Roof-mounted units from Solar LED Innovations show nighttime restroom users the way.
Effectively and efficiently lighting portable restrooms and hand-wash sinks for nighttime special events can be a hassle. Electricity isn’t always available, and batteries can quickly run out of energy, which could render units difficult to use safely. Solar LED Innovations introduced their response to that problem – for both restrooms and portable hand-wash stations – at the 2014 Pumper & Cleaner Environmental Expo International.
The Solar POD Light is a small-scale all-in-one solar lighting system that supplies up to 30 hours of light to any portable restroom. The technology is also available in a hand-wash station lighting package that provides day and night light from an internal rechargeable solar power pack. The package lights the soap dispenser, sink bowl, faucet and foot pump, making the station usable at night.
“The lighting systems are designed to illuminate a 10- by 10-foot room,” says Tom Chorman, CEO and founder of Solar LED Innovations. “Ten hours of sun energy provides up to 30 hours of light. It is highly efficient technology.”
Solar POD kits include a high-efficiency solar panel, rechargeable high-capacity NiMH batteries and four bright LEDs integrated into a weatherproof housing that mounts securely through the roof of a portable restroom. Kits also come with a hole saw to help with the easy installation.
“The solar panels we use are high-tech too. They will charge even on cloudy days,” Chorman says.
Units come with a triple-function on/off/auto switch that allows them to be switched on during daylight hours when necessary. The auto function switches the light on at low light level.
Expo attendees weren’t the only ones taking note of Chorman’s illuminating innovation. PolyJohn Enterprises has worked closely with the company for several months, resulting in several of the company’s Bravo hand-wash stations sporting Solar LED Innovations lighting packages at the show. PolyJohn has added a link on its website to direct operators to Solar LED Innovations for their lighting needs. Chorman also sells kits that fit both new Bravo hand-wash units, or they can retrofit hand-wash units already in a PRO’s fleet.
Solar LED Innovations was a first-time exhibitor at the 2014 Expo. According to Chorman, it couldn’t have gone better. “The interest in our products was just phenomenal,” he says. “There were times we couldn’t keep up with the number of people submitting orders. I was able to talk with a lot of people that had other ideas and applications for our technology too.”
For next year, Chorman says he’ll continue to explore new solar technology to make his lights brighter, longer lasting and more efficient. His plan is to unveil some new prototype lights at the rebranded Expo, the Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport (WWETT) Show in 2015.
“We’re working with a battery system that, once it’s fully charged, could run uninterrupted for more than a week,” he says. “That type of lighting has countless applications, including portable restrooms. Solar energy is a terrific, exciting market to be in right now. It’s changing every day.” 484/639-4833; www.solargoose.com.