For a municipality or city, or even a road construction and repair company, having the right traffic warning signals for all types of situations makes traffic safety a lot easier. Knowing what you want and need in these signals is important, but the versatility and flexibility of different options in warning signals are also essential points to consider.
Different types of traffic warning signals are used in different instances. Some may be permanent types of warning systems, such as those used to notify drivers of an upcoming intersection or change in the road, while others are only for temporary use.
When buying a permanently positioned signal or warning light, there is less concern with flexibility and more concern for the long-term use of the light. Often in these types of applications working with a company that can tailor the specifics of the warning light to meet all required standards while also performing the warning function you need will be essential.
Temporary lights need to be easy to move yet also designed to be rugged and able to stand up to use. In construction zones, these lights may be deployed on a continual basis and should be durable and well-made while also effective to use in more than one specific type of application.
AC or Solar Power
For either permanently installed or temporary types of traffic warning signals, choosing between AC or solar power (DC) will often be a matter of cost and practicality.
With AC powered warning signals there is the need to trench in the wire, which can include having to bore under roadways, driveways and sidewalks. Additionally, the cost of running wire will add to the cost of the lights not just immediately but on a continual basis as long as the light is in use.
With solar panels, even for permanent installations, there is no ongoing cost. The self-contained panel on the light gathers the solar energy that is then stored in a small battery mounted on the light. The size of the battery and panel is configured to the general geographic location where the light will be used, ensuring adequate power even in overcast conditions.
Taking the time to consider both immediate as well as future use of traffic warning lights is essential before making a purchase. More and more cities and companies are moving to the solar paneled light, allowing them to be deployed anywhere without the additional cost of AC wiring and ongoing electrical power requirements.