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Memorial Park Solar Eyes installation

Memorial Park Solar Eyes installation, located in the serene Reades Lane, Sonning Common. The park has long been a cherished area for recreation and remembrance. However, the lack of adequate lighting presented challenges in maintaining the park’s accessibility and safety during the darker hours.

the challenge

The primary challenge was the absence of sufficient lighting in the park, which hindered its usability after dusk and raised safety concerns. Traditional lighting solutions were considered, but the need for an environmentally friendly, cost-effective, and minimal maintenance option led to the exploration of solar lighting solutions.


Memorial Park Solar Eye - Reades Lane Sonning Common

the solution & installation

The chosen solution was the installation of Solar Eye lights. These solar-powered lights are designed to provide efficient, sustainable lighting with minimal environmental impact. The decision was backed by the approval of the South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC), who recognized the potential of these lights in addressing the park’s lighting needs.

Installation was scheduled for the 1st and 2nd of February, weather permitting. The process was meticulously planned, with the installation team led by Rob, an experienced installer who had also surveyed the site. Despite initial concerns about the lights being in storage and potentially needing a few days to charge, assurances were given that they would become operational in a short time frame, as they are designed to charge even under less optimal conditions.

the benefits

The benefits of installing Solar Eye lights at Memorial Park are multifaceted:

  1. Enhanced Safety and Accessibility: The lights have significantly improved visibility in the park during the evening and night hours, making it safer and more accessible for visitors.
  2. Environmental Sustainability: Being solar-powered, these lights have a minimal carbon footprint, aligning with the community’s commitment to environmental stewardship.
  3. Cost-Effective and Low Maintenance: The lights require minimal maintenance and operate at a low cost, as they harness solar energy for power.
  4. Aesthetic Appeal: The design of the lights adds an aesthetic element to the park, enhancing its overall appeal.

The installation of Solar Eye lights at Memorial Park represents a significant step towards sustainable development within Sonning Common. It stands as a testament to the community’s commitment to safety, accessibility, and environmental responsibility. The project’s success sets a precedent for similar initiatives in other community spaces.