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Brighten Your Advertisement with Solar Billboard Light Design

Posted by SEPCO

5/1/14 9:30 AM

Salt-River-Devco-2Billboards are a great way to advertise your business for travelers on highways. But if your billboards aren’t lit at night, there are missed business opportunities. Lighting these billboards can provide the advertisement and information for night travelers and a great way to show your business, even after hours. There are design options to take into consideration with every billboard to make sure that your billboard stands out.

Billboards typically need one fixture per 12’ of billboard width. The type of fixture required needs to be a bright flood light with a wide distribution pattern. The LEDs need to have a good spread of light so not to make bright glary spots in the middle and dim on the edges. We would suggest using something like the Laramie flood fixture with a large spread such as the NEMA 4 x 4 or NEMA 6 x 6 distribution patterns.

Power is one of the most difficult things to get out to a billboard as a lot of them are located in remote areas. Using a solar billboard light design can provide the power to the light fixtures with much less cost than trenching out the grid power. The solar power can provide enough power to light the fixtures all night, or turn off after a certain number of hours and back on before dawn during peak traffic times. Having the lights shut off for a few hours during the middle of the night when there is little traffic will reduce the size of solar power and battery assembly required to power the lights; therefore, reducing the overall cost of the system.

The solar power assembly can be mounted to the top of the billboard and power the fixtures mounted in front along the catwalk. The solar can even be sized to provide enough power to do a double sided billboard so that your information doesn’t miss anyone traveling either direction. Want to learn more? Check out a case study below.

 

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Billboard Lighting

Off Grid Solar Power Billboard Lighting

Posted by SEPCO

4/23/13 8:30 AM

10 x 36 Solar Billboard Light at Night

The biggest challenge associated with lighting the scores of billboards located along remote stretches of highways and byways throughout the US is the accessibility of AC power.   When AC power is not readily available or too costly to access, SEPCO’s ultra reliable grid-free solar power systems—combined with energy efficient, high performance LED flood light fixtures from our lighting partners at Hubbell Lighting—are an ideal solution.  

Better yet, SEPCO/Hubbell off-grid solar power billboard lighting systems are relatively quick and easy to install.  The solar arrays are mounted to heavy duty round steel galvanized poles attached to the top of the billboard structure.  The DC power generated by the solar arrays is stored in a master battery box during the day and then, with the help of SEPCO’s ALC system controller, used to power the high performance Hubbell LED flood light fixtures at night.

Off Grid Solar Power Billboard LightingInvariably, the best, most cost effective off-grid solar power billboard lighting systems will be in areas that have ample sun during the day, low levels of ambient lighting surrounding the billboard at night and can operate on 6-8 hours per night, the likes of which can be easily be split into a post dusk and a pre-dawn run time (ex.  Dusk + 6 hours…off…back on 2 hours pre-dawn)

 

Also worth noting that 30% Federal tax credit is available to companies in the US that utilize off-grid solar power to illuminate their billboards at night. 

Have a billboard or a sign you would like to light at night but have limited or very costly access to AC power? Give SEPCO a call, we can help!

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Billboard Lighting

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