The Technology

SMD - or "Surface-Mount Device" technology - has been in common use for regular electronic components since the early 1980s, yet only few lighting companies have dared mount LEDs directly to a circuit board.

By mounting the LED chips directly to the circuit board, they're physically supported by the strength of the board - meaning that as they heat up and cool down, they're not going to warp and crack. As a direct result, our products will comfortably give a high life span above other discrete LED designs.

 

Improved Thermal Transfer

Heat generated by the LED chips is transferred to the much larger, more robust circuit board, rather than having to be dealt with by the LED itself. This means the LEDs can be run brighter and for longer periods without thermal stress destroying them in the process.

 

Improved Dispersion Angle

Traditional LEDs send most of their light straight ahead; owing to the construction of normally LED housings, the dispersion angles are generally in the region of 45 to 60 degrees. Surface-mounted LEDs aren't constrained by these traditional housings, so can achieve a dispersion angle of up to 160 degrees. The result is more even lighting in all directions, without the "spottiness" most people associate with LED lighting.

 

Integrated Photo-Electric Cell

All of the lights we sell include a built-in photo-electric cell which senses the ambient light and automatically switches the light on at dusk and off at dawn. This means your lights will always be on when you need them, without you having to manually switch them on and off.

Intelligent circuitry can tell the difference between the setting of the Sun and dark clouds forming overhead, so unlike some other products, our lights won't be switching on and off randomly during the day just because of a cloud, 'plane or bird passed overhead.

 

Two-Stage Motion Activation

Many of our lights are equipped with motion sensors that feature a two-stage circuit, which gives indicative illumination even when you're not in the range of the motion sensor. By not having all LEDs switched on all the time, battery life is extended by many hours without the dangers of having no light at all.

 

Stage 1

A single high-brightness LED or batch is triggered by the photo-electric cell at dusk, and remains on for the duration of the night. This provides enough light for you to know where you're heading.

 

Stage 2

When the motion sensor detects movement, the remaining LEDs are activated, giving a bright, wide-area light. Once triggered, an electronic timer keeps the full complement of LEDs on for a set duration, even when you've walked away. Once the timer runs out, the light returns to its Stage 1 "stand-by" mode, until the motion sensor is triggered again and the process is repeated.

 

Motion Sensor Over-Ride

Some of our lights are equipped with a manual over-ride switch or remote control, which allows you to manually switch them on when you need a constant supply of light.

 

Manual Brightness Selection

A few of our lights come without motion sensors but instead feature a "high/low" brightness switch, allowing you to tailor the light output to suit your individual needs.

 

Batteries

One area where many manufacturers skimp to save a few dollars is batteries. Smart Solar Lighting use ONLY Lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries, to give you the quickest charge times and longest lighting periods of any solar lights on the market.

Older (NiCd) or (Ni-MH) technology batteries may be cheaper to produce, but are plagued with issues like "memory effect" and "heat stress" making them inefficient and prone to early failure.

 

UV-Stabilised Components

Here in Australia, we're both blessed and cursed by our beloved Sun. We love the great outdoors and having fun in the Sun, but our electronic devices left outside for extended periods suffer because the constant exposure to ultra-violet (UV) light breaks down most plastics and rubber compounds.

All non-metal components of our lights are manufactured using UV-stabilised polymers. They will live happily outdoors, year in, year out, without fading, cracking or crumbling because of Sun exposure. This is particularly important for the transparent protective layers on the solar cells themselves, which in lesser products can go "hazy" and limit the amount of light reaching the cells.

 

Spare Parts Always On Hand

We keep a range of replacement batteries, LEDs and other components for all of our products at our warehouse. Just send us an email with your requirements.= and we will quote you for these parts.