We supplied solar-powered street lights to the Ditloung Community.
Ditloung is a small community situated in the Northern Cape Province near Olifantshoek, in the Gamagara Local Municipality area of jurisdiction, and previously did not have any street lighting. When it got dark at night, members of the community had to stay indoors as they feared for their safety. But now, with the installation of solar street lighting, the impact has been tremendous on this community’s quality of life.
Ditloung’s busiest roads are now illuminated at night, thanks to the involvement of Renewable Energy Investments South Africa (REISA), and the Mayor and Electrical Department of the Gamagara Local Municipality. This is an initiative that aims to improve community safety and security, as well as the well-being of more than 10 200 residents.
This environmentally friendly solar-powered LED street lighting installation requires almost no maintenance and zero running costs. The LEDLUME-MINI 16LED/36W luminaire, mounted at 8 meter above road level, was chosen for this project. The solar panels and battery boxes are secured by tamper-proof screws to prevent theft. Furthermore, the BEKA Schréder solar module has been engineered for all geographical locations in Africa, and has been designed to operate reliably at a high light output over a 12 to 14 hour period. It has sufficient autonomy to cater for up to two continuous overcast or rainy days, in order to continue its reliable night operation.
The LEDLUME-MINI is the LED luminaire of choice since it is designed and manufactured in South Africa, thus taking Africa’s environments and conditions into account. This is evident in the luminaire’s design. A unique thermal sensor technique monitors the temperature of the LEDs on the printed circuit boards (PCBs). Once a critical temperature is reached, which could harm the lifetime of the LEDs, the current is reduced to ensure safe operating temperatures of the LEDs. This safeguards the LEDs and ensures that the long lifetime of up to 100,000 hours (L70), is achieved. The slim, aesthetical design is optimised for LED characteristics.
Sizile Mabaso, chief community operations officer of REISA, said the project was proposed by the Mayor of the Gamagara Local Municipality, Councillor Dineo Moyo, in the hope of reducing crime and car accidents, and to better the well-being of the community at large. The Mayor applauded the companies involved, REISA in particular, for serving as one of the great examples of partnerships that benefit the majority of our people, as well as making a meaningful contribution to their lives.
At the launch of the Ditloung project, Sylvia Lucas, premier of the Northern Cape, said it has the potential to change the landscape of the town.
On a deeper level, it adds to our collective commitment to make this province a safe and prosperous one for the benefit of our people living in it. Where there is light, there is life. This project has its benefits in ensuring that there is not only light, but that we are safe and secure walking the streets.
We locally develop and manufacture LED lighting products, designed and suitable for local conditions. We are very proud to be associated with Gamagara Local Municipality and REISA in providing a successful solar-powered LED street lighting solution for this heart-warming project.