The use of solar lighting technology can be a great advantage to businesses and other properties where lighting is required; however, power is difficult to aquire or unavailable. Solar technology allows the use of the sun's rays to store energy for lighting during the dark hours. At night, the light operates off the stored power and provides lighting for the required application.
This type of technology is very economical for commercial and residential buildings alike. It requires no expensive wiring, insulation or connection to electric outlets. The simple exposure to the sun during daylight hours is all that's required to power this technology.
From a money saving angle, this technology is unbeatable. Installation costs are minimal and are one time only fees. There are no monthly expenses as with standard lighting and electricity. You don't even have to worry about power outages since every solar security light has its own power system. Solar powered security lights are becoming the economic standard for many businesses, schools, and government buildings alike.
Installations can include area and perimeter lighting, parking lot lighting, entrances and pathways. Since installation is only at the pole location, disturbance of surrounding areas is eliminated. Systems can also be roof mounted using wall flood fixtures. Since different applications call for different types of lighting, from overhead to flood, getting the project evaluated in the initial design stages of the project will determine what type of fixture best fits a project. Work with the lighting designers for optimum system designs. They can easily walk you through the steps to make sure the system that fits best will be the one installed at that location.
Solar powered lighting can also be used with motion sensor technology making security lighting the most sensible choice. Not only is it cost effective since it reduces the solar power assembly sizing, but the security motion technology deters trespassing during off hours and warns personnel to the detection of motion. The convenience and practicality of solar security lighting is as smart as its money saving technology.
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Editor's Note: This post was originally published in January 2013 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.