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How to Choose a Reliable Solar Outdoor Light System

Posted by SEPCO on 7/12/16 10:00 AM

Choosing a reliable solar outdoor light system for your next project can be a difficult task. All manufacturers have something unique that they offer that is different from the rest. There are four main key points that need to be taken into consideration beyond those small differences to ensure that you are going to install something that will provide an ROI and last for years to come.

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Solar Lighting Design

Wattage vs Lumens: Know the Difference for Better Lighting

Posted by SEPCO on 7/5/16 10:00 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, and with incandescent lamps, 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, especially when it comes to LEDs.

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

Solar Street Light Components: What’s in Your System?

Posted by SEPCO on 6/28/16 10:00 AM

There are many components involved in creating a commercial solar street light system. What components are used to manufacture the system can make or break a system over time. Here is a quick overview of what components are used in most typical solar street light systems. Note that not all manufactures use the same components in their solar street lighting systems.

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Street Lighting, Solar Lighting Design

My Pole or Yours? Why Solar Light Poles Differ

Posted by SEPCO on 6/14/16 10:00 AM

 

So you are looking to purchase and install a solar lighting system; however, you now have to decide if you should source a pole locally or get the one that the manufacturer can provide with the system. Poles sourced locally are typically lower in cost, and using existing poles on a job can lower the costs even more. BUT there are many differences between standard light poles and poles that are manufactured to deal with the added weight and EPA of the solar power assembly, most of which is typically mounted at the top of the pole.

 

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Solar Lighting Design, Poles

Can Solar Panels Still Generate Power in Bad Weather?

Posted by SEPCO on 5/10/16 10:00 AM

As I am sure we all can agree, no matter what, there is some sunlight even on the worst of days. Sunburns can even happen on a day when you don’t see the sun break through the clouds at all. That being said, can solar still generate power in bad weather? The simple answer is yes, but let’s expands on that.

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Topics: Solar Power, Renewable Energy, Solar Lighting Design

Solar Lighting Design: Lighting Zones Part 2

Posted by SEPCO on 3/1/16 10:00 AM

Next best thing to address is how to select a specific lighting zone for an area. Different areas fall into different lighting zones and each has their own set of instructions for lighting design requirements. This will go over these different set of definitions and help understand what area fits into what lighting zone.

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Solar Lighting Design

Solar Lighting Design: Lighting Zones Part 1

Posted by SEPCO on 2/23/16 10:00 AM

When designing outdoor lighting requirements, there is a factor that doesn’t seem to get talked about much, lighting zones. These zones are used to help determine how much light is required for a specific area. These are broken up into 5 different zones:

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Solar Lighting Design

Solar Lighting Design Guide – Complete The System

Posted by SEPCO on 2/9/16 10:00 AM

Part 6 of the solar lighting design guide is putting it all together and completing the system. The complete system works together to operate exactly as expected. As you can probably tell by this point, there are many factors that are taken into consideration when providing a complete system and each part is required to determine what is exactly required for every project.

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Solar Lighting Design

Solar Lighting Design Guide – Determine Power Assembly

Posted by SEPCO on 2/2/16 10:00 AM

Part 5 of the solar lighting design guide is about determining the power assembly. Now that you know what area of coverage you are requiring by determining the lumen requirements for the project, as well as the required operation profile, it is time to determine what size solar power assembly will be required. This is determined by a simple calculation after some additional information is gathered.

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Solar Power, Solar Lighting Design

Solar Lighting Design Guide – Choose Mounting Hardware

Posted by SEPCO on 1/26/16 10:00 AM

Part 4 of the solar lighting design guide is about choosing mounting hardware. SEPCO solar power assemblies come standard with a 45° / 5° mounting bracket and battery assembly mounting; however, fixtures require mounting in all types of arrangements. Also, pole types need to be determined and assessed for the project.

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Topics: Solar Lighting, Solar Lighting Design, Poles

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