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Solareye installation guidelines

Installation FAQs

  • Simple installation requiring no fixed electrical connection
  • Dry cut using a milling tool
  • Up 200 pieces per day can be installed
  • Adhesive take 30 mins to set at 25° meaning minimal disruption
  • Can be installed in damp conditions

A new fixing has now been introduced that can be screwed to either a post or wall. This makes installing Solareyes even easier on walls and posts along the side of pathways such as on hotel and club entrance drives and at marinas and quaysides.

How is the solareye installed?

We use a unique milling cutter to bore the hole where the blade creates debris rather than dust, therefore making the process less harmful to the environment. The product is then fixed in to place using a structural two component all weather adhesive.

How long does installation take?

Following preparation of the site by clearing the area and marking the required placement of the units, each cut into a typical asphalt takes less than 2 minutes. We estimate that 200+ pieces can be installed in one day.

How long before the path is ready to use following installation?

At 25°C the adhesive will be tack free within 30 minutes but please allow 24 hours before the path is completely ready.

Do you provide the installation service or can I do it myself?

We can provide a full installation service and will provide a quote tailored to each customer’s requirements. We can also provide a step by step installation guide.

Where should we place the solareye on a path?

Solareye is most effective when located in an open area where it receives direct sunlight for at least some part of the day. It will however work effectively in shaded areas. If in doubt please contact us for advice on specific situations.
• Narrow or irregularly maintained path – use a centre line with Solareyes spaced at 4.5m apart
• Wider paths or highly maintained areas – use either side of the paths with Solareyes spaced at 9m but staggered at every 4.5m
• Wider, shared use paths – a centre line can be created but offset so that 2/3 of the path is allocated for cyclists and 1/3 for pedestrians and other users

Can solareye be used near water?

Solareye is completely sealed and watertight and rated at IP68, the highest IP rating available for dust and water immersion.

Solareyes have been tested in several inches of water showing they will still charge although may take slightly longer than when in direct sunlight in the open air. This makes Solareye suitable for locations where they may become wet such as on quaysides and in marinas and dock areas.

Can Solareye be used on fencing?

Solareyes can be mounted vertically, such as on fencing, and will work equally effectively as when mounted on the ground or other horizontal surfaces, so long as they receive some direct sunlight.

Notes on charging solareye

Full operational performance, that is 200+ hours in continuous lighting mode (without further exposure to sunlight), will not be achieved until it has been fully charged outdoors.

Once the Solareye has been initially fully charged and with ongoing exposure to sunlight, Solareye’s large storage capacity enables it to operate throughout each night 365 days per year.

The Solareye will start to charge from its first exposure to sunlight. During the summer in full direct sunlight, this can take up to eight hours. Partial sunlight and location in shaded areas will extend the charging period.

For installations during winter months and in cloudy conditions the charging time will be extended. At these times, expect a slow build up to full performance as the Solareye charges. During this period, full operational performance will not be achieved but the Solareye will operate satisfactorily with a shorter non-stop performance until fully charged.

Ensure installation within six months of purchase or keep units charged outdoors until installation. Prolonged periods in a discharged state may damage the battery and reduce performance.

All solar powered products need exposure outdoors to direct sunlight to function correctly so be sure to take this into account when selecting the positioning for the product.

Charging indoors on a windowsill is not recommended as certain types of coated glass may block out most of the daylight.