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SEPCO-Solar Lighting's Blog on Renewable Energy and Green Ideas

Reasons Solar Bike Path Lighting Systems Are Gaining Traction

on 5/30/18 11:20 AM By | SEPCO | 3 Comments | Parks & Recreation Pathway Lighting Solar Lighting Area Lighting
  In the last couple of years, we are seeing an increase in bike paths being installed all over the US. This is because of an increased desire for people to become more active on their off times and travel around to see new places. These bike paths are slowly being connected between cities and states. A couple of the most popular pathways being built are the Rails to Trails and East Coast Greenway projects.
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Gardens of Woodberry Solar Walkway Lighting

on 4/4/18 10:00 AM By | SEPCO | 1 Comment | Pathway Lighting
SEPCO recently worked with a local Property Management Company for a neighborhood to provide lighting along walkways and street lights in areas that were difficult to bring traditional power to.
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Types of Solar Powered LED Outdoor Lights for Walkways and Pathways

on 1/23/18 10:00 AM By | SEPCO | 1 Comment | Pathway Lighting Solar Lighting Parks & Recreation
Walkways and pathways have two main ways to provide lighting; overhead or low level lighting. Overhead lighting is provided by traditional fixtures either standard industrial fixtures or decorative post top fixtures. Low level lighting is typically provided by bollards or ingrade fixtures like step lights. Both these style fixtures provide different lighting levels and are good for specific types of lighting applications.
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What’s The Difference Between Solar Pathway Lights?

on 10/19/15 10:00 AM By | SEPCO | 1 Comment | Solar Lighting Pathway Lighting Solar Lighting Design
So all solar pathway lights are created equal? The short answer is no. There are many different style, sizes, and functionalities between different solar pathway lighting systems. Let’s look this over for a better understanding.
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Versatility and Cost Savings through Commercial Solar Lighting Systems

It is estimated that lighting alone accounts for 12% of the total U.S. electrical consumption every year, using upwards of 461 billion kWh of electricity. This is a heavy cost to businesses, cities and municipalities. Solar lighting can provide both a financial relief as well as a green alternative to traditional lighting. They are self-contained and grid free, and with LED technology, requiring almost no maintenance throughout their lifespan. These lower installation costs compared with utility powered lighting and continue huge savings in the short and long run for most installations.
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Determine The Best Way To Implement Pathway Lighting In 3 Easy Steps

on 1/19/15 9:30 AM By | SEPCO | 0 Comments | Solar Lighting Pathway Lighting Solar Lighting Design
Pathway lights cover a myriad of different areas. They can be small walkways like in front of a house or through landscaping, or large walkways like those around a college campus or park. Adequate lighting allows for people along the pathway after dark to be able to see where they are going and provide visibility to their surrounding areas. To ensure these pathways are properly illuminated, there are a few steps to follow to determine what sort of lighting would be required.
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Solar Lighting Solutions are Bound to Make an Impact on Your Business

  Solar lighting solutions can positively impact a business for a few different reasons. Here are three, but I’m sure there are more. Feel free to add yours below.
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Outdoor Solar Lighting Solutions to Exterior Illumination Needs

on 10/23/14 3:27 PM By | SEPCO | 1 Comment | Solar Lighting Parking Lot Lighting Pathway Lighting
      We've become a very energy conscious society these days, going from fossil fuels and the old format of electricity to more renewable resources. One of the most popular areas to make this change has been in the area of lighting. Standard electric is great but can get quite costly over time, as a result people are 
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Solar Bollard Lighting for Parks and Pathways

on 7/29/14 9:30 AM By | SEPCO | 2 Comments | Solar Lighting Landscape Lighting Pathway Lighting
Bollards are used as along pathways and around parks to provide perimeter markings. They can range from concrete or steel posts to intricate decorative posts, all typically standing between 3’ and 5’ tall. Lighted bollards can provide additional features such as lighting the area at night to provide added visibility to pedestrians while marking the boundary of an area from a distance. Solar powered bollard lights provide a green alternative and allow for lighted bollards to be placed in areas without disturbing the surrounding landscape. As the power is self-contained within a solar power system, these bollards can be placed just about anywhere. With separated solar power systems, the bollards can even be placed in shaded areas with the solar located nearby out in the sun. This allows for additional installation options than solar bollard lights that only have the solar panel installed on the top of the bollard.
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Tips for Maintaining Small Solar Walkway Lights

on 6/24/14 9:30 AM By | SEPCO | 0 Comments | Green Ideas Pathway Lighting
Now that summer is upon us some of you are digging out those solar lights to put along the sidewalk again to make a nice shining light on your walkway. So you put them all in the ground let them charge the whole day only to find out that night that most of them don’t work and the ones that do are very dim and not doing much. Even though they don’t cost much who wants to go out every summer and buy new lights, I know I don’t. Working in the solar industry we sell batteries with our systems, so it would only make sense that these lights would take batteries too. Upon some investigations of my walkway lights I found some screws in the bottom of them, and me being the tinkering type of person, decided to see just how these little lights worked. What I found upon removing the screws was simply a little AA battery. I guess it never occurred to me that all I would have to do to fix these lights is just replace the battery inside and the next night when dawn came upon us my lights were working again.  Replacing all the batteries in my lights only cost as much as it would have cost to replace about 2 of the lights I currently had.  Another quick tip that I found is that if the lights are still not bright after replacing the batteries you can try to put some more life into the cell itself. Looking at my own I noticed the plastic on the top looked a little cloudy, this would prevent the sun from being able to give a full charge to the battery. After looking into it I found a really neat idea that made sense so I tried it. I got out some clear nail polish and put a thin coat on top of the solar cells and once again they looked shiny and new like the day I bought them.
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