Why and how we specify school zone beacons for your installation location

Solar powered School Zone flasher.When schools face low driver compliance to signs and posted speed limits in their school zone, adding flashing beacons is a quick, effective way to encourage drivers to self-correct and slow down. Once you have decided to add a flashing beacon, we can help you determine which model is right for the location and requirements.

Why is it important to specify for your installation location?

Specifying a school zone beacon for your location is vital for ensuring you have a reliable, effective system that works for the long term, in the harshest weather conditions for your area. We can guarantee our robust solutions will work for you because we take the time to assess them properly to prevent premature failure—and we have 20-plus years of experience to build upon.

Whether you choose AC or solar, our goal is to determine the most cost-effective setup for your location. However, the specific location—a street address, intersection, or landmark—is especially important if you are interested in a solar-powered school zone beacon or are wondering if this type of beacon would be viable at your latitude.

How do we specify for your location?

We take the time to properly assess your location for solar-powered viability using a field-proven software simulation that helps us replicate the real-life conditions of your location, including solar data, weather conditions, and shading hazards.

We will ask you several questions to get started:

  • What flashing beacon system is required?
  • Is the flashing beacon system required to meet ITE intensity?
  • How many hours per day and days per week is the system required to operate?
  • Where will the system be installed? (City/Town/County or Latitude/Longitude Coordinate – try to be as specific as possible)
  • Will there be any shading at the install site? If yes, please provide the exact Latitude/Longitude coordinates, street address, or Google street view.
  • Are red or yellow LEDs required?
  • How many LED modules are required per pole?
  • What size of LED modules? (8″ or 12″)
  • How would you like to schedule the beacon? (Internal calendar, time switch, remote programming)?

Once we have this information, we can run our simulation to create an Energy Balance Report, which is an easy-to-read document that recommends the right product for you, determining if solar is an option or if an AC-powered beacon is required and/or preferred. Our Energy Balance Report, or EBR, is free and only takes about an hour to produce.

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When you’re ready to determine the right Carmanah school zone beacon for your project, follow these steps to get started:

  1. Jot down the answers to the questions above, or download a PDF for a shareable, printable version that you can give to team members.
  2. Use the information to try out our school zone product selector tool, which will recommend a product that meets your needs.
  3. Request an EBR using our online form, or contact us by email or phone. We’ll give you an EBR and a detailed quote to help in your decision-making process.
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