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Solar Pavilion Lighting for Parks and Public Spaces

Posted by SEPCO

4/10/14 9:30 AM

Pavilions are installed in parks and public spaces to provide shelter and a great gathering area for people. In the early evenings, before the parks and public spaces close, there can be a need for lighting at these gatherings. Since most pavilions are located in an area with no electric power available, installing solar powered lights on the pavilions can be a great way to provide people the needed lighting while not disturbing the surrounding area trenching in standard electric.

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Solar pavilion lighitng is an integrated unit that uses the solar panels installed on the roof to provide power directly to the battery assembly installed under the roof. The solar panels charge the batteries during the day and the light fixtures use the power at night. The battery assembly is typically mounted under the roof to provide shading to the batteries and making maintenance easy to achieve. The light fixture is mounted center of the pavilion or around the perimeter, depending on the needs of the system. This low profile design provides the best option for lighting needs to remote pavilions.

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The fixtures can be either controlled by a dusk to dawn controller, but as most parks are not open all night, a spring loaded timer or set clock is the best option for these installations. Since the lights will not operate all night, the needed solar power assembly is much smaller than for applications where all night lighting is required. Specialty switch capabilities can also be installed for special events where the lights would need to stay on longer.

The pictures show an installation we have completed for a park in Kansas City, MO at a local park. The system runs four canopy fixtures all night for visitors to the park. These lights were installed in 2010 and show the perfect application for solar pavilion lighting as there is no nearby infrastructure. 

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Building Structure Lighting

Solar Power for Remote Restroom Lighting

Posted by SEPCO

5/29/12 8:30 AM

Solar Restroom LightRemote restrooms facilities are a perfect application for solar lighting solutions. These restrooms are often located in the middle of a large campground or state/federal park. Often, the electrical grid is not available in these remote locations. Solar lighting can be used at the restroom location without the need of the electrical grid. Solar panels produce their own electrical energy that is stored in batteries which are used to power the lights at night.

Lighting is needed for remote restroom buildings for both convenience and security purposes.  Exterior lighting can be used to help visitors located the buildings at night. Interior lighting is utilized by people using the facilities. The lighting also includes the added benefit of deterring nighttime vandalism which sometimes becomes a problem at these locations.

Solar Restroom LightingThere are several options for mounting the solar power assemblies. The solar panels can either be mounted onto the roof of the building or onto a pole separate from the building. The batteries and control electronics can be mounted with the solar on the building or pole. The battery assembly can also be located inside the building.

The exterior lighting would normally be run from dusk to dawn or from dusk for a certain number of hours every night. The interior restroom lighting is normally run on an as needed basis. This can be accomplished using either a motion sensor inside the restroom or a spring-loaded timer that will run the lights for a set amount of time after a user activates them. The lights can either be set to be ready to activate 24/7 or only at night if natural outside light is allowed to enter the restroom.

Solar lighting provides the necessary combination of availability, performance, convenience, and security for all remote restroom facility needs.

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Renewable Energy, Building Structure Lighting

Subdivision Mailbox Solar Lighting to Show Green Initiative

Posted by SEPCO

12/6/11 9:30 AM

Subdivision Mailbox Solar LightingMany subdivisions provide mailbox clusters for thier condo owners. These mailbox clusters, usually under a roof structure, require lighting for the security of the residences. Power is not always available where these mailbox clusters are located and the cost of trenching and running electric to the area can be a costly expense. Solar power is the perfect option.

DR Horton uses our solar lighting systems for their subdivision mailbox clusters in many developments. These subdivision mailbox areas have the solar lighting mounted below the canopy structure with the solar panel mounted to the top of the roof.

The solar lights for the mailboxes can either run dusk to dawn, dusk for a certain number of hours, or have an occupancy sensor set up so that the lights only need to come on when someone is near the mailbox cluster. The time needed to run the light determines the size system needed for the project.

Subdivision Mailbox Solar Powered LightingSubdivision mailbox solar lighting not only shows the development's green initiative, but also provides cost savings by not having to pay for electric at the site while benefiting from renewable energy and tax savings from installing solar power for lighting.

Solar lighting for subdivision mailboxes does not always need to be installed during development. The solar lighting system does not need any additional wiring or trenching and can be installed many years after the main structure has been put in place. Instead all that is needed is the fixture, solar power system, and mounting hardware to be installed directly on the structure and let the sun do the rest of the work.

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Topics: Solar Lighting, SEPCO News & Information, Building Structure Lighting

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