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Eco-Friendly Building with Solar Powered Parking Lot Lights

Posted by SEPCO on 8/3/15 10:00 AM

Looking to build a new place of business or take over an existing building that has no lighting available? Well there is something you can do that will keep costs low, provide a sustainable option, and the installation will preserve the already installed structures. What more could you ask for.

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Topics: Solar Lighting, General Lighting, Parking Lot Lighting

Options for Commercial Solar Outdoor Lighting Systems

Posted by SEPCO on 7/13/15 10:00 AM

About 15 years ago or so, there were very few options for commercial solar outdoor lighting systems, but as technologies advance, more and more options are available for a custom system for your application. Solar light fixtures have advanced through the use of LEDs and aimed optics to allow for a range of commercial and decorative style lighting systems. Controls have also advanced to allow for adaptive lighting, motion operation, split timing and so much more. Solar has also come down in price while increased in efficiency for the size of the panels.

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Topics: Solar Lighting, General Lighting, LED Lighting, Solar Lighting Design

Wattage vs Lumens: Know the Difference for Better Lighting

Posted by SEPCO on 7/10/14 9:30 AM

With the push for LED lighting, there is a lot to take into consideration now for lighting levels. One of the biggest arguments is a light Wattage versus the Lumens and determining brightness. The old way of looking at how bright a light will be is to look at the wattage; the higher the wattage the lamp is, the brighter it is. Now we need to focus on the Lumens of the lamp to determine the brightness of the lamp.

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Topics: Solar Lighting, General Lighting, LED Lighting, Solar Lighting Design

The Worst Advice We've Ever Heard about Lighting

Posted by SEPCO on 5/20/14 9:30 AM

There are a lot of different ideas in the lighting industry about what good advice is and what is bad. Here is a quick overview of some of the worst lighting advice we’ve ever heard and why.

Light levels don’t matter

Light levels are important to any lighting project. If you can’t see what you need to, then the light is useless. Light levels need to be taken into consideration. If it is a sign people need to be able to read it. If it in a parking lot safety and security is the primary concern. Light levels vary from project to project and must be task specific. You don’t want you back yard lit up like the middle of the afternoon, but you also don’t want a parking lot so dimly lit that if you drop your keys at night you can’t find them.

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Topics: General Lighting, LED Lighting, Solar Lighting Design

What is CRI and How is it Affecting You?

Posted by SEPCO on 5/8/14 9:30 AM

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Topics: General Lighting, LED Lighting

What You Need To Know About Light Distribution Patterns

Posted by SEPCO on 4/1/14 9:30 AM

There are many different distribution patterns available with different lighting fixtures. Each distribution pattern provides a different lighting footprint on the ground to provide a light pattern for specific area light needs. The larger the distribution pattern, the larger area of light that is produced. Here is a quick overview of different lighting distributions.

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Topics: Solar Lighting, General Lighting, LED Lighting, Solar Lighting Design

Uses for Discharge Lamps

Posted by SEPCO on 2/20/14 9:30 AM

What are some of the main uses for discharge lamps? This type of lamp involves an internal electrical discharge being created between two electrodes in a gas filled chamber; the level of intensity generated by a discharge lamp can vary, and can range from low level wattage bulbs through to extreme intensities that can be used for filling large areas with light. There are consequently many different uses for discharge lamps. It’s worth looking at these uses and the kinds of discharge lamps available, in more detail. 

Discharge lamps can be highly effective at maintaining luminosity for an extended period of time. Their applications extend across a range of domestic and commercial areas, and are affected by the type of gas being used. For example, mercury discharge lamps can provide particularly high levels of brightness for outdoor use, as can sodium lights, which can produce the orange glow seen on street lamps. Fluorescent lights can also be used to create low pressure and constant levels of luminosity. 

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Topics: General Lighting, Guest Post

Dark Sky Friendly Lighting is Necessary Now More Than Ever

Posted by SEPCO on 1/14/14 9:30 AM

Ever look at a map from a satellite in orbit? Notice all the lights that you can see. What about looking up at night to find the stars in the sky? How much do you not actually see due to light pollution? These are some serious questions that are starting to be asked by more people. Light pollution is becoming a problem and dark sky friendly lighting is the key to solving this issue.

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Topics: General Lighting, Conservation, Dark Sky Friendly Lighting

Use Solar Outdoor Lighting for Energy Efficiency

Posted by SEPCO on 11/29/12 9:30 AM

Lighting up any space, be it residential or commercial, can be an expensive endeavor. Between the cost of trenching, wiring and installation can make the lighting expensive to implement. And then after that you have the electrical costs every month to pay. Depending on the type and intensity of the light this can eat up a budget quickly.

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Topics: Solar Lighting, General Lighting

Lighting a Commercial Space Needs to Be Energy Efficient

Posted by SEPCO on 11/6/12 9:30 AM

Commercial lighting is used in offices, shops and other organizations. It needs to be functional, aesthetically pleasing and environmentally friendly, but also inexpensive to install and run. There are many different options that can match these lighting needs that can be found both on and off line.

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Topics: General Lighting, Guest Post

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