We receive a tremendous amount of phone calls and emails expressing interest in our high performance off grid solar powered lighting systems. In order for our solar lighting specialists to provide a solar lighting system design and quote that will best meet the customer's needs, we need to gether additional information by posing a series of project related questions. These answers provide the information needed to provide a comprehensive solar lighting system design and quote specifically designed to meet customer's lighting needs. Project questions include:
Where is the project located (zip code) to determine sun hours.
What type/style of fixture does the customer want? (i.e. Cobrahead, shoebox, contemporary, decorative...) click here to learn more about fixture choices.
What are the light level requirements? If there are no specific light level requirements, a general description of lighting objective would work.
Do you have dimensions of the area that you want to light?
AutoCAD files work best if a complete lighting design and layout is required
If no AutoCAD file is available, in many cases overhead image/dimensions of the project can be pulled up on Google Earth, so providing an address will work
Otherwise a rough hand drawn sketch of the project--with rough dimensions of the area to be illuminated can prove very helpful
Do the light fixture(s) need to operate at full intensity from dusk to dawn?
Note: A considerable amount of money can be saved if the light fixture(s) can be turned off or dimmed throughout the course of the night as the means to reduce nightly energy consumption, thus reducing the overall size and cost of solar power system needed to power the light fixture
Do light poles need to be included in the quote? If so, what style (i.e direct burial or anchor base)?
With answers to these questions in mind, our solar lighting specialist will have all the critical information needed to provide a comprehensive solar lighting system design/quote that will undoubtedly meet customer’s lighting needs.
The above questions work for most applications. Other questions can vary depending on the project. Those variations include:
Signs & Billboards – What size is the sign and is it single or double sided? Is it flood illuminated or internally illuminated?
Flags – How tall is the flag pole? What is the size of the flag?
Bus Stops & Shelters – Is the system pole or roof mounted? Send along information in regards to shelter construction.
Off Grid Power – What are the power requirements of the system? Send along information including part numbers / model numbers of the equipment.
All additional details that can be provided for a project helps the engineers and solar specialists ensure that the project is sized accordingly and meets the needs of the project. Providing as much information as possible in the beginning of the project will help speed the process along and get your project worked up quickly.
Have a project, send us the details and we will get working for you.
Editor's Note: This post was originally published in February 2013 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.