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Ways to Enhance Security by Using Solar Powered Lighting Systems

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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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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 Reasons Why Solar Lighting Improves the Lifestyle of Rural Residents

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Living in a rural area can sometimes be more difficult than living in the city; there’s always concerns of limitations on standard resources. We often don’t think about where power comes from when we hit a light switch since it’s an afterthought for those of us living within a city. Some homes in rural areas, however, aren’t even connected to a sufficient power grid to supply their fields with light, and so there’s a need to find power elsewhere.  For that reason, solar light panels are often the pick of the crowd for lighting fields and farms. It’s not just a concern of power, however; solar light can improve the lives for rural residents. Here’s how:

Solar Panel Lights Skip on Trench Building for Power

For farmers and rural residents to install traditional lighting, there’s a question of how to properly route power to a power meter and the costs involved—how long of a connection must be made, how deep of a trench, and the labor involved in digging a trench just to have proper lighting installed. These costs, depending on how complex the infrastructure, can easily rise into ranges of several thousand dollars. And that’s just the trench, if the trench can be built.

It’s a no-brainer that solar panel lights require no external power to function properly; installing a costly power grid just isn’t a viable option for farmers and rural residents when you consider the financial impact. That’s why they turn to solar. The operation to dig, install, and maintain traditional power lighting heavily outweighs the low-cost installation and maintenance that solar provides. We’ve got plenty of examples to check out if you’re skeptical of the cost benefit.

Save Money Long-Term by Using Solar

The price of energy is always a concern, especially in localities where it isn’t abundant. A recent report by EEFA (Energy Efficiency for All) reveals that families in rural areas spend a higher percentage on energy than average families. The time to be energy-conscious with rural areas is now, and one of the best solutions to reduce energy bills in rural areas is by using solar LED lighting.

These kinds of panels can reduce the energy bill of a house over the course of a year by over a thousand dollars. A single square foot solar panel can generate 15 watts of power per hour of direct sunlight. On average, a solar panel can receive 4 hours of direct sunlight per day. Multiply that per square foot of panels you have per day, and the savings add up over time.

Safety and Life Quality on the Rise with Solar LED Lighting

Violent crime rates have actually increased in rural areas in the past few decades. Lack of employment and shrinking farms have contributed to a rise in crime, and rural communities are suffering the effects. Even the opioid crisis has struck some communities, and so it’s important to support rural areas through all possible avenues—even with lighting!

Ensuring some rural communities have strong lighting is one method of increasing safety. A recent study published on LEDs Magazine detailed a study about several communities participating in public lighting programs. The conclusion of the study noted a 39-percent drop in crime rates with new lighting systems. Plus, proper lighting can extend leisure time outside for families and friends—something we all can benefit from.

The benefits of using proper solar LED lighting panels are abundant for rural areas since they avoid costly trenching, save on energy bills, and improve safety where crime might be higher than we think. All signs for the best possible lighting solutions point to solar LED panels—take a gander at what we’ve got to offer for your farm and contact us if you’d like to learn more.