Solar Beacon for Lawn Lighthouses
Designed by the "Lighthouse Man" Please note "The Lighthouse Man" has exclusive sales rights for this item. No one else can sell this solar light except for our distributors. Do not be fooled and purchase the solar lights that are made in Canada. Please check out our comparison chart below for important information.
- Solar Beacon
- Solar Comparison Chart
- Beacon Instructions
Solar Fresnel Beacon For Lawn Lighthouses
Solar Powered Fresnel Beacon:
1) Runs on sunlight, No pesky electrical cords. 2) Extremely Rugged, virtually indestructible. 3) Five year maintenance-free: No bulbs to replace... Ever. 4) Automatically turns on at dusk and off at dawn. 5) Runs for 14 days without any solar charging .6) Flashes 18 times per minute. 6 high intensity LED Bulbs with reflector.
Comparison Chart of Lighthouse Solar Lights
Higher Priced Solar Light by Carmanah (Canada)
our competitors product
|Pathway Solar Lights|
|Brightness of Light:||Equivalent to a 10 watt bulb||Equivalent to a 3 watt bulb||Very dim light, not even 1/2 watt|
|High Intensity LED bulbs||6 LED lights with one large reflector to increase the light output||4 LED lights with NO reflector||No High Intensity LED or just 1 LED used.|
|We only use a premium high quality Metal Hydride battery. Advantages are it has a Stronger life, and stronger power output.||Use a less expensive Gel Cell Battery.||Uses common rechargeable AAA Batteries.|
|Most Important Question??
Can the battery be replaced when it weakens or dies???
|Yes, our battery can be replaced easily.||
* Important Please Read*
NO, you can never change the battery because it is built inside the unit. So when your 10.00 battery dies you are now throwing away a $275.00 unit.
|Yes, But you will be changing your batteries often.|
|Certified by the US Coast Guard||Yes||NO||NO|
|On/Off Switch||Located on the bottom of the unit, by connecting one Brass tab to the terminal.||Located on the bottom of unit. Must remove a small magnet for the unit to operate. If you loose the magnet you can never turn it off.||Some units vary?|
|Battery Power||Will last 14-18 days without a charge. We have personally tested them and we have gone as much as 20 days without one single charge. That is what a Metal Hydride battery can do.||They say Approximately 10 -14 days without a charge. I admit I never had them work that long for me without a charge.||Most cases they do not even last the night.|
|Price||Your Price would be a low $160.00. no additional mark up fees.||The American supplier is located in OH and they are have sole sole sales rights in the US. So think about it. They have to purchase large quantities from Canada and pay for the international shipping so there wholesale price is very high. Thus the distributors raise the price to make there profit. So now your looking at anywhere from 180.00 to 255.00.||$18.00 - $55.00|
Fresnel Solar Beacon
Information and instructions
How The Lighthouse Man Solar Beacon works: At dusk, the solar beacon is "activated" and it will be discharging its batteries while emitting light output. At dawn, it will turn off, and its solar panels will begin to recharge its batteries. Sunny days will result in the batteries recovering more energy than was expended the night before. On days with little or no sun (due to cloud cover, rain, or fog), the beacon may only recover a partial recharge, and thus there will be a power deficit from the night before. THIS IS NOT A CONCERN. The solar beacon has an excellent storage capacity and are designed so they do not require sunlight every day.
With a fully charged battery, the solar beacon can operate for up to 150 hours without recharging. For example, if we assume there is thirteen hours from dusk to dawn, the unit is "on" and the battery discharging for ten hours out of a 24-hour day. The unit will therefore last 11.5 days (150 hours / 13 hours per day) without any sunlight for recharging. When nights are longer (i.e.: 16 hours), the unit will last fewer days without recharging (i.e.: approximately 10 days).
For the solar beacon to continue operating perfectly, it must recharge at least partially before the 150 hour buffer is completely discharged. However, this recharging can be spread over the 150 hour (11.5 day) discharge time. Consequently, the unit can go several days without any sunlight and then receive very little and still continue operating.
Despite the power storage capacity of my solar beacon, it is still important to consider three factors when finding a location for the unit and or lighthouse:
1) Average daylight: Local weather conditions determine the amount of sunlight an area receives each year. Areas with, on average, at least 1.5 hours of sunlight per day or more (including the winter months) have adequate sunlight for my solar beacon. Most of the world receives this minimum. The measurement to determine average daylight can be obtained from your local weather office.
2) Shade: Even the sunniest locations will not be adequate for proper installation if the beacon will be in the shade for most the day. It is important to ensure the unit will not be in the shade at least during midday.
3) Winter: During the winter season, the sun is lower on the horizon. This has two potential effects. First, obstructions such as trees, buildings, and mountains that do not shade the beacon during the summer may come to shade it during the winter. Second, for locations beyond 50° latitude north or south, winter causes significantly shorter days and longer nights. This may result in the unit not having sufficient recharging time during the shorter days.
Suitable temperature: The temperature of the batteries in the beacon during recharging/discharging affects the life-span of its rechargeable battery power system, and consequently the overall life-span of the unit. Although the unit can operate normally between the temperatures of -40° C (-40° F) and 80° C (176° F), its expected life-span may be reduced when the ambient temperatures are consistently higher than 25° C (77° F) during recharging/discharging.
Although the beacon will operate most effectively in moderate areas, it can certainly function in areas with ambient temperatures over 25° C (77° F). A key factor will be that the unit is not usually charging/discharging during the warmest part of the day. Unlike colder areas, hot areas generally tend to have many hours of daylight, which allows the unit to fully recharge every day. Since the unit does not need as much time to recharge, it will fully charge
and kick out of the recharging mode before the ambient temperature is too high.
Kevin's Custom Crafts aka "The Lighthouse Man"
340 Hoffa Mill Road, Lewisburg, PA 17837