Illuminating Memorial Park: The Transformation with Solar Eye Lights


Nestled in the heart of Sonning Common, Memorial Park has always been more than just a green space; it’s a place for reflection, recreation, and community gathering. However, the park faced a significant challenge that affected its usability and safety: inadequate lighting after dusk. This blog post delves into how this challenge was met with an innovative, eco-friendly solution, transforming the park into a beacon of sustainability and safety.

The Challenge – A Park Left in the Dark

Memorial Park’s lack of proper lighting not only limited its accessibility during evening hours but also raised concerns about visitor safety. Traditional lighting solutions were considered, but they posed issues such as high energy costs, environmental impact, and maintenance needs. The community needed a solution that was not only effective but also aligned with the environmental values of Sonning Common.


The Solution – Embracing Solar Technology

The breakthrough came with the decision to install Solar Eye lights, a cutting-edge solar-powered lighting solution designed for efficiency and minimal environmental impact. (More about the product can be found at Solar Range). These lights represented an ideal blend of functionality and sustainability, offering a low-maintenance and cost-effective solution to the park’s lighting woes.

Special Feature: A Warm Glow with an Eco-Conscious Twist

An interesting note on the Memorial Park lighting project is the customer’s specific choice of the Solar Eye lights: the warm white bat hat version. This selection was not just about aesthetics but also reflected a deep consideration for the local wildlife, particularly bats. The warm white hue provides a welcoming, soft illumination that enhances the park’s ambiance while being considerate of nocturnal animals. The ‘bat hat’ feature of these lights is ingeniously designed to minimize upward light spill, reducing sky glow and light pollution – a thoughtful choice that underscores the community’s commitment to both ecological responsibility and creating a harmonious natural environment.

Installation – A Smooth Operation

The installation, scheduled for the 1st and 2nd of February, was a testament to careful planning and coordination. Led by Rob, an experienced installer who had previously surveyed the site, the team worked diligently to ensure a smooth setup. Despite concerns about the lights being in storage and needing time to charge, the team assured that they would quickly become operational, thanks to their efficient solar charging capabilities.


the solareye is a solar LED cats’ eyes alternative. They can be used to light pathways, schools, cycle paths or for more general route marking and way-finding.

The Benefits – Lighting the Way to a Brighter Future

Post-installation, the benefits of the Solar Eye lights became evident:

  1. Safety and Accessibility: The park is now a safer, more welcoming space after dark, encouraging more people to use it during the evening hours.
  2. Environmental Responsibility: By harnessing solar power, these lights align perfectly with the community’s dedication to sustainability, significantly reducing the carbon footprint.
  3. Cost and Maintenance: The lights are not only energy-efficient but also require minimal upkeep, making them a cost-effective solution for the long term.
  4. Aesthetic Enhancement: The sleek design of the Solar Eye lights has added a modern touch to the park, enhancing its overall appeal and ambiance.


Conclusion – A Shining Example of Community and Sustainability

The successful installation of Solar Eye lights at Memorial Park is more than just an upgrade; it’s a statement of the community’s commitment to safety, sustainability, and innovation. This project serves as a shining example for other communities looking to balance ecological responsibility with urban development.


Closing Remarks

Memorial Park’s transformation is a story of how innovative solutions can address everyday challenges while upholding environmental values. It’s a beacon that illuminates not just the physical space it occupies but also the path towards a more sustainable and inclusive future.

‘I just wanted to say how many positive comments we have already received for the lighting at Memorial Park and to compliment your team on their efficiency and quality of work. Below are some pictures I took after Day 1 of installation on a stunning evening. We are delighted by the result and I know it took time to get over the final hurdle, it has definitely been worth all the effort! We hope the lighting provides a safe and welcoming Park for many years to come. Thank you for all your patience and tenacity!'