Gates have many different uses. They are a decorative item for neighbourhoods and houses. They are a status symbol. They are a safety measure. There are many great reasons to get a solar powered gate opener installed.
Gates are an easy way to ensure the security of a private home or business. A gate can be utilized for all different sized properties. Solar powered gates are not all that commonplace, but have a solid niche in the market. A gate shows status and wealth and is therefore desired by many different people and neighbourhoods.
Solar power is the conversion of sunlight into electricity. Concentrated solar power systems use lenses or mirrors and tracking systems to focus on a large area of sunlight into a small beam. The concentrated heat is used as a heat source for a conventional power plant. Choosing a solar powered gate opener means a huge savings on the electric bill each month.
In some countries, such as the United States, installing a solar powered gate opener means the government will offer financial incentives and tax breaks to homeowners who buy and install them. Essentially, homeowners can receive a large percentage off of their solar gate opener with these financial incentives from the government.
Those who find a need for security on their property, whether residential or commercial, gates are a perfect solution. With the popularity of solar powered gates rising, there is a decrease in electric gate kits and installation. There are basic kits, and features that can be added on to ensure security and make the gates more convenient.
Many solar powered kits offer a free small watt panels or a certain amount of money off of larger watt panels. The operators are suitable for commercial moderate duty applications. The housing is corrosion resistant and contains an external quick release with key allowing for manual operation. Each kit offers different perks and additional equipment.
There are many different options for solar powered gates. Swing gates are the most popular for residential neighbourhoods. Articulated gate openers can be used for gates with wide posts allowing openings in small spaces. While they are not as aesthetically pleasing as other solar powered motor designs, the system is simple to install for the do-it-yourself types.
Articulated gate openers are also known as Crank arm operators. They are the main type of automation system sold in France where low aluminium gates are often used. Sliding gates are used if space is an issue or the driveway behind the gates is on a steep incline. They are very popular commercially and are used for cantillever gate systems.
A sliding solar powered gate has an infrared obstacle sensor located on the wall to prevent the gate from closing while a vehicle or other obstacle is in the way. There are also underground electric gate openers. Under-gate Jack openers control the gate by moving directly the pivot point on each gate leaf.
The unit is ideally cosmetic and allows for up to 180 degrees of leaf swing as required. Controlling the pivot point of the gate is like opening a door by twisting the hinge. This is accomplished with difficulty due to loads needed at that point.
Ram or link arm units are usually simpler to install and maintain. They are visible to ignorant abuse and, as they fix down along each leaf gate, they also have an obvious and sometimes major mechanical advantage over Jacks. Rams are more suitable on multi-user and commercial systems. The manual release is always above ground, making it more user-friendly in operation.