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How to Improve Bike Trails and Paths with Solar Lighting

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In the mid-1980s, an interesting movement happened across the nation where activists, historians, park groups, and similar people banded together to found an organization dedicated towards repurposing old rail corridors into public paths for everyone’s enjoyment: the Rails to Trails Conservancy was born out of this desire to connect people, develop public areas, and increase health. Today, the Conservancy is highly active all over the US and headquartered in Washington. It’s movements like these that Greenshine loves to promote because of their efforts in developing bike and walking paths, but it’s important to know that a trail itself isn’t enough–these trails wouldn’t be complete without adequate lighting fixtures to stay on when the sun drips below the horizon. Here are some ways that solar lighting for paths is excellent to increase safety for those commuting on foot or bicycle.

In Need of Solar Light from Above

Theft-Resistant Light Design

You might think that any kind of light will do just fine for a bike or walking path, but that couldn’t be further from the truth; the LA River Bike Path used to use grid-connected HID light fixtures for their path lighting until park officials noticed that vandals were stealing the copper in them and rendering the lights useless. The City of LA quickly switched to solar and saw a significant decline in vandalism since solar LED lights are very theft-resistant. There’s no doubt that vandalism happens on desolate pathways, especially when there’s something as valuable as copper to be stripped away from a light (copper theft is an actual epidemic in the US). That’s specifically why solar lighting for bike paths and walkways is ideal–the wiring is hidden inside of the pole, and the batteries that store the solar energy can be placed high atop the pole out of reach of vandals and thieves. Plus, Greenshine path lights are built with hot-dipped, galvanized, powder-coated steel poles. If anyone wants to try and vandalize the poles, well…let’s just say the pole will win. They’re the best in store for solar bike trail lighting.

Darkness = Danger

Without adequate lighting, a path’s topography isn’t easily discernible, nor are potential obstacles in the way. For bikers, this can spell accidents, collisions, and injury quickly. According to Lake County’s (Florida) former bicycle coordinator, Bruce Mackey, more than 60 percent of fatal bike accidents occur after 6 PM when there isn’t proper lighting in the area of concern. It’s feasible to close park and trail hours before 6 PM, but that doesn’t mean every guest or commuter will be off of the trail around that time. Using solar bike trail lighting with extended park hours is the best practice.

Bike Paths and Trails–Far too Distant for Power

Get Power without the Cable

We’re sure a large percentage of trails and paths in the US don’t have adequate lighting, and for good reason: it just isn’t practical to connect a path light to the power grid, especially if the trail is several miles long and distant from any kind of power source. The average cost to dig 100 feet of trench to wire lights together is nearly a thousand dollars (on the cheap end). One mile is 5,280 feet. If you’re planning on lighting even a single mile of pathway, trenching can potentially cost you 60 thousand dollars. That’s just a single mile for the pathway and specifically why we vouch for solar path lights–you can save the project budget 60 thousand per mile by using solar path lights. That doesn’t even account for the distance from the first light to the nearest available power source. It just isn’t practical nor budget-worthy, especially if the path in question is far away. One of our recent projects detailed how our solar lights illuminate a floating dock area–the project was far from any power grid connectivity (several miles). Plus, wired lights typically all go out if one of the lights has a connectivity problem.

Effect on Wildlife and Surrounding Areas

Solar is More Minimal Than You Might Think

Environmentally sensitive areas are definitely a concern when it comes to new lighting project; it may be the case that a particular area needs light only at certain times of night–perhaps specifically just for the time that a public park is open so that wildlife at night isn’t disturbed with bright LED lights. One of the greatest features for solar bike trail lighting is that these particular lights can be controlled any way desired. If they need to be “full brightness” between 5 PM and 10 PM and then shut off after park closure, the light controllers can be adjusted to that specification.

Grounds Conservation

No Trenching, 100% Grounds Conservation

We’ve seen plenty of examples where new lighting projects tore up park grounds and destroyed beautification efforts just to install wires. The last thing as a lighting company we would want to do is bring harm to any environment, which is specifically why we’re in the business of solar lighting for paths and parks. Each solar light is self-contained, great for the environment (no usage of fossil fuels), and has little effect on surrounding areas. Parks won’t need to have any sensitive areas torn up for wiring purposes, and the LED fixtures contain zero hazardous materials. Some lighting fixtures contain mercury, which needs proper disposal and can potentially damage the environment. Our LED fixtures are built with Cree LEDs which are 80% more efficient than traditional fluorescent or incandescent lighting technologies, so beyond the fact that we use an entirely renewable source of energy to power our lights, the use of power is highly economical.

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Pulling power to a path in the middle of the desert? Not practical. Solar is more practical.

As a leader in the solar LED light market, the lights we manufacture are prime for use as solar bike path lights. We’ve got 30 years of combined experience under one roof, and we love to put our heads together to develop the safest, most economical lighting solution for your path, park, or bike trail. Let us know what we can develop for you with our solar solutions–you’ll find Greenshine is quite delightful!

 

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What are the Processes Behind Manufacturing a Solar Light?

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Solar lighting is a bit of a modern marvel. Sure, we don’t often think about the manufacturing process of a solar light, or how a light is installed, or what fuels the light fixture to begin with. Those topics often take less priority when we’re trying to meet up with friends at night to catch the latest blockbuster movie or television show. But if you think about it, there’s a little bit of magic that happens inside of the components of a solar powered outdoor light. What we don’t realize is that the mundane is actually quite fantastic, and it’s hidden in the inner workings of the solar light as a whole. Here’s how the most important components of a solar light come together to reproduce the light given to us from the Earth’s largest bulb in the sky.

Solar Panel Manufacturing

The manufacturing process with solar lighting (the method that Greenshine uses) starts with silicon. A vast majority of photovoltaic materials are manufactured from silicon because it’s an incredibly abundant resource, making up about 25% of the Earth’s crust by weight. A silicon “seed” is dipped into a large vat of melted silicon and slowly rotated to draw out the purest silicon substance, which eventually hardens into an ingot. From this long cylinder of hardened, pure silicon, extremely thin slices are cut from the ingot and then prepped to have solar cells installed on them. This particular process is extremely slow and somewhat wasteful of silicon since the ingot is often trimmed down–but it produces the most efficient panels on the market.

Why are ingots trimmed?

Ingots are trimmed down in such a way to reduce as much silicon waste as possible, but also to shape the wafers so they fit properly onto a solar array small enough to be supported by a solar light pole. Thankfully, the wasted silicon can be re-used into other panels. Typically the excess is added back into the solar cell manufacturing process for poly-crystalline solar cells–a less-efficient solar technology, one that isn’t used for our solar lights. Greenshine utilizes only the most efficient materials on the market for solar powered outdoor lighting today. Does it take longer to produce mono-crystalline wafers? Yes. Does it produce more silicon waste? Yes, but that silicon is used in other solar panel products. Is it time consuming, expensive, and tedious? Yes, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. That’s what sets Greenshine apart from competition.

Working with LED Lights

LED light fixtures aren’t “one kind fits all.” When it comes to solar powered outdoor lighting, we focus on a lighting brand that delivers in three aspects: light quality, longevity, and energy efficiency. Cree LED lights hit those three aspects with flying colors, so to speak. Here’s the breakdown for each aspect and why these lights are perfect for pairing with a solar panel.

The Quality of Light

An average color temperature per light fixture we target is 4000K, commonly referred to as neutral white. It’s important to have accurate color reproduction, especially in public. The ability of a public light to accurately reflect an object’s true color is referred to as color rendition, and other light technologies don’t really score well when discussing that topic. LED produces the best color rendition for subjects illuminated under the fixture. Need convincing?

For comparison, the image listed here is of two vehicles sitting under a high-pressure sodium (HPS) light. Believe it or not, the vehicle on the left is red, even though they both appear to be black. That’s what bad color rendition results in; colors that aren’t reproduced accurately. And, honestly, ugly lighting. When searching for your car in a sea of potentially hundreds of others (we’ve forgotten where we parked too, sometimes), it’s nice to perceive the color of your car as it’s meant to be.

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Believe it or not, the car on the left is red.

Longevity

LED light fixtures are designed specifically to last. Since LED lights operate with what’s known as solid state lighting, a lot less heat generates from the light source (as opposed to sodium-vapor methods). If you need a demonstration, check out Cree’s video on how a chocolate bunny melts under an incandescent light. Of course we’re dealing with much larger fixtures when it comes to outdoor lighting, but it’s nice to know that LEDs are built for longevity because they produce significantly less heat than other lighting technologies. LEDs can potentially last over 100,000 hours. That’s over 11 years. Some cars don’t last that long.

Energy Efficiency

Signed into law in 2007, the Energy Independence and Security Act established an efficiency standard for lighting, stating that bulbs and fixtures on the market needed to utilize 25% less energy. Thankfully, LED lights at this time were well on their way to being affordable and viable for use in public areas under this standard. LED lights today are approximately 80% more efficient than most other lighting technologies! Since they’re much more efficient, less energy is required to produce the same amount of light, costing less. It’s a literal win with LEDs and energy efficiency, which is why we pair them with our solar powered outdoor lights.

Bottom line, we’ve done the research to determine the best LED lights on the market for use in our solar lights. The trifecta of success–efficient, color accurate, and long-lasting–is perfect for use in solar lighting fixtures wherever lighting is needed in parking lots, parks, streets, pathways, or other places.

Greenshine New Energy has been in the solar lighting business since 2007, and every year we’ve seen improvements to light efficiency, solar technology, and significant price drops for both–panel installation prices have dropped over 50% in the past decade! Our crack team of engineers can design a solar outdoor lighting system to fit your lighting needs and budget. We’ve saved companies hundreds of thousands of dollars via lighting solutions that save on energy usage, trenching, and wiring. Contact us for a professional consultation and see how we can save you green by using green energy.

 

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An Example of How Outdoor Solar Lights Benefit Schools

outdoor solar light fixtureOne of the greatest aspects about Greenshine’s outdoor solar lights is our versatility when it comes to where our lights operate. It’s probably the case that you’ve even come across one of our several thousands of installations in the United States. There are, however, more unique projects under our belt that really “shine,” so to speak, and we’re proud to talk about them here. Beyond the parking lots, pathways, streets, and park installations, Greenshine New Energy recently installed solar outdoor light fixtures at Rairok Elementary School in the Marshall Islands. It was one of the most successful projects the company had since a lot of the islands utilize diesel power generators–not the cheapest or cleanest options for power generation.

The Benefits of Solar Lighting on Marshall Islands

Not having any lighting near the playgrounds for Rairok Elementary was a clear problem for childrens’ safety, so Greenshine developed a system of solar outdoor light fixtures in order for safety measures to increase. The engineers at Greenshine designed a 9-light Brighta-40 system coupled with mono-crystalline solar panels to capture the sun all day long and keep that light going all night long. Coupled with Cree LED bulbs, this lighting system was incredibly efficient at taking the sun’s power and turning it back into usable light for everyone to enjoy. The entire system provided over 50,400 lumens with a much more accurate color reproduction than incandescent or high-pressure sodium lights, effectively lighting the area. In addition, the grounds were kept intact because the system didn’t need trenching or wiring. This saved the school significant sums of money.

The Best Lighting Solution for the Money

The outdoor solar light fixtures installed at Rairok Elementary solved the problems of the school by providing cheaper, cleaner energy pulled by energy-efficient solar panels and used by cost-efficient LED bulbs. It’s just simple things like lighting that can “brighten” even a student’s day while keeping bills low and budgets intact. We’re proud to offer the best lighting solutions for the money, not just for Rairok Elementary, but for many other clients as well. If you’d like to be next in line to save money and light up the night, contact us to learn more. The future of lighting is cheaper thanks to solar, and we’re happy to be a part of it.

 

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How Temporary Parking Lot Lights Improve a Business

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We’ve been in the lighting business for several years, so we tend to come across some quirky cases of lighting needs. Lighting isn’t always the easiest project to work with around the block, but the good news is that these kinds of projects can be managed easier than you may think. When trying to solve problems of logistics, sufficient lighting, pole placement, which technology to use, and whether or not your project will need lights that can be relocated, it’s important to consider all options. That’s why Greenshine New Energy has one of it’s largest problem-solving solutions for any business entity or city that needs lighting: temporary parking lot lights. Here’s a brief into to these modern marvels of radiance.

Light the Lot with the Best on the Block

The beauty of these temporary lights (we call them Portas, a very fancy name) is that they can be moved around with forklifts to place wherever needed. Sometimes projects in parking lots need sufficient lighting in different spots, and installing permanent lights stuck in the ground and wired to a grid just doesn’t solve the problem of being able to see when the sun isn’t out. Sometimes light needs to be in a different place at a different time, and so portability is a factor. We’ve had a similar case in the past where our customer deterred crime, finished their project, and saved money. We’ll call that a win for the books, all because we thought that companies would need temporary parking lot lights in order to finish their projects. We’re happy to be in business for business using these special lights. But how do they work?

Ultra-Bright LEDs Are the Secret to Success

We use solar LED lighting in order to get the best results. Our in-house wizards decided to combine energy-saving LED lights coupled with solar panels to create portable temporary parking lot lights to illuminate whatever is needed so people can work around the clock. Pulling energy from the sun and re-using it not only makes for a unique light solution, but it also saves on energy bills significantly. One of our customers couldn’t afford digging into the ground to trench for wires, and we saved them over 90 thousand dollars with our solar LED lighting solution, certainly not some pocket change lost in the couch. These lights have high lumen output per watts, meaning they’re brighter with less energy consumption. They’re perfect for any public light.

Solar Lights are the Future

Solar technology used to be incredibly inefficient, but that isn’t true anymore. With an average yield of about 20 percent energy return and a drop in manufacturing costs over the past several years, solar has been paving a way for a newer, cleaner energy. While it’s likely secondary to project budgets, timelines, and bottom lines, using renewable energy in the form of temporary parking lot lights is something to feel good about. You’ll see safety increase, bills disappear, and perhaps even commuters stop to comment that your business has gone green. It’s just a part of what happens when you stick with solar LED lighting trends that we’re setting for businesses throughout the US.

If you’re in need of temporary parking lot lights for your business to complete projects and bring sufficient lighting to your public area, you’re in luck. Our Porta series does just that, and we’re fully prepared to provide a quote for your business. Join us in the trend of going green, increasing safety, saving money, and pleasing your boss with solar LED lighting today. We can’t wait for you to check off the lighting project on your “to do” list with glee.

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The Lowdown on LED Lights

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You may have heard the term LED before tossed around in computer lingo or “geek speak” as they call it, but there’s less geek to the truth of what an LED is. A light-emitting diode has been a popular light source in technology, consumer electronics, and even traffic lights. Thankfully today, LED technology has evolved to useful applications such as solar LED parking lot lights. Here’s some background on them and how they developed into what they’re used for today.

Where Did LEDs Come From?

The rise of LEDs started with the discovery of electroluminescence. The first LED was developed in 1927 by Oleg Losev, although there was no application for such an early light. The first LED with visible light was actually produced in 1962 by Nick Holonyak. Since then, small developments in the technology for LEDs have seen the device blossom into technology used in every day life, such as remote controls for consumer electronics. They only had capability to emit infra-red light, but they certainly weren’t powerful to light anything like a parking lot. However, eventually the technology developed to be perfectly paired with solar power so that eventually we could develop solar LED parking lot lights for businesses, cities, and public entities. But why does that even matter?

Parking Lot Lights and How LEDs Have Changed the Lighting Game

It turns out LED lights are perfect when paired with solar power because of their low energy consumption and brightness. LED lights use significantly less power than incandescent bulbs and have a greater lumen output than filament lighting. It’s basically a much higher “return on investment” when it comes to how much light is produced per unit of energy put into the bulb. When you add solar power to the mix, you’re combining an endless supply of energy, a low-energy consumption bulb, and a high lumen output. A trifecta of positives wrapped into a solar lighting solution with multiple applications. But what does that mean for a business that invests in solar LED parking lot lights?

Fewer Bills, Fewer Headaches

The biggest impact when you combine LEDs with solar power is that savings go skyrocketing. Businesses we’ve helped in the past have saved several thousands of dollars because they dodged the costs of trenching and wiring. We’ve saved cities and municipalities a wealth of money by using solar mailbox lighting and other projects that cut costs and put money back into business development. The savings secret is in the solar design; each solar LED light is independent of power and thus doesn’t need trenching, wiring, or connectivity to operate. Combined with low energy costs (virtually none) and high-lumen-output bulbs, we think we’re onto something. Several other businesses do as well.

Solar LED Parking Lot Lights in a Nutshell

A fully-operational, self-sufficient, high-output, low-energy, cost-effective parking lot light using LED bulbs–we think that’s one way businesses can save some green while going green. It’s all because of the combination of solar power and LED lights; two modern marvels combined to bestow light upon public areas. It’s a little bit of genius, we think. Contact us if you’d like to learn more about how solar LED lights can save you gobs or read up on the technology we use.

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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.

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

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.