At Carmanah, we have used our 20-plus years of experience to perfect our flashing beacons, which are available in both solar and AC versions. Solar-powered traffic beacons have fast become the preferred choice for crosswalks, school zones, and warning signs, but there are times when AC-powered systems make sense.
When would I choose AC vs DC solar power—or vice versa?
Solar and AC are both viable power supplies for flashing beacons, but sometimes, one may be more practical, cost-effective, or efficient in a given location. Anything from shading to intensity requirements to beacon usage to distance from the power grid will affect which solution is best for a given project. Here are a few reasons you might choose one or the other.
Top 3 reasons to choose AC power systems
AC power is readily available:
Location is heavily shaded:
Location, application, or conditions dictate AC requirement:
What’s an Solar Power Report (SPR)?
No matter where you install your digital advisory speed sign or crosswalk beacon, we can run a comprehensive site assessment to confirm the best solar-powered solution for your project. We run a field-proven software simulation to create an Solar Power Report™ to show you how we did it. Best of all? It’s free, and we can have it ready in under an hour.
We put solar to work™—let’s get started
Every project is different. Contact us today and we’ll walk through your project specs together to find the best solution—whether solar or AC—for your location and application.