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Simple Solar Lighting and Power Facts – Why to Size for Worst Case

Posted by SEPCO on 2/14/17 10:00 AM

 

Sizing up a solar lighting or power system can be a difficult task. There are two major ways for getting all the calculations correct for two completely different types of systems; grid tied and off grid. Understanding the way your system will operate will make sure you get the correct information to size the system properly.

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Solar Power, Solar Lighting Design

Simple Solar Lighting and Power Facts – Solar Outside the Sun Belt

Posted by SEPCO on 2/7/17 10:00 AM

 

Solar power assemblies are installed all over the world for lighting and power configurations. Solar sized properly can be installed in almost any location. Solar installations inside the Sun Belt are more efficient and require much less power since there is more available sun as well as shorter nights, but that does not mean that solar cannot be used outside the Sun Belt.

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Solar Power, Solar Lighting Design, Installation

Simple Solar Lighting and Power Facts – How the Lights Turn On & Off?

Posted by SEPCO on 1/31/17 10:00 AM

 

The basic controls of a solar light system are, for the most part, quite simple. The solar lights turn on at dusk and off at dawn if using dusk to dawn configuration, or turn on at dusk and operate according to the preset configurations. We wanted to cover exactly how the solar lights understand when dusk and dawn is by breaking it down.

 

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Solar Lighting Design, Installation

Simple Solar Lighting and Power Facts – How Does Shade Affect Solar?

Posted by SEPCO on 1/24/17 10:00 AM

 

How does shade affect solar? This one should be a simple answer, right? Well yes and no. Shade will render solar inoperable while it is being shaded; however, systems can be oversized to take advantage of times when it is not shaded. But the general consensus is trim trees, place the solar in the sunniest location possible, and keep it out of the shade.

 

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Solar Power, Solar Lighting Design, Installation

Simple Solar Lighting and Power Facts – What is a Sun Hour?

Posted by SEPCO on 1/17/17 10:00 AM

We wanted to start the New Year off with some basic facts on solar lighting and power systems. These will explain how the systems operate and basic sizing information. Understanding these few facts will allow you to better understand how solar operates and how a reliable system should operate. Let’s start off with the first fact:

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Solar Power, Renewable Energy, Solar Lighting Design, Installation

2016 SEPCO Solar Lighting Blog Year In Review

Posted by SEPCO on 1/3/17 10:00 AM

Last year was great and we had revised a lot of old articles to update with new information for everyone. We wanted to quickly review the top 5 blog articles posted and also wanted to thank our readers for continuing to come back for more great information on solar lighting, solar power, green ideas and renewable energy news and information.

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

How To Solve Lighting Problems With Solar Powered LED Flood Lights

Posted by SEPCO on 12/6/16 10:10 AM

So you’ve come across some project, some area, where there is zero lighting and realize that you need to get light out there. But then you discover there is also no grid power available. What do you do? Solar powered LED flood lights may be the solution you are looking for.

 

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Topics: Solar Lighting, LED Lighting, Security Lighting, Solar Lighting Design

4 Spectacular Applications for Solar Spot Lights

Posted by SEPCO on 11/29/16 10:00 AM

Solar spot lights use smaller systems to provide lighting in areas where it is difficult to get power. There are many spectacular applications where solar spot lights can be used to provide great lighting. From flags, small signs, security area, and landscape lighting, solar spot lights can be a great way to showcase your application without the cost of trenching in power and using the reliable green source of solar.

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Security Lighting, Flagpole Lighting, Landscape Lighting, Building Structure Lighting, Sign Lighting

LED Solar Security Light for Railroad Switchyard

Posted by SEPCO on 11/1/16 10:00 AM

 

SEPCO has been working with a rail company to provide lighting along the railroad switchyard. The LED solar security light systems are installed along the railroad switchyard to provide additional security for workers in the area. The lights were more economical as the existing flood lights were too far off to provide adequate lighting and trenching under the existing tracks and other structures was not cost effective.

 

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Topics: Solar Lighting, LED Lighting, Security Lighting

Why Solar Powered LED Street Lights Should Become the New Norm

Posted by SEPCO on 10/18/16 10:00 AM

 

Typical, street lights use highly inefficient HID lamps that drain the grid of electricity and cost untold millions of dollars a year to power and maintain. Obviously street lights are needed for the safety of travelers at night, but why does so much money need to be wasted by powering these inefficient old standards of lighting? Instead, high performance, energy efficient LED lights should replace energy hogging HID street lights and become the new street lighting standard. 

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Topics: Solar Lighting, LED Lighting, Street Lighting

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