Engineering Brief 76, a minimum of 7 days of autonomy is required for all solar lighting applications. A light with 7 days of autonomy would remain lit for 7 consecutive nights if there is no sunlight or charging during that time.


Our utility customers sometimes require greater autonomy than what the FAA prescribes. Flash’s lighting experts understand the interplay between local geography and available solar radiation as seasons change. They size the solar power plant to match the customer’s needs for the site. This ensures the lights will operate reliably in the site’s most extreme environmental conditions. Flash can also integrate the solar power plant with the lights and supply it as a turnkey system.


4. Monitoring Capabilities


FCC monitoring requirements apply to all structures in the FAA’s airspace, not just antennas! An aviation obstruction light failure on a transmission tower or smokestack requires a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) just like telecom towers and other antenna structures.


Depending on your site’s specific needs, Flash offers SNMP and wireless monitoring options for several solar powered obstruction light systems, and 24/7/365 monitoring services are available. The same SPS designed for the site can also power the monitoring device.


5. Industry-Leading Support


Flash Technology marries our entrepreneurial spirit with 50 years of experience in developing durable, cost-effective lighting solutions to meet today’s infrastructural challenges. Not only does SPX Corporation promote our steadfast commitment to customers as a corporate value, they also provide access to a range of technologies via our sister divisions, which enhances our global capabilities.


This customer-centric approach ensures we develop reliable solutions that solve business needs while meeting your high standards.


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Harness the sun’s energy and simplify your logistics with Flash’s solar tower lights. Let us help your utility discover the benefits of solar tower lights!