Solar Panels for LED Lights

What Are the Benefits of Angling Solar Panels Properly?

Solar Panels for LED Lights

New solar panel light adopters may not be entirely up-to-date on how to properly angle new solar panels and why that matters. Of course, it’s ultimately a matter of drawing as much light from the sun as possible, even during overcast times, so we thought we’d introduce a few basics to those who have installed the latest in green energy technology. And for those who haven’t used solar lighting in their latest project, consider this an opportunity to reflect if solar panel outdoor lights are perfect for your needs. We’ll skip the super-tech details and jump straight to the specifics.

What’s the Best Angle of Direction for Solar Panels for LED Lights?

We’ll admit that solar isn’t perfect. Sometimes the sun doesn’t come out, and so you’re left wondering how long your lights might last in dark winters or overcast times. Solar power stored in a battery won’t last forever, but what we can promise is that if you angle your solar panels for your LED lights properly, you can maximize your potential power gains–almost like sending your lights to the gym for the most rigorous workout possible.

The trick is with angling your solar panels is that one answer isn’t universal for all. What angle you want with your solar panel outdoor lights is actually dependent on where you live as long as your panels are facing south. For instance, if you live in Southern California, home to Greenshine New Energy, you’re best off angling your panels around 33/34 degrees for maximal energy culling potential. Thankfully, these are solar panels for outdoor lights, so it’s not a matter of having a roof that supports that particular angle. Pointing the panels in any other direction will result in less energy gains–it just doesn’t make sense. Do your research online with some handy solar calculation tools and you can find the best angle for where you (or the panels) reside.

What Else is There to Know About Proper Solar Panel Angling?

Oddly enough, the states that receive the most solar power aren’t the sunniest! The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) rates some “cold” states as higher than California and Arizona! Cold weather does not equate to less light. In fact, white snow often times helps to reflect sunlight back onto the solar panels. The panels function more efficiently during winter, too! During the winter, it’s a strong idea to angle your solar panels for your streetlights lower than your latitude. Just be forewarned that reducing the tilt for the panel may cause build-up of snow, and we’re sure you know what that leads to. Snow is actually easy to remove from solar panels if they’re not angled properly to encourage it to slide off.

Keeping these small maintenance factors in mind can help your solar panel street lights last longer when the sun is hidden behind overcast clouds. If you’re still unsure of what the best angle might be for your panels, or if you’re thinking of finally making the jump to solar powered outdoor lights, feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to assist. Remember, if you’re in a “cold” state, solar panels actually run more efficient and light tends to bounce around more than usual because of the white surface of the snow. It’s just another reason why solar is really catching on across the world–it can be used almost anywhere.

Portable Solar Lighting Systems

The Versatility of Greenshine’s Portable Solar Lighting Systems

 

Portable Solar Lighting Systems

Lighting often times seems simple enough; put lights on a pole, connect them to power, and voila! Your area is sufficiently lit for whatever you need. It turns out there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to lighting. When you walk through a park or down a paved walkway and lights adorn each side, we invite you to take a moment and look at how they’re constructed. What kind of fixture is at the top of the pole? How is the light pieced together? Is there a battery block at the base? Is the light pole sturdy and cemented into a foundation (we hope it is)? These are just aspects of lights we don’t even mull over in our day-to-day lives, but as it turns out a lot of thoughtful care and planning has been put into something as simple as a bulb at the top of a pole. If you think about how we use light, lighting fixtures can be an interesting subject–certainly not as enthralling as your favorite television show or a tied football game with 3 seconds on the clock, but we like to get brains thinking about how difficult it may be to install lighting in a public area. Thoughtful planning, meticulous construction, safety measures, power connectivity, controls, placement–we at Greenshine are familiar with it all. But thankfully enough, we’ve actually designed systems to skip a lot of the grunt work that it takes to establish a lighting system. Let us take a moment to express why solar powered portable lights are superior in many ways over traditional lighting systems–you know, the ones stuck in the ground connected to power. What we’ve produced here won’t be winning any awards, nor will it be featured on the “Best Blog Posts to Read” list, but we’re sure you can learn a thing or two after you’re through with this brief read. Here’s why portable solar is super.

Security from a Portable Solar Lighting System

We start with what’s most important. Lighting brings about security, but sometimes it’s a matter of what kind of light which really matters most. If you hang a 60W tungsten bulb connected to a flimsy wire on top of a ladder, you won’t be lighting up much except for a security guard’s face when they laugh. You need “oomph.” It’s also important (depending on the job) to combine “oomph” with portability. Need specifics? Check out when the city of Lake Elsinore used solar powered portable lights to illuminate their construction projects as well as their parking lot. But why does that matter? Well, the city saw a decrease in crime due to the boost in security. Plus, the lights served multiple purposes–some were moved around their construction site so their shifts could run 24/7.

What’s important is illustrating the dual aspect of these portable solar lighting systems. They’re incredibly versatile since they can be relocated to virtually any location in order to get proper lighting. Their light is powerful enough that it deters crime and increases security. Imagine having a grounded, immovable light system just off from where you need it most–with that in mind, it’s easy to illustrate these kinds of solar powered portable lights are superior to older technology. They’re perfect for the needs of businesses that need light in their parking and construction lots.

More Than Just Security, but Peace of Mind

We’re sure there are parks somewhere in “the wild” without sufficient lighting, and so it’s often advised not to travel them at night for fear of the unknown. It might be the case that whomever is project manager for the park hasn’t been able to afford trenching to bring electricity to the area, and so perhaps the park doesn’t operate at night–or it does, just with unsafe conditions! Trenching the area, installing traditional lights, connecting them to power, maintaining them, and footing the energy bill is costly and time-consuming. What to do if there isn’t enough lighting and not enough money to bring to the area? Turn to solar.

Once again, Greenshine stands by their products as not only “light” on the wallet and great for the environment, but as crime-fighting lights that give peace of mind to friends and family. Rest assured that if there are family members in a public area, our portable solar lighting systems are there to provide security so that parks and playgrounds are enjoyed ‘round the clock–or at least until it’s time to come in for dinner. Plus, the best thing is you can move the portable lights where you need them!

Portability for a Business–One of the Biggest Needs

We know the challenges that project managers and experts face all the time when it comes to something as simple as lights. In the past, we’ve helped out military convoys that needed light to cross a dangerous bridge. We’ve assisted logistics companies in their efforts to get equipment from A to B. We even accelerated one retail store’s timeline for opening up shop by installing our systems. The reason for our success lies in the portability factor for our light systems.

Our portable solar light towers are actually easier to move than you might think–some need a forklift to move around, and others can be moved easily with two people! There isn’t a need to rent very heavy equipment just to move the lights to a different location. That versatility alone is often what people enjoy the most about Greenshine projects. Imagine digging up a connected light, disconnecting it from power, digging again to plant the pole, reconnecting the power–it just isn’t practical or cheap! That’s why we develop our portable solar lighting systems. Convenience, price, portability, security, and great for the environment when compared to coal or fossil fuels.

As we’ve said before, there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to lighting. The next time you’re outside and under public lights, think about what it really takes for those lights to get there. And if the lights you find are solar powered portable lights, rejoice in that moment you’ve found a modern technological feat. Solar lights are the unspoken marvels of today’s lighting sources.

Greenshine is starting a revolution in power with a primary focus on what the sun brings us every day. For those out there that can’t afford to trench for electricity, take a look at our products. For the project managers that wince at monthly energy bills, consider what we’ve got in store for solar lighting. For the teams that need to move a light just 15 feet and can’t practically do so, we’ve got you covered. Join us in our revolution of power, portability, light, and convenience. Take a look at our products and contact us if you’d like to learn more. Your lighting needs are met; we just need you to give us the “all clear.”

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3 Common Problems Solar Adopters Have with Solar–and How to Resolve Them with a Solar Power Generator

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We’ll show our hand of cards today and admit that solar isn’t perfect, it’s just better than fossil fuels. But when constructing a solar lighting project for wherever light must be, there are some small difficulties planners and project managers might run into in regards to solar panel placement and other snags. We’re here to help! Greenshine has been into solar for a combined 3 decades and knows what’s around the corner for a lot of projects. Let us be your eyes for this journey since we know the pitfalls.

Power Your Outdoor Solar Lights with a Remote Panel

Probably the most apparent “problem” of solar is that it’s unsightly. Even with our decorative lights, a solar panel perched somewhere on the light pole isn’t very attractive. Whatever decorative fixture might be on the top of the pole certainly looks lovely, but the panel itself just sticks out–a dark, flat panel with a generic, unappealing look. Nobody ever said solar power was attractive. But there’s a way you can preserve your light aesthetic, stay green, and save some green all at the same time.

If you power your outdoor solar lights with a remote panel, there’s no need to have the solar panel up on the pole. Using a solar powered generator located in an inconspicuous location can beautify your light pole while harnessing the power of the sun. You get the best of all worlds–cheap, renewable energy (provided every sunny morning), a low-cost technology to power a light, connected to a remote panel generator that hides the ugly part of solar tech. Congratulations, you’ve won.

Relocate Your LED Lights Where Needed with a Separate Solar Panel

We love trees; we’re Greenshine after all, so anything that speaks green to us is a positive aspect of our corporation. However, trees can often be culprits for solar power since they tend to block what solar panels thrive on: the sun. If you have a mini-forest in the area, that can definitely spell doom for the maximum potential of your solar panel power. If your panels are sitting in too much shade, it’s time to think about powering your LED lights with a separate solar panel.

An SPG (solar-powered generator) off-site is perfect for those pesky areas that have very little sunlight because of trees. Find a spot that is secluded but open enough to maximize your solar time, and you can be certain that your solar lights will still be running for days even when the sun ducks behind an overcast sky. Keep your park or public areas populated with trees and well-lit at night with a separate solar panel.

Not Just Lights…But a Wealth of Other Applications

If you’re enjoying your solar spot light with separate solar panel lighting up the night with virtually endless power, don’t forget that your solar generator is portable and can be used almost anywhere. So if your lights are portable as well, remember you can have flexibility with your installations and how they’re powered. In short, an SPG moves with you.

We hope we’ve shed some light (pun intended) on finding workarounds with powering your outdoor solar lights with a remote panel. You can hide them around inconspicuous corners if needed, use them to help solar panels gain charge in the midst of problematic sun-blockers, and you can take them anywhere with you! We’re Greenshine New Energy, a solar LED lighting company dedicated to being lighter on the wallet and the planet. Contact us to learn more. You might just save some money.

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What’s the Need of a Solar Motion Detector Light?

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Solar powered devices, like LED lights, tend to do two things very well; they save money on energy usage and they have a smaller environmental footprint because nothing is “burning.” That’s clear to everyone whether they’re a solar user or not. But there’s an application for solar lights that isn’t always considered in the vast options for solar lighting installations. We try to strive for convenience when it comes to lighting at Greenshine New Energy, so we’re taking solar to a new level by discussing the positive points with solar outdoor motion lights. There’s convenience in the details, and we discuss them below.

Using a Solar Motion Sensor Light for Convenience

Imagine you’re in the middle of a field and it’s darker than midnight outside. There’s a set of lights nearby, but they don’t have remote controls to turn them on and you misplaced your flashlight. Fumbling around in the dark trying to find the controls on a panel isn’t favorable when you could simply just walk near the intended area and have your lights blink on effortlessly.

That’s the “power” of the solar motion sensor light! Coupling a light with a motion sensor provides convenience where there isn’t, and light when you need it the most. Skip fumbling around in the dark to find a switch or configuring complex remote controls; we’ve got you covered with lights that blip on when you’re near ‘em!

Not for Just Convenience, But…

Sometimes it isn’t a matter of being able to see your surroundings that’s the greatest concern—it’s also being able to see what’s nearby. Security lights play a large factor in certain applications, and it isn’t practical for any light to stay on 24/7 (unless you enjoy spending gobs of money on energy bills or want your solar lights to burn out quick). That’s why using a solar motion detector light is a fantastic idea to ward away vandals and anyone with a negative intent near your area of concern. Our solar lights have saved the day for many, and it’s just another application for our products that we’re happy to be a part of.

Convenience, Safety, And…

When a solar motion sensor light is used, you can be sure to use the energy you need when you need it and not when you don’t! Using a sensor is the easiest way to conserve even on the most abundant energy source available for us–the sun. Plus, a light coupled with a sensor is ideal for passive maintenance. Less use on the solar battery, less use of the light, and less use of the entire system overall ensures longevity since you only use the system when needed.

That’s about the gist of how solar outdoor motion lights are some of the best in the business–they’re on when you need them, off when you don’t, and they draw the energy from the sun. We call that a win-win-win situation, where you get a product that fits your needs perfectly. It’s just one of the things we do at Greenshine–pairing products with people for perfect solutions. Contact us to learn more.

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Which Decorative Solar Street Lights Are Best for Me?

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We’re sure decorative solar street lights aren’t on your mental list of topics to talk about with friends over a round of drinks next weekend. It’s not trending in the news, nor are influencers tweeting out about lights because it’s the new craze everyone’s into. However, we recognize that lights are needed some times, and those times you need a decorative light to make your property look appealing. Maybe it’s the case you’ve got a pathway you want lit, or perhaps you’ve just planted gardenias and you want to highlight them for those guests visiting. Whatever the case may be for your decorative lights needs, we’ve got some tips on what to choose if you’re the kind that wants to light up the night while saving some dollars on energy.

What Kind of Light Works Best for Me?

You’ve probably browsed your local hardware store with an entire aisle of fixtures, bulbs, housings, and a myriad of other gadgets that don’t quite hit the mark for what you’re looking for. If you’ve got a pathway, small park, or even a little garden you want lit, and dragging an unsightly cable out to the light doesn’t do the job (we don’t like cables either), go solar. Here’s an option we like to stand by. Figuratively *and* literally.

We’ve got the Lita decorative outdoor solar light that combines a lot of features into one. First, it’s clearly decorative. The shepherds hook arm on top of the pole (up to 14 feet high) points directly downward to illuminate small areas like pathways, or those gardenias you love to talk about with your friends. Plus, a 10-20 watt LED fixture powered by the solar panel above it is enough to really make your area shine with power to last for about a week after full charge from the sun. Just keep in mind that your light battery must be buried for this kind of light, so if you’re working with dirt, you’re in the clear.

Are There Any Other Lighting Options?

Maybe your garden is a little larger? Or perhaps your current lighting situation isn’t enough to cover all that you need? Or maybe your garden is covered with concrete and you can’t dig to place a battery? If Lita isn’t your perfect choice, we’ve got other decorative solar street lights that are meant for larger areas. The Greenshine Classica is a bit of a larger light fixture with a pole up to 15 feet high and a light fixture rated at 30 watts. There’s an “acorn” style light fixture, different from the shepherd’s arm for the pole, but the pole and light fixture are much larger. Plus, this decorative light is still rated to last a week after a full battery charge!

What’s The Cream of the Crop? The Best? The Brightest?

So if you’ve seen our decorative options and they don’t make the cut, we’ve got more in store. Do you need something brighter, bigger, and sturdy enough to weather several storms? Take a gander at some of our largest decorative hanging solar lights, the Lumina series. With bulb wattage up to 80W, a 26-foot maximum pole size, and different hanging light fixtures to choose from, it’s the beast of the best. These decorative solar lights are often used in public areas that need a lot of coverage and a mighty pole to last a long while.

We hope our selection for decorative solar lights narrows down your choices. It saves you a trip to the store and you’re not given hundreds of options to select from. We at Greenshine New Energy take pride in our simplicity, knowing that we’re the top in our field when it comes to affordability, reliability, and, well, we like to boast a bit about how our lights look too. Contact us for more information.

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Ways to Enhance Security by Using Solar Powered Lighting Systems

solar powered LED security lighting system

Proper lighting enhances security. That’s an indisputable fact that we stand by. We’ve managed to turn around several crime-ridden areas with a range of our standard light fixtures. We’ve even given examples of how solar lighting improves the rural lifestyle. Sometimes, however, businesses of a kind need something with a bit more punch when it comes to light. Having a lit area doesn’t always make the cut for the needs of a business, and so it’s important to have the right kind of hardware combination to keep equipment and valuables safe. Proper lighting enhances security, but sometimes it’s not enough.

Enter Solar Powered LED Security Lighting Systems

It’s one thing to be illuminated in the act of crime via a bright LED light above the person in question; it’s another thing for them to get away with an act of vandalism without any information for authorities to work with. That’s why it’s possible to pair our solar powered security lights with cameras to ensure the protected is illuminated. You can rest assured whomever might be tampering with your property won’t be at large for long once they’ve been caught on camera.

The Advantage of Solar Powered Motion Lights with Security Cameras

The good news is that our particular security lighting systems use Light Emitting Diode (LED) lights. These kinds of amazing lights waste little energy as opposed to tungsten, incandescent, CFL, high-pressure sodium (HPS), or generally any other kind of light on the market since LEDs have virtually zero heat output. They don’t require any connection to a power grid with the solar panel functionality, and so you can couple them with security cameras just about anywhere necessary (provided the area gets sunlight). Plus, LED technology has developed to outlast CFL and incandescent bulbs. We’re sure a cost of 15 cents per kWh is enough to make some wallets and their owners happier. And when it comes to security, If someone happens to trip the camera’s motion sensor, the light immediately blips on, revealing their identity on camera. Your valuables could be under threat of the next vandal, so consider upgrading whatever lighting you currently have to ensure your equipment is safe and sound.

More than Just a Matter of Light

Sometimes lighting isn’t just a matter of illumination but proper illumination. High-pressure sodium lights and similar lighting technologies typically have poor color reproduction, especially when it comes to footage on cameras. If you want to go beyond theft deterrent to ensure the maximum safety, be sure to use a solar powered LED security lighting system. The color reproduction with LED lights is much more accurate than other technologies–you’d be surprised how clothing colors look under an HPS light vs LED. The stark differences matter when it comes to giving a description of someone and what they’re wearing. What may appear to be a grey hoodie and brown pants are really a white hoodie and black pants in the proper light.

We’re known for solar lighting pretty well; it’s something our team has had a knack for working in with over 30 years of combined experience under one roof in Southern California. We also like to be thought of as crime-fighters–people that bring safety to places where there isn’t any. We certainly don’t wear capes or have secret alter-egos, but rest assured that if you’re using our lighting systems with cameras to enhance security, you’ll see a difference in safety, color, and savings. Just don’t ask where our superhero lairs might be located, that’s confidential. Contact us to learn more about our solar lighting options.

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5 Comparisons of Batteries for Use in Your Outdoor Solar Lights

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One aspect of switching to solar lighting that’s always of unease for new solar adopters is the type of battery used to power the light. Many of our customers want to get specific benefits out of the battery while prolonging the battery life and remaining “green friendly.” There’s also questions of maintenance required, physical battery profile, average charging cycles, and overall cost per watt. Some of the tech jargon can get a little confusing, but it’s important to remember all batteries are not created equal. Here’s some information below which goes into detail why Greenshine uses some batteries for outdoor solar lights over others. We’ve saved the best for last.

NiCd Not a Prime Choice for Solar Lights

NiCd (Nickel Cadmium) batteries are likely one of the worst battery choices on the market for use in solar lights. There’s debate in the “battery community” about what’s called the “memory effect” with NiCd–these kinds of batteries are meant to be charged fully and depleted fully. That isn’t what happens often with batteries meant for outdoor solar lights, where there’s a constant charge-discharge with the cycles of day and night. The memory effect alters the battery’s voltage levels to shrink over time, where the battery “forgets” the highs and lows it doesn’t often charge to. Plus, cadmium is a highly toxic metal which defeats one of the purposes of solar lights–to reduce the environmental impact that the use of energy may have. We know most project managers just prefer something that saves money over time, but why not go both routes?

NiMH Closer, but Still No Cigar

NiMH (Nickel Metal-Hydride) technology is a better choice over NiCd batteries when it comes to the environment, but there are still some pain points with this selection. A NiMH battery still requires a full discharge from time to time, which isn’t friendly to maintenance requirements–we’re sure someone doesn’t want to get the task of discharging every battery in a parking lot light configuration. Plus, these batteries tend to generate heat! Not a side-effect desired in the middle of a park on a hot summer day. Skip NiMH for better solutions.

You Might Think Li-Ion Batteries are Best, But…

Think again. Li-Ion (Lithium Ion) batteries, most commonly found in small electronics like cell phones, are actually more dangerous for applications like outdoor solar lights because they need a protection circuit. We doubt park management would desire large hazards to power their public lights. Plus, the battery size required for solar light applications aren’t wallet-friendly! They’re costly to manufacture, which defeats the purpose of solar–not much of a point to switching to inexpensive solar if the battery is expensive.

How Does Lithium Polymer Fare?

Lithium Polymer batteries are best used in small electronics like their Li-Ion brethren. They’re often mass-produced for cost and are advantageous in small spaces, like the back of a cell phone. However, they have low energy density and a decreased cycle count, prompting more purchases over time. Plus, with a steep price tag for manufacturing, the cost over time to replace batteries doesn’t justify their use for solar.

And a Lead Acid Deep Cycle Gel Battery?

Last on our list, the lead acid battery is actually best for solar! Here’s why: they’re incredibly cheap for their cost-per-watt hours which reduces the price for solar power significantly. Lead acid is a well-understood, reliable technology that requires very low maintenance. Plus, it has a very low self-discharge rate and it works best with partial discharges, not full ones.

We’ve done the research and know the best batteries for the job–a lead acid gel battery charging is best out of all these batteries for outdoor solar lights. It’s cost-effective, doesn’t require much maintenance, doesn’t need a discharge, and almost has a set-it-and-forget-it technology. It’s just a part of why Greenshine New Energy is proud to be a leader in solar technology. We’ve done the homework; we just need your approval to move forward. Contact us to learn more.

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3 Advantages of Solar Power vs Grid Power: An In-Depth Look

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It’s said that Superman gets his powers from absorbing the energy of the sun. We like to bring that commonality up when discussing differences between solar power versus grid power. Using the world’s largest and virtually unending power source to fuel the world’s lighting is something Greenshine specializes in–apart from sharing similar traits with one of the greatest superheroes of all time. To many, however, the differences may not be clear between these two power sources–grid and solar–so we’re here to inform, educate, and leave you speculating about where the future of solar power might head. Hint: it will be much more abundant in our near future.

Solar Power over Grid Power Any “Day” of the Week

We’ve already listed out one of the greatest advantages of solar power; solar panels harness the power of the greatest energy source in the world. It’s superior in cleanliness over coal and fossil fuels; it’s virtually limitless; it has a much smaller ecological footprint than “burned” fuel; devices like off-grid solar lighting systems aren’t dependent on wirings or mass-connected lighting systems; and solar power is cheaper to implement than traditional grid power. Every year, we’ve seen significant price dips in solar power panels and increases in how efficient they convert light into energy.

On-Grid Power is Costlier than Off-Grid Solar

Our sales specialists here at Greenshine love to tell the story about a correctional facility they improved recently. Somehow a cable that shouldn’t have been touched was struck and their entire lighting system went dark. We’re sure wardens would shudder at hearing an entire prison facility going dark–security is the first problem coming to mind. It turns out that in order to fix the single power blip in their power grid, they needed to find the rogue wire, dig to where the wire resided, and then repair it. The facility was looking at a 60 thousand dollar price tag.

Thankfully, solar for the correctional facility was an option. Greenshine demonstrated that on-grid power vs off-grid solar is much costlier, and they developed a solution that was less than half of the price tag for overhauling an aged and malfunctioning on-grid power system. The savings of such a system primarily are due to avoiding digging a trench to connect to on-grid power sources and then covering the trenches back up; off-grid solar doesn’t need connectivity. The savings are up front as well as on energy bills in the future.

Off-Grid Solar Systems are Independent

We’re sure in the past you’ve experienced mishaps where a transformer has blown or been knocked out via some horrid storm, and suddenly the lights in the immediate area die. Productivity stops, safety drops, and people sometimes get into a small panic. Well off-grid solar lighting systems are independent to grid power, and so whatever happens to the system doesn’t affect solar! It’s a nice benefit to using a system that is powered via the sky’s furnace. Plus, each device is self-sufficient so if one fails, the rest continue to operate. Solar means self-sufficiency.

We take pride in using the sun’s energy to fuel our lighting systems. Solar is turning cheaper, increasing in efficiency, and turning into the future’s best method of lighting. Be like Superman and pull the power of the sun–maybe then you can find what superpowers the sun bestows. They unfortunately won’t be x-ray vision or super-human strength, but perhaps the power of flight fueled by the light of the sun.

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Many Want to Know: How Are Solar Street Lights Installed?

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You’re here because something propelled you to search for solar lighting. Maybe you’re the one responsible for the next lighting project for your company, and the budget you have in mind is tight. Perhaps you want to change your company’s energy consumption habits and “go green,” as they say. Maybe you just have burning questions about how solar street lights are installed. Regardless of the reasons behind what brought you here, our esteemed guest, we’ve prepared a guide on how to install solar street lights. We’re happy to shed some light (pun intended) on the inner workings for solar lights–what’s involved, how they function, the whole kit. You’ll still need your manual for solar light installation, but we’re skipping the dry parts. You might learn a thing or two about these lights and hidden benefits you weren’t aware of. Read further to learn how to install a solar street light.

Safety First: Clearing the Area

You’ve already made your choice on what solar lights you want (and if not, give us a call), so then it’s a matter of doing the job. As with any lighting project, it’s best to keep everyone who isn’t involved in the project out of harm’s way by taping or roping off the area your new lights will shine in. You never know when someone wandering might wander far too inside of your site and turn a project into a liability. Safety first always, so keep the tape around the area you’re concerned with.

Safety Still First: Ensure You–and Everyone Else–is Protected

Erecting a pole for a solar light means you’ll be putting metal objects in the air that have the potential to fall. Falling objects can be dangerous to you and your crew, so use your head and cover it, too. Hard hats, gloves, clothing that provides full coverage, and nothing hanging loose are all safety standards for you and who you’re working with. Remember, the goal is to construct a light, not send someone off to the hospital because of carelessness.

Time is of the Essence

With this procedure for solar street light installation, there are multiple factors that define the timespan per light. A proper time estimation for construction per light, initially, is about 2 lights per hour working with proper crews and a foundation that’s already set. Just make sure you have enough sunlight beforehand so you’re not caught with the sun dropping below the horizon–while you’re installing a solar light that’s designed to prevent such situations from occurring.

Everything You Need for Installing a Solar Powered Light

Your manual will list out everything that comes within the box of the solar light, so go through each box and ensure you have everything that’s listed, all the parts and the tools you’ll need. No tools, no light. Once you’re set with everything you need, it’s time to think about proper positioning for your new solar light. The fun

Solar Lights Need Light, So…

Start surveying the area to determine where the best place is to ground the solar panel. Keep it away from high heat sources and water. If it needs to be near water, the batteries must be placed above the water line–light and power go well together, but certainly not water and power. It’s often said that the best direction to angle the solar panel is in a southwest direction for maximal sun exposure. Of course, keep the line of sight free–there isn’t much of a purpose of solar light if the panel is sitting in the shade of a tree.

Foundations are Foundational

Having an uneven foundation will surely spell a short life for your solar lighting project, so communicating with a contractor is key in establishing if a stable foundation can be poured, what kind of soil is around the area, and what kind of concrete must be poured. It’s recommended to wait a week after the concrete has been poured with the PVC tube in place for the light to set the light up. Ensure the foundation is flat with a hand level–if not, do not move forward until the contractors have ensured a level surface.

Gotta Study a Bit, So Hit the Books

You’ve got the safety measures in place, the tools you need are handy, the materials are all ready, you’ve planned out the specific location and angle for your solar light, and the foundation is poured and dried. Before you start assembly, you’ll need to study the electrical diagram first especially if this is your first solar light installation rodeo. You’ll notice what colors are for what purposes and why some cables are shorter than others (some are used for temperature sensing, so don’t clip those). Keep this diagram in mind for later when the actual wiring begins.

Assembling Your Solar Light and Fixing the Fixture

You’ll need to lean the pole on a support that’s high enough for the fixture. Pull the fixture wires through the fixture hole, where your battery box will reside. Then the fixture arm attaches to the pole with your provided bolts and nuts. The fixture wiring goes into the fixture to the appropriate connectors, and then the fixture slides onto the fixture arm. Tighten the bolts on the fixture so that it’s sturdy. Contain your excitement–there’s plenty more to go before your light is fully functional!

Let’s Go Solar

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Before the solar panel goes on the light, you’ll need to assemble the mounting brackets together into an assembly with the provided nuts and bolts and then adjust the elevation angle for the angle frame–the specific angle should have been provided on your Greenshine quote, but if not, please contact your salesperson. Once the proper angle has been determined, fix the angle frame to the bracket with bolts. Lay the solar panel down (blue/black side down) onto a protected area, pull the solar panel cables through the assembly, and then affix the mounting brack to the solar panels using bolts and nuts. If you’re lost, please refer to your manual for graphical guides.

Once the bracket is affixed, connect the cables from the solar panels to the panels coming from the pole, and ensure the waterproof connectors are well-connected. We don’t want water leaking into wiring for obvious reasons. Test the voltage of the panels using a multimeter (while there’s still light out) and then slide the solar panel bracket onto the pole. Adjust it so it faces the equator when it will be stood up and then secure it with bolts. We’re officially solar!

Power Up Longer with the Battery

Next, the battery needs to be installed. Pull all the cables through the pole hole, mount the battery box onto the pole, and then route the cables through hole on the battery box. Mount the stainless steel enclosure onto the pole with U bolts. The battery is done!

Pole Hoisting Ahoy!

Fix the hex nuts and flat washers onto the anchor bolts (2 for each) and then use a crane to hoist the pole to put it on its foundation. Affix the pole to the foundation and ensure the pole is straight with a hand level. Use a torque wrench to lock all the nuts. The pole is up!

If you want to check and see if the solar panel is connected correctly, disconnect the solar panel cables and the LED light fixture should turn on after a few minutes. Refer to your manual to check the electrical connection for your battery–the wiring can get a little complex.

En Conclusion

We hope this brief solar street light installation guide is informative. Be sure to check your provided manual for more information on battery connections, maintenance, and other information you’ll need to keep your investment running a long time. Feel free to contact us as well if you have any other questions!

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3 Facts About the Use of Solar Power You May Not Know

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We understand that it’s difficult to justify costs for new solar panel lighting, especially if project managers and check signers are rooted heavily in traditional lighting methods that have been cost-effective for years. It can be a little scary making the leap from one method towards another when the return on investment isn’t clear. Simply put, the facts about solar aren’t always apparent. We invite you, our guest, to consider the facts below and think about how solar can positively impact a decision financially and ecologically. Besides, the power of the sun per NASA is rated at 1,368 Watts per square meter at a distance of one astronomical unit (basically from the sun to the Earth). Why wouldn’t you want to take advantage of that?

Solar Panels Have Increased in Efficiency to Above 20 Percent on Average

Solar power is actually older than many realize; the development of harnessing solar power was introduced in the mid 1800s when Alexandre-Edmond Becquerel discovered the photovoltaic effect. The first solar cell was less than 1% efficient with total power output. Modern panels are over 22% efficient–quite a change! As this technology develops and strengthens over time, we may see a jump in efficiency to 50 percent in the near future, an exciting threshold for universal energy. Every year we see progression towards solar technology that’s cheaper and more efficient. It’s just a matter of taking that small risk and jumping on the solar bandwagon.

Solar Energy is Incredibly Clean…and Solar Panel Lighting is Cheaper Than Ever

We have access to a virtually unending power source that can justify the price for solar panel lighting in a matter of years. Solar energy has zero impact on health and can reduce pollution and waste from oil and coal-based energy. Plus, the price per wattage produced by solar paneling has dropped to about 3.50 USD, a drastic drop of about 74 dollars from the 1970s. It’s a source of energy that’s cheap, clean, and renewable (at least until the sun dies out, we think). Why wouldn’t someone consider it for their next energy project?

It’s Not Just a Daytime Concern

A pain point for a lot of people considering the switch is what might happen when the sun doesn’t shine. After all, solar power is dependent on the sun, and when the sun isn’t around there’s concern about power sustainability during winter storms and cloudy conditions. Numerous corporations have stepped forward to invest in solar power storage, so those concerns of a powerless world during the darkest times of the year are shrinking. Many solar LED lights today utilize gel-cell deep cycle batteries that retain enough energy to last for days during the winter–and that doesn’t even address how long a solar power plant could sustain power. Plus, solar panels don’t require direct exposure to the sun to harness the energy. Even overcast days provide some kind of energy to gather and use.

Up front, the costs for solar panels may seem daunting and unapproachable, but using the sun’s power to fuel something else will eventually cover the cost for the panels themselves. The future of energy is pretty clear; we are trending towards an energy revolution with the sun at the center of it, with clean, cheap power for everyone to harness and use.

If you’re wondering if  solar power is the best avenue for your next lighting project, consider Greenshine. We are leaders in solar LED paneling with combined experience of over 30 years and over 5,000 installations spanning multiple industries. If you’d like to be a part of the growing energy revolution, feel free to contact us to learn more. Be the first on your block to harness the power of the sun and be an example of what the future holds for us all.