The City Opts in for NiMH Battery Technology and LoRa Capability
The City of Los Angeles made lighting history as an early mover in LED retrofits. The City of Los Angeles made over 140,000 LED retrofits between 2009 and 2013, with energy savings of $10 million per year.
At the same time, they approved two solar lighting specifications using AGM technology.
The recent approval of Fonroche Lighting America‘s new solar lighting specification addresses the challenges of early solar lighting systems. AGM-based systems have a much shorter battery life than Fonroche’s NiMH battery systems. Older systems delivered, at most five years of battery life. The Fonroche SmartLight delivers a battery life of 10-12 years. The system also addresses battery theft and vandalism with its unique mounting assembly. Further, SmartLights are LoRa-enabled for wireless communications.
The city uses solar street lighting to save money by avoiding trenching and wiring costs. It also eliminates the threat of copper wire theft. In 2021, copper-wire theft cost the City of Los Angeles $3.9 million and left communities in the dark until the city could make repairs.
Hocine Benaoum, CEO, commented, “Fonroche Lighting America has installed over 150,000 SmartLight solar lighting systems worldwide. We look forward to working with the Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting to make similar inroads in Los Angeles and the rest of the United States.”