We’re sure you’re familiar with solar energy. It’s been used over the past several decades to power plenty of apparatus–calculators, watches, battery chargers, plenty of stuff. But what you may not realize is solar energy is being used in some of the most mundane (but necessary) technologies that we don’t even realize are around until they’re gone. Solar energy is fantastic in the application of solar street lights because it’s clean, abundant, and it helps people see when they’re not able to. This extensive introduction to solar LED lights will demonstrate the many ways that these modern marvels of technology are fantastic for any place that needs lighting. We’ve been in the business for decades and are prepared to show you how solar energy can turn dark places into shining examples of the future–how green energy saves money, protects us from harm, and reduces the carbon footprint for future generations. This 12-minute read is comprehensive, but we’ll make it just as entertaining as it is informative! Read on!
The Application of Solar Street Lights: Many Ways to Light Up the Night
Parks and Recreation
It wasn’t even a year ago that a lighting project in Phillips Landing, located in Laurel, Delaware became a strong example of how solar LED lights can really pack a punch for parks and recreational areas. A nature park a little distant from neighboring communities was in desperate need of rejuvenation. A lot of boaters and fishers would commute to the area in the early hours of the morning to get their catch for the day, but they were always hampered by darkness since there wasn’t sufficient lighting in the area. Flashlights helped, but something centralized and stronger was needed for the boat ramps for the nature park. After much deliberation, city and park officials banded together to revamp the park amenities. They turned to Greenshine for a solution.
It turns out the lights that Greenshine installed were a perfect application of solar street lights for the nature park. The nearest power source for the park was about a mile away, and trenching for power just wasn’t a viable option practically nor financially. The project was reaching over a million dollars already, and so cost-effective solutions were on the radar. The lights needed to be self-sufficient and free of ties to the power grid. Greenshine’s Brighta Type III solar LED lights were a perfect match for the park. They allowed commuters to go out on their boats early in the morning and return with ease. Imagine trying to launch a boat in the darkness–not the easiest task! But with Greenshine’s help, commuters can safely attend the park and fish if so desired.
One of the largest benefits of using solar LED lights in a park setting is because of park beautification. When archaic, traditional lighting fails, solar is the best option. The reason is that digging into park grounds can be an unsightly thing. But don’t take our word for it–here’s some proof!
The photo above is of a project to install a stoplight–not exactly the same application, but the idea is the same. The light company had to dig into the sidewalk and re-pave over it, then place hazard cones in the area so people would avoid the dangerous spots. Imagine that kind of look in a park! That’s why proper street light application is prime for parks (or really any environment)–it keeps the grounds looking fresh instead of paved over from recent installations!
It’s a no-brainer that lights help with security. We’re sure you want your cars parked in brightly-lit areas, and that’s why we’ve developed lighting systems specifically meant for parking lots–another great solar light application. These lights, highly tuned and specified to blip on at specific times, boast an extremely high color rendering index (80) so that more natural light hits the illuminated subject. What does this mean for security? Under an HPS lamp, a red car tends to look black! The high CRI for LED lights reveals more natural color, so in the event of an incident that compromises security, visibility isn’t lost.
In addition to a high rendering index, solar street lights can be paired with motion sensors and cameras to add to high security in remote locations. In the event that motion is detected from a sensor, the solar lights can instantly turn to full brightness and capture the object in motion–whether it’s a critter or criminal. That’s just another street light application that really “shines,” pun intended. A recent project that Greenshine completed was a parking lot in a loading zone for Siemens. Vandals roamed the area and were stealing some equipment. After we installed several Brighta light systems, the vandals relocated. The lighting system boosted security in the area saving the corporation several thousands of dollars from theft and property damage. Plus, the company saved even more–65 thousand dollars to be more specific–since they didn’t need to break into the concrete for light installation. It’s one of our most successful projects to date since it demonstrated how versatile these solar lights can be.
Several weeks ago, Los Angeles International Airport suffered a major power outage and the backup generators failed! Such an extreme power mishap like that doesn’t happen often, but it’s good to know that there’s technology around that operates without reliance on a power grid if the grid were to fail (since it did). That’s just another street light application that fits perfectly with airports–although there were many other problems that the terminals faced, having a set of solar LED lights would have been a strong idea for the area since it left commuters and traffic in the dark–literally! Unfortunately, there weren’t such lights available for the airport at the time so crews had to work for several hours straight restoring power for guests and commuters.
What works great for airports are also mobile solar towers. These can be easily wheeled anywhere on terminal grounds to bring light where there typically isn’t. When not in use, they can be wheeled back to their origin and then left in the sun to recharge–or left out for a semi-permanent lighting solution. These behemoth towers take the energy from the sun and re-use it in the LED lamps on top of the tower. Built with the most technologically-advanced Cree XPG-2 LED bulbs on the market, mobile solar towers are built to illuminate and last.
Another airport project in Santa Monica that Greenshine knocked out recently was the replacement of an archaic lighting system for Santa Monica Airport. Their system of parking lot lights was failing and in horrible disrepair. The light pedestals were still in place, but the wiring system underground needed to be replaced. Not with solar! The installation job was incredibly quick since the poles worked well with the pedestals in the parking lot. It saved the customer gobs of money and time. It’s just another street light application that works perfectly.
We couldn’t be more excited to get a phone call or lead when it comes to a construction project. Why? We’ve served plenty of customers over the years with solar LED lights. Lighting during construction can be quite costly, especially if you need a generator that burns fossil fuels, needs constant maintenance, requires refueling, and causes several cases of tinnitus for nearby workers. Construction sites don’t need generators for lighting, especially when it comes to solar! Skip the loud noises and constant upkeep–set up a portable solar light and forget about maintenance for the next five years. Move the light with a forklift wherever you might need it to work in bright, uninterrupted light. Another recent project, parking lot lighting for Lake Elsinore, needed temporary lighting for their construction projects. Not only did our lights provide a large illumination spread for working, but they also deterred the vandalism of their emergency response vehicles and other equipment–crime dropped to zero incidents. This application of solar street lights was one of the most successful for Greenshine–it stands as an exemplary project for our lights since the city used them in multiple ways to illuminate grounds and keep equipment as safe as possible.
Greenshine recently had a project where residents of Gila River were against any kind of digging–the installation grounds ran into peoples’ yards and having a crew dig into the dirt just wouldn’t have worked. Plus, they wanted a lighting fixture that looked highly similar to the older lighting systems in the area. Greenshine provided a Lumina system that met their needs, saved them money, and kept the grounds from ugly trenching. It’s projects like this that really matter–meeting all needs and keeping areas safe for residents at all hours of the night.
Mailbox and Canopy Lighting
Solar LED lights work anywhere for whatever reason needed! Another one of our recent lighting projects was solar lighting for mailboxes at Camp Pendleton. Residents weren’t able to see their mailboxes at night for their homes, and since the area was already built trenching to connect power for a lighting system would have restricted access to important email and would block people from parking in their own spaces. Plus, the bill would have been several thousands of dollars more! The most feasible solution for Camp Pendleton was to install solar mailbox lighting so residents could properly see their mail–and get to it too! The project managers and residents were heavily pleased with the result.
Solar lights fit in those odd categories of lighting–we’ve even installed lights for busy bus stops in the past. These projects, although not as common, represent unique ways of how solar street lights can be applied and how they operate in virtually any environment. Plus, their aesthetic design blends in with residential environments, adding a touch of lovely decor. You won’t get ugly technological contraptions installed to light up the area!
Yes, Greenshine has even installed solar lighting on military bases! China Lake needed a new lighting system since their old wiring had failed, and the closest connection was too far to draw power from–the project costs would have been through the roof! The lights in question were meant to illuminate fighter jets for display–an awesome sight to behold at night! Greenshine was able to install 6 Supera lights in the area to illuminate the jets. Not only that, the military base reduced its overall carbon footprint and saved several hundreds of dollars from energy usage–on top of the costs saved from trenching! Just another perfect way that solar street lights can be applied to get the job done, making all parties happy.
Solar LED Lighting in a Nutshell
As before, solar LED lights:
- Are incredibly versatile
- Can be installed nearly anywhere
- Save customers thousands of dollars
- Save an exorbitant length of time
- Are positive for the environment
- Last longer than traditional lighting
- Reduce pollution and toxic waste
- Make your city, business, or residential area more attractive
- Increase safety, security, and fun for everyone!
At Greenshine New Energy, we know the business inside and out. We have lighting engineers ready to take your call or prepare your quote for a new commercial lighting project in the works. We can develop a simulation of your project as soon as we get details and turn it around to you in less than a day. As you can see, solar LED lights work almost anywhere, in any configuration, to save clients money and reduce headaches. As one of our salespeople recently said, “they just work!” See how you can save your business, city, or residential area mountains of mulah by investing in solar lighting today. Drop us a line today for a free quote and see how we can reduce your lighting bills for years to come!
Or, if you’d like, check out a demonstration on how to make a concrete foundation for a solar street light below!
Thanks for reading!