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Here is Your Solar Flag Light Systems Comparison and Overview

Posted by SEPCO

12/2/14 9:30 AM

solar flag lightThere are many different types of flag light systems. Proper flag lighting etiquette states that you should light the flag all night long if you do not want to take it down at night. There are many types of flag light systems you can find online and offline, from $30 systems that operate only with a single charge and only last part of the night, to large industrial custom built solar flag light systems that will last days even if there is little sun due to weather conditions.

The small solar lighting systems you can purchase off large online stores and in big box stores typically provide about 8-10 hours of light for your flag if the solar is able to fully charge the batteries during the day. If you have an overcast day, or do not set it up just right, the light will not operate all night, leaving your flag in the dark. Make sure to read the complete specifications and installation on what you are purchasing if you want to ensure that your flag will stay illuminated all night long.

The smaller solar lighting systems will also require a battery replacement every year or two; depending the depth of discharge allowed for the battery used. Make sure the replacement batteries are easy to purchase and replace will allow your system to be able to reused year after year. If the batteries are not able to be replaced, this will end up costing more as you will need to replace the entire system when the batteries no longer hold a charge.

Custom built solar flag lighting systems provide all night lighting and provide much better backup for times of inclement weather. These types of systems come with a minimum of five nights storage and enough solar power to charge the battery in almost any weather conditions. They take into account the length of your night, the available sun in your area, and the amount of light required for your specific size flag to ensure good coverage.

These systems can still be quite small, depending on the type of fixture used and the sizing required for your geographical location. Fixtures range from small 3 Watt LED fixtures to much larger 25 Watt LED or more for larger flags. The fixtures can either be ground mounted or mounted high on the flag pole, depending again on the needs of the project. They can also be installed on a roof that is near the flag.

No matter what type of system you chose, make sure it will operate reliably and how you want it to. Don’t overlook the specifications and make sure you follow the installation instructions carefully to ensure your system operates as designed.

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Flagpole Lighting

Flagpole Lighting Design to Showcase Your Patriotism

Posted by SEPCO

4/2/13 8:30 AM

Flagpole Lighting DesignShowing off your patriotism all starts with the flag pole in your front yard. This showcases the pride you feel for your country for all who pass by, both day and night. Of course, to ensure everyone who drives and walks past at night are able to see the flag, you need to have appropriate lighting directed towards the top of the pole. There are many different ways to go about utilizing an appropriate flagpole lighting design, but there are some methods that are just going to cost far to much money. It shouldn't cost an excessive amount of money to showcase your patriotism. Instead, with the appropriate equipment, you are able to utilize the current flagpole lighting design and point out the American flag, whether it is in the middle of the day or late at night.

The main issue with lighting around your nighttime display is the overall cost of keeping the flag highlighted. Turning on high-profile lighting equipment for hours at a time is going to increase your monthly utility bill rather substantially, which is why you need to look for another option. This doesn't mean you need to take down your flag during the night, or just go without individuals seeing the display. Instead, you just need to invest in a solar flagpole lighting design. With the solar equipment you're able to improve the ability to highlight the flag at the same time you save a good deal of money over the monthly utility bill.

Solar lighting equipment allows the hardware to actually absorb solar rays throughout the day, as the lighting equipment is not needed during these hours. This gives the different spotlights an extended period of time to absorb and store enough energy in order to produce a strong beam of light during the night. Once the sun goes down the lighting equipment is able to detect the lack of sunlight and automatically turn on. These devices are selfsustaining and don't require any sort of direct connection to your electrical line. This way, no matter the time of year or how long the nights are where you live, you are always able to display your patriotism and highlight your American flag at all hours of the night, without actually costing yourself any sort of money due to expensive utility bills. After the installation, there is minimal maintenance required for your solar lighting equipment.
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Topics: Flagpole Lighting

Good Solar Flagpole Lighting Information and Etiquette

Posted by SEPCO

6/26/12 8:30 AM

solar-flagpole-lightLighting your flag with solar power is a great way to illuminate a flag.  The solar flagpole lights are either mounted to the flag pole or ground mounted. The solar power can be mounted to the flag pole as well, but in some cases the solar is remote mounted.

The size and height of the flag and mounting position in relation to the flag will determine the quantity, wattage, and type of solar fixtures used in a particular application. For smaller flags, one wide beam floodlight mounted on the flag pole will do the job using the least amount of solar and battery. For larger flags that are flown at 30’ and above, narrow beam floodlights are used.

As with any application finances are always a question and usually the least costly solar light fixtures and the lowest wattage to get the job done win in the solar lighting world.  If you were to go the usual route and install a say 250 Watt HID flood light over a solar application, you would easily swallow up or equal the cost of a solar powered system in the amount it would cost you in installation, grid power, trenching, and materials for an AC powered system, even without the electric bill.

The dependability and lumens per watt of power from LED lighting comes into play as well. You can get over 50,000+ hours (approximately 12 years) of use out of a commercial LED light fixture. I’m sure you’ve seen small floodlighting systems in the stores, these are not worth the money they are asking as the longevity of these small systems and the amount of light output and lighting times will not suffice for an American Flag through the night.

The best bet would be to go with a commercial grade solar flag light system. The American Federal Flag Code, concerning lighting of an American Flag, states that a flag displayed through the night should be adequately illuminated from dusk to dawn. Although there is no law or penalty concerning the code, it is just good etiquette.

Happy Flag Flying

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Flagpole Lighting

Solar Flag Light to Honor Veterans

Posted by SEPCO

1/10/12 9:30 AM

Solar Flag Pole LightSEPCO recently helped Grayson Schoenbine, a Wooster, Ohio Scout working towards his Eagle rank; show off his eco-friendly side by the solar lighting of an American flag. The 30’ tall flag was to honor Veterans at the St. Mary Cemetery.

This Scout has truly endeavored to persevere in raising funds for this project, and we at SEPCO and as Americans should take up the torch that this young man has brought forward and honor all Veterans that have died in order to keep this country free.

Solar flag lighting is a great way to show off a green initiative and honor the country. If the flag is lowered at a certain time at night, the solar lights can be set to run till that time. The lights can also provide enough power to light the flag all night. And by utilizing high powered and energy efficient LED lights, the flag will have great coverage and use less power than traditional flood lights.

The solar flag light systems can also provide enough power for multiple flags on nearby poles or landscape accents that need to be lit. The solar power system can also be remotely mounted or be included in the surrounding landscape. So next time you find that there is a flag that needs lighting, and there is no available power to run the fixtures, think of solar lighting as the best option.

Check out the news article published in The Daily Record

 

 

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Topics: Solar Lighting, SEPCO News & Information, Flagpole Lighting

SEPCO and the Star Spangled Banner United

Posted by SEPCO

7/21/11 6:58 AM

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A little while back an article was published about one of our solar lighting systems being used to light The Star Spangled Banner at Fort McHenry National Park. The flag is a replica of the original that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the song that became United States National Anthem.

The new solar powered LED light replaced the inefficient lighting eliminating utility bills. In addition to this it lights the colors of the flag much better and brighter and is a great way to showcase clean renewable energy.  The solar and flood lights are hidden from view to maintain the integrity of this historic site.

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SEPCO Solar Lighting Specialist, Joe O’Grady, worked directly with Fort McHenry’s Facility Maintenance Division to design a solar powered LED lighting system with the capacity to stand-up to the harsh coastal environment and provide ultra reliable power needed to illuminate this National treasure from dusk to dawn 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

“It was an incredible honor to design a solar lighting system for the Star Spangled Banner—the significance of which really hits home every time I hear the National Anthem being sung at a sporting event”, O’Grady said. “Knowing that the Star Spangled Banner will be a focal point for the upcoming Bicentennial Celebration of the Battle of Baltimore in 2012 makes this solar lighting project all the more special”, O’Grady added.

Fort McHenry Article

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Topics: Solar Lighting, SEPCO News & Information, Flagpole Lighting

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