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Ways to Save Money with Commercial Street Lighting

Posted by SEPCO

11/18/14 9:30 AM

Dania-Beach-4Commercial street lighting provides light along streets for driver safety, but the costs of installing, maintaining and monthly electrical bills can add up. There are steps you can take to reduce the costs and save money in the long run. Here are a few ideas, and feel free to share yours below in the comments.

 

Illuminate uniformly

Illuminating the streets uniformly provide the best lighting levels for security purposes. Spotty lighting does not allow for the safety that is needed on roadways and is basically wasting light and power. Provide even illumination and eliminate dark areas makes sure you are using every bit of energy to its maximum potential.

 

Switch to LED fixtures

LED lights provide better illumination while reducing operation costs and reducing maintenance. LED fixtures are more costly for initial purchase, but compared to HID, LPS and HPS fixtures, they can reduce the power consumption by a third or more and only need replacement once every 10 to 25 years. Best of all, LEDs use most of the power they draw for lighting purposes, unlike older style lamps that only use a small percentage of the power to provide light, the rest produces heat.

 

Provide maximum lighting when needed

Instead of running a 150 Watt LED fixture at full intensity all night, most streets can reduce the wattage of the fixture by lowering the fixture on the pole and only provide the lighting necessary for the application. There are few applications where high powered lights are required such as on a highway or major intersection. Also, reducing the fixture by utilizing dimming features with LEDs when there is practically no traffic, lowers the power usage for off peak times.

 

Install commercial solar street light systems

Using commercial solar street light systems in areas where there is no grid power nearby allows for the ability to provide the same safety and security in rural areas. These areas can sometimes be more dangerous than urban areas since there is more wildlife that can wander out in the middle of the road and without proper lighting, can cause fatal accidents. Mixing solar power with LED fixtures, maintenance will be minimal and there will be no electrical costs or worries for underground wiring to destroy the roads in these areas.

What other steps do you think would improve the efficiency and help save money when it comes to street lighting?

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Topics: LED Lighting, Street Lighting, Commercial Street Light LED Fixtures

Solar Lighting Fixtures Are Versatile and Adapt To Needs of the Project

Posted by SEPCO

9/16/14 9:30 AM

Why so many choices? There are multiple fixtures that can be utilized with a solar lighting system, and each fixture can be used for more than one type of application. Providing different options allows for customization of a system to provide the necessary lighting while staying with the look the customer wants. Here are some of the best examples:

Small Flood Solar Lighting Fixtures

Solar Bus Shelter Lighting

The InGrade solar fixture can provide great lighting for smaller applications such as a sign light, bus stop, bus shelters, flags, area and landscapes, walkways and so much more. This fixture has the ability to be used inside an enclosure or on its own mounted in fixture housing. The picture shown is a great example of using this fixture in a bus shelter mounted within the battery assembly; however, the same fixture can be used for a bus stop light by just making a few adjustments to the overall system. This is definitely a very versatile fixture.

Large Decorative Solar Lighting Fixtures

Solar Street Lighting

The Urban solar fixture can be used for larger applications for roadways, walkways, parking lots, parks, area, pavilions and so much more. These decorative fixtures provide amazing lighting due to the LED technology, are dark sky compliant, and can even be configured to be turtle friendly with ease. These fixtures mount on the side of the pole from a decorative arm bracket or from above underneath a roof structure if needed. They provide a range of optics and distribution patterns that allows for adaptive lighting to whatever the need of the project without losing light levels on the ground.

Standard Solar Lighting Fixtures

Solar Lighting Fixture

The Viper fixture is another versatile fixture. It is a great cross in style between a standard Cobrahead and Shoebox style fixture and easily can adapt to many different situations. This fixture is typically used for roadways, parking lots and area perimeter lighting; however, it can be used for just about all overhead lighting applications. This fixture provides a lot of light even at lower wattages and also offers a wide range of optics and distribution patterns for adaptive lighting. The same fixture can be used with different optics on different areas of the same project ranging from Type II to Type V Square distributions and many in between. Best of all, this fixture is dark sky compliant so all the light is pushed where you need it.

As every customer has a different application, customizing the fixture to the needs of the project will provide the most efficient solar lighting system. There is no reason to use large floods on smaller applications, just like you wouldn’t want a small, low wattage fixture to light up for security, roadway or parking lots. Make sure your fixture does exactly what you need it to do, or don’t hesitate to ask for a different option. Your lighting designers are there to provide you exactly what you need for your project.

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Solar Lighting Design, Commercial Street Light LED Fixtures, Off Grid Solar Lighting

Commercial Street Light LED Fixtures Powered By Clean Solar

Posted by SEPCO

3/19/13 9:30 AM


Solar LED Street LightThe last several years have seen the advent of new commercial lighting system technologies that have the potential to significantly reduce operating costs for those that employ them, such as commercial property owners, city and county governments, school districts and home owner's associations. Among these are commercial street light LED fixtures, which can offer reliable, cost efficient and environmentally responsible lighting for a variety of commercial and municipal applications.


Commercial street light LED fixtures powered by clean solar power offer a number of advantages over traditional, grid powered lighting. Installation, for instance, is much easier, faster and less costly with solar powered commercial fixtures. Grid powered lighting requires infrastructure, with a lot of engineering considerations, wiring and trenching in of cables, whereas solar powered street lights are separate, self contained units, requiring no underground connections. This easy installation is especially beneficial when new lighting is being installed on existing, already paved sites, eliminating the hassle and expense of digging through pavement for trenching and the subsequent repairs. Lighting remote areas, such as roadways or sports fields in a city park or the parking lot of a rural business, is much easier with stand alone solar powered street lights, avoiding the expense and logistical issues of tapping into a distant grid system.

Commercial Street Light LED FixturesReliability is another advantage well worth consideration. Solar powered LED street lights will still shine brightly when grid power goes down, offering security and safety during blackout conditions. A street lighting system made up of stand alone solar powered units offers more reliability during extreme weather as well, since having one destroyed by a lightening strike or a fallen tree will not cause the entire system to fail, as can be the case with grid powered street lighting.

Solar powered commercial street light LED fixtures are an extremely cost efficient option, offering lower operating and maintenance costs than typical, grid powered lighting. The most obvious and significant source of savings is the fact that these fixtures generate their own power, adding nothing to electricity bills. LED fixtures also last longer than other fixtures, with an average lifespan as much as five times that of incandescent types, and most require little or no routine maintenance.

Commercial streetlight LED fixtures powered by clean solar energyCommercial streetlight LED fixtures powered by clean solar energy are exceptional options for environmentally conscious city or county managers, commercial property owners, school districts or HOAs. LEDs produce light by passing electrical current through a solid diode, unlike other options that require incendiary gases to function. They produce no toxic emissions and generate a minuscule amount of heat as compared to traditional lighting, and since they are powered by solar energy, they do not take energy from power plants that may burn fossil fuels in its production.

Solar-powered commercial street light LED fixtures have been put to very successful use in a wide variety of settings. They have been installed at airports, corporate parks and military installations in the U.S. and abroad. They are used to light parks, city streets, housing developments, parking lots and government facilities. Flexible, cost efficient, reliable and environmentally sound, commercial street light LED fixtures powered by clean solar power stand head and shoulders above traditional commercial lighting options. 

 

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Topics: LED Lighting, Street Lighting, Commercial Street Light LED Fixtures

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