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Parking Lot Lights, using solar power turns a necessity into a benefit

Solar Parking Lot LightsNobody ever made money out of lighting the parking lot efficiently. Parking lot lights are a necessity for reasons of safety and convenience. They are service lights, unrelated to the core business of the golf courses, hotels and resorts, universities and colleges, parking malls and corporate complexes, government installations and complexes where they are used.

You need a parking lot light just to get safely to and from your car and guide your way in and out of parking lots after dark. So how can managers turn a necessity into a benefit? The answer is to install solar powered parking lot lights to save costs.

In addition, you can legitimately claim in signs, advertisements and promotional material that such-and-such shopping mall / school / sports club has “gone green” by installing clean lighting in the parking lot.

Each solar parking lot light works off its own little solar factory, which is installed on the light itself

It is a clean, closed system involving only the sun, an inverter to convert the solar energy to electricity, a battery for storing the power and an LED (light emitting diode to create the light). Behind every conventional parking lot light is a coal-fired power station belching carbons into the atmosphere, or a dangerous nuclear power station. In contrast, solar-generated electricity is completely harmless. So, green parking lot illumination is worth a lot in public relations terms and managerial peace of mind.

Conventional parking lot lights are expensive to install

Trenches need to be opened, cables laid and meters connected. Where grid power is used to power parking lot lights, the choice is fairly limited as to where the lights will be placed. Generally, the lights follow the line of the trench, which is usually a straight line. That is not always the most effective way to place the lights but the sheer cost of placing conventional parking lot lights where you want them prevents most planners from deviating from a straight line.

But what about those nooks and crannies around corners where cars park or where people have to walk in order to get to and from their cars? With solar LED parking lot lighting you place the lights exactly where you want them. Each light is independently powered by a photovoltaic cell “power plant” mounted on the light itself. It operates independently from all the other solar lights in the lot.

Once solar parking lot lights are installed and start working, they can operate untended for year upon year with minimum maintenance

They are self-regulating and hassle-free. Conventional lights can cease to operate or might need a new bulb, but solar powered parking lot lights are reliable and LED bulbs last for years. This on its own is a huge benefit, but the best is yet to come. These parking lot lights come entirely free. Energy from the sun costs nothing. Solar power is free. When planning a parking lot, think solar-powered parking lot lights for total peace of mind. Check this example

LED Parking Lot Lighting, for cost effective and reliable solar lighting

LED Parking Lot LightingManagers of complexes that include parking lots are turning to solar-powered LED parking lot lighting to save installation and running costs. They also know that installing solar lighting in a parking lot means years of maintenance-free operation – one thing less to worry about!

You can install one solar powered parking lot pole and light or several. It all depends on what level of illumination you require. There are small parking lots with just one light per lot and massive mall parking lots with lines of lights. The beauty of solar parking lot lighting is that every light runs perfectly independently of the others, so in the unlikely event that one light ceases to operate or operates sub-optimally then the others will still light the parking area. You can order pole and solar lot lighting kits or you can get a company in to install them all.

The benefits of solar LED parking lot lighting are so many that it is difficult to know which one to list first

Clearly there are masses of benefits and that is why managers of malls, housing estate, apartment blocks, hospitals, college and universities, estates, hotels and resorts and government property are opting for solar powered parking lot lighting.

Cost effectiveness probably ranks at the top of the list of benefits. The units are affordable, with the pole generally costing more than the solar unit itself, but even standard grid powered parking lot lights require poles. Installation is definitely much cheaper than conventional lighting. No trenches, cables, wires or meters are required.

You also have the freedom to place the solar parking lot lights wherever you want them to be. LED bulbs are long-life lights, perfect for solar parking lot illumination. That means cost saving on maintenance, something that property managers prefer.

With LED parking lot lighting,  once the initial costs have been incurred, the lighting is free of charge

No expensive utility bills accrue whenever solar powered lighting solutions are installed. The way a solar light works is this: photovoltaic cells on the unit itself gather the solar energy and this is converted to electrical energy, which is then stored in a battery. When the solar light switches on (an automatic process triggered by automatic light and dark detectors) then the battery powers the LED. Solar power is, of course, a wonderful match for LED (light emitting diode) bulbs because they work so well off batteries.

The eco-friendly nature of LED parking lot lighting is another important benefit accruing when parking lot owners or managers opt for solar power. It is always good corporate policy to show environmental awareness in all actions. Solar power leaves no carbon footprint. Behind every conventionally powered parking lot light lie coal-fired power stations, dangerous nuclear power plants and tons and tons of metal and cable that comprise the power grid.

The world cannot continue indefinitely to burn fossil fuels, endanger life and rape the globe just to light parking lots. Solar powered parking lot lighting is quite simply the correct moral and ethical choice. Check this case study

LED Marine Lights, leading the way in solar lighting development

LED Marine LightsSolar marine lights are probably the most advanced form of commercialized solar power but most people are not even aware that LED marine lights provide the major part of illumination in harbors and on board yachts. Even buoys out in the harbor or bay are lit by solar energy.

There are a number of reasons why the maritime industry has led the way in solar power development. In the first place lighting in harbors and on board vessels is closely linked to safety. Solar energy is the most reliable way to power outdoor lighting systems so the maritime industry was naturally drawn to this form of illumination. Solar outdoor lights just don’t fail. Each light has its own “power plant” attached in the form of photovoltaic cells, solar chargers and storage batteries.

LEDs are highly efficient utilizers of battery power and last for years. So there is no wiring, no battery or bulb replacement involved, plus once installed the light operates effectively for years, free of charge.

Another aspect that drew the maritime industry to LED marine lights was the closeness of sea going vessels to nature. The wind, the sea, the sky and the animal and plant life of the ocean are constantly at the top of the sailor’s mind. To put it another way, every boat owner is aware of nature and the delicate ecology that comprises our world. Solar powered marine lights are completely environment-friendly and this has been a definite factor in the advancement of solar-powered marine lights.

It says a lot that when non-boat people see a range of solar marine lights, they immediately think of alternative uses for these standalone “light factories”. It is true that hazard, lights, for instance can be used for roadside emergencies as well as in harbors and on board ocean-going vessels. A standard solar-powered all-purpose marine light can be used for any navigation, lighting or hazard marking requirement, whether on building sites, campgrounds or even in the military.

There are LED marine lights in varying strengths according to the intensity of the light that needs to be generated

The photovoltaic arrangement, battery storage capacity and LED vary according to the range required. So for instance there is one suitable for a range of one nautical mile (1.8 kilometers). This is generally used for marking buoys, docks, bus stops and other points of importance or obstacles. They are available in various colors e.g. red, amber, blue, white and green and even have adjustable flash patterns. (That should give an indication of how advanced solar powered marine lights are.)

Models with a range up to two nautical miles (3.6 kilometers) have features such as over 200 IALA Approved Flash Patterns and programmable functions such as intensity and battery testing. These low voltage lighting systems are suitable for the “heavy duty” maritime industry, i.e. use in industrial and commercial marine.

Finally there are extremely advanced solar lights with ranges up to three nautical miles (4.8 kilometers). These solar LED marine lights are huge and powerful, and developed with the assistance of government agencies. These are top of the range. Check Carmanah for rugged, reliable and patented marine lighting products. click here

Street Light Fixture, is it solar-powered or is it the old-fashioned type

Street Light FixtureSolar-powered street light fixture systems are rapidly replacing the old-fashioned grid-powered type street lamps. That means that countless millions of solar street lights are being manufactured and installed each year.

Solar lighting is no longer the preserve of the ecologically aware homesteader. Now city, town and village managers are installing these reliable, cost-effective and unobtrusive lights, keeping neighborhoods safe at night and stopping the drain on the public purse because absolutely no power bills accrue through the use of solar power.

Solar street lights require zero maintenance as most solar street lights have detectors that can differentiate between light and dark. That means no management or labor is required to turn them on or off. The light switches on at dusk and turns off at dawn. Of course, the photovoltaic cells on each unit collect sun energy as long as there is any light at all. The basic rule is that if there is visibility then solar power will be collected, even if it is overcast and rainy.

Most people who have no involvement in city, estate or building complex management are aware how technologically advanced solar street light fixture systems have become. For instance, the latest development is that the solar street lamps actually take into the account the importance of light for an early morning commute. They are constructed so that they collect sufficient solar energy, convert it to electricity, store it in batteries, and therefore distribute enough energy to power the LED to stay bright until dawn. If you are a commuter your way is probably lit by solar-powered light fixtures without you even being aware of it.

Although solar street lights operate quite adequately even in dull weather, these street light fixtures are most effective in areas with plenty of sunlight. That includes most of the great cities of the world, and that is why the popularity of solar street lights and solar parking lot lights has risen exponentially in the past decade.

The more sunlight there is, the more the photovoltaic cells are exposed to it and therefore more energy can be collected and stored. It is important to note that even if there is a temporary shortage of electrical power available, the LED will not extinguish entirely but will simply be temporarily dimmer. It will revive its brightness as soon as the sun has shone again for a while.

There are a couple of factors to consider when shopping for a solar street light fixture

Solar street lights that will be placed in areas with high wind exposure should incorporate flat panels for a low wind profile. Also check the battery reserve capacity to minimize the dimness of the lights due to cloudy weather. A five day battery reserve is almost standard, which is more than enough for most places.

Street lights are indispensable. They light the way for traffic and pedestrians and are much safer than unlit streets; to sum it up, street lights prevent accidents and prevent crime. Solar LED street lights are better than standard street lamps because they are unaffected by grid blackouts. They are literally a beacon in the night. Check Greenshine Solar Lighting Basic here

Solar Low Voltage Lighting Systems, the ideal way to economical power efficiency

Solar Low Voltage Lighting SystemsAlthough the cities of the world appear to be brightly lit when viewed from outer space, most city lighting is comprised of low voltage lighting systems that make it possible for human beings to function economically and socially after dark when there is no natural solar lighting from the sun.

These lighting systems include street lighting, which is the most abundant form of lighting, the illumination of parking lots and building complexes and lighting at installations such as harbors, railways and airports. Traffic lights are another form of ubiquitous low voltage lighting.

Parallel with all the other economic changes occurring across the world, city managers and developers of large complexes, installations and public spaces are realizing that solar energy is perfectly adequate for powering low voltage lighting systems. A quiet solar revolution is taking place.

While most households regard solar power as the type involving arrays of photovoltaic cells mounted on rooftops, in actual fact the area of solar powered lighting systems in which great leaps forward have been made in recent years involve small “solar factories” mounted onto lights.

For instance, many solar buoy lights in harbors are floating lights with photovoltaic cells mounted on the light itself, just adequate to draw enough solar energy to power that particular light. The low (in fact non-existent) maintenance cost of such a self-contained harbor lighting system is obvious.

These standalone solar-powered low voltage lighting systems offer great flexibility

No matter how remote the location where the developer or manager would like to place the light, as long as it can be installed just once, solar lights like these can be run for years once they are in place. Take for instance a college or university campus or even a hospital. Illumination is really important for security and convenience purposes, but campuses and public buildings are generally higgledy-piggledy complexes with alleyway, high buildings and irregular areas. A solar-powered outdoor lighting system is perfect for this type of application.

All it takes is to identify where the lights should be placed

There are no limitations to where the solar light may be placed (door lintels, rooftops, on top of walls, on window sills) because no trenching, metering or wiring is involved. The solar lights can then be mounted where they are highly effective and yet out of reach of vandals. These solar powered low voltage lighting systems require virtually no maintenance and each light is a designer solar light meaning it is perfect for its purpose and operates on its own without depending on an electrical grid. In other words, it is immune to blackouts, as is the complex where it is situated.

The benefits of solar lighting systems are obvious when it comes to hospitals, large government and corporate complexes which never sleep as well as educational institutions and public places, from railway stations to the streets of cities, towns and villages. Even remote places such as emergency phones on turnpikes and interstate highways make use of solar powered low voltage lighting systems.

Comparison between solar LED street lights and conventional road lighting systems