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How Does Solar Power Lighting Work?

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So perhaps you’re in the market for solar power lighting, and you’re curious about how it works. You’re in luck! Greenshine New Energy has a collection of over 30 years in solar lighting experience, and we’re here to give you the details on how this technology has surpassed regular lighting methods. This 5-minute read will give you a brief overview of solar energy, how it works, and how it can solve problems of expensive lighting.

How Solar Powered Lighting Works

The Tech Without the Jargon

We’ll skip out on the super techy stuff. Solar power is generated directly from the sun’s rays striking a thin wafer that’s (usually) made from silicon. The silicon is prepared in a vat either by heating it directly (poly-crystalline) or by drawing out a purer silicon ingot (mono-crystalline) through a process called the Czochralski process. Either of these kinds of solar cells (commonly referred to as photovoltaics) is great for use, but mono-crystalline panels are more efficient for solar power lighting. Sunlight strikes the panel and excites electrons in the silicon, thus generating power. The power is stored inside of a lead acid deep-cycle gel battery.

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When it comes to the actual light connected to the solar panel, sensors in the light fixture determine when the sun goes down. The light fixture blips on. From a functional standpoint, it’s pretty simple. When coupled with an LED fixture thatuses minimal energy, there’s a win-win since the light fixture draws minimal power and the solar panel power exceeds the drain from the light. It’s one of the cleanest, most reliable forms of renewable energy available. Solar power lighting is turning into a standard across the US. That’s just the basics of how solar lighting works.

There are a lot of newer technologies available right now that are exciting to the world of solar, but they’re not really ready for full commercialization yet. For instance, some solar cells are made from perovskite and have higher efficiencies than silicon, but unfortunately, perovskite cells use gold in their construction–we’re sure the price point on those cells are pretty high. A lot of similar technologies use a substance called Cadmium which is actually highly toxic and difficult to dispose of. We tend to prefer saving the environment when it comes to using solar technology, so that’s why Greenshine adheres to using silicon-based cells. They’re the most efficient on the market per dollar since the technology has been well-researched and prepared for mass marketing. Plus, it’s a lot more environmentally sound than other lighting and solar technologies. Several lamps carry mercury or similar chemicals that require specific handling for disposal.

More Cluck for the Buck

Our number-one question on phone calls is: How much does solar power lighting cost? We won’t hide the truth–on a per-light basis, solar lights are definitely more expensive. You can expect to pay about 50% more on a solar light as opposed to a sodium-based light. So out-of-pocket, one sodium light will cost about 3 thousand dollars, whereas a solar light will cost 4.5 thousand dollars. However, you’ll save long-term, and here’s why:

Zero Energy Bills

Since solar power lighting doesn’t pull power from a local power grid, you’ll save long-term since you don’t receive monthly power bills. But how much? Good question. Here’s a breakdown of specific light costs:

A High-Pressure Sodium Light running about 4 thousand hours a year will cost you a little more than 400 dollars to operate. Mercury Vapor will cost about the same. A Compact Flourescent (CFL) light will cost about 6o dollars a year, while a Metal Halide will cost 80 dollars a year, all using the national average of 10.05 cents per kwH. A solar power light will cost you zero annually. It’s nice not receiving an energy bill! It’s akin to driving a car and not having to pay for gas.

Zero Trenching Bills

With traditional lighting, every light needs to be connected to an underground energy grid. To connect each light, you’ll need to hire a company to trench. With a standard ten-light system, trenching can add on 30 thousand dollars, easily taking a modest price tag into expensive territory.

Trenching for solar power lighting costs zero. We’re sure plenty of others prefer paying zero as well.

Does Solar Power Lighting Work Anywhere?

Remember, solar lights work by pulling light from the sun. Even if the panels are obscured by overcast skies, they’ll still develop some power. There are solar panel arrays in Antarctica that are attached to a research facility. These arrays are capable of producing 10% of the facility’s power in the middle of the darkest environments on Earth. If that isn’t a testament to the power of solar, we aren’t sure what is. Greenshine has several thousand installations across the US, some even in rainy and typically overcast areas. It works as long as the lights are positioned to get some sun.

Extra Benefits

You’ll never need to worry about power outages since each light operates on its own power and isn’t dependent on a central source. If for some reason, the light pole needs to be removed, it’s a lot less hassle to lift the light via a crane than trench again for the light and disconnect it from power. Some models of solar power lighting are even movable by forklift or just two people, so if your project requires lights in different spots, rest assured that you can relocate specific models of these lights whenever you need. Plus, sometimes cities and businesses get media attention from going solar. It’s not only great for the environment, but it’s also a big hit with certain generations.

We’re happy you could stick around to learn about how solar power lighting works. As the nation’s leader in solar lighting, we’re prepared to have our engineers huddle together and develop the most cost-effective lighting system for whatever your needs are. Can’t afford to trench? Solar is your answer. Need lights that can move at the drop of a hat? We’re your go-to. Need some lights to keep your grounds secure? You’ve got nothing to lose. Contact us to learn more, or check out more technologies of solar panels. The future is shiny, and we’ve got our sunglasses on.


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What are the Benefits of LED Lights?

solar street lightingThe energy crisis for the modern age is no laughing matter; now that people are being more “green” than ever, it’s important to find methods of energy consumption that provide adequate or similar results while slashing energy bills. Truth be told, switching something as simple as your light source can significantly shrink your carbon footprint while reducing your energy bills. Using LED lights in place of other lighting technologies is a “bright idea” (apologies, we had to take the pun opportunity). Below you’ll find three ways LED lights are superior to others–but first, a bit of history about the technology behind these marvelous little electric lamps.

What is the technology behind the Light Emitting Diode (LED)?

From Small Beginnings to Small Wonders

What happens inside of an LED when it’s active is called electroluminescence. It’s a phenomenon that occurs when an electric current passes through material that gives off light. It was discovered in 1907 by HJ Round, but it wasn’t encapsulated into a practical apparatus until decades later. The first commercially available LED product was the SNX-100, developed by Texas Instruments. With thorough research and development, the marvel of the LED saw exponential light output. It followed a prediction model called Haitz’s Law, named for Roland Haitz. The little light eventually became a household technology within calculators, telephones, radios, watches, and other devices. LED lights also became staples for commercial applications that needed robust lighting fixtures for use in parking lot lights, traffic lights, and other systems.

4 Reasons Why That Matters

It’s great that the technology behind these magical little lights has catapulted in the past 50 years, but what do the benefits of LED lights matter to you? Why should a light be interesting? Here’s why:

Significant Longevity

The combination of research, design, and innovation has propelled this newer light bulb at the forefront of “green living.” A current 10-watt LED bulb can outlast a 60-watt incandescent bulb approximately 21 times its lifespan. This fact alone propels LED lights beyond the worth of a regular bulb. Plus, a 10-watt bulb can produce the same level of lumens as a 60-watt incandescent–you spend less energy and get the same result. Kind of a win-win to us!

Significant Savings

The price tag for an incandescent bulb is incredibly attractive–a dollar over LED’s hefty 8. However, the savings ring in through energy consumption and bulb price long-term. As before, a single LED bulb utilizes a sixth of the wattage in comparison to its lighting brethren, and one bulb will outlast 21 standard bulbs! We’re sure you’d prefer spending 8 dollars once than one dollar over 20 times…unless you prefer spending more money? The LED has fantastic total cost of ownership (TOC) since they last much longer than competing bulbs.


LED lights apply to a range of technologies other than just a bulb. They’re instrumental in displays for technology and sensory input–your television remote control wouldn’t work without ’em! They’re all the rage now for cities as well–commercial outdoor solar lights use LED fixtures because of the light’s efficiency, color reproduction, and no toxic materials. It’s all because of the technology behind the LED.


A problem with competing light technologies is the level of toxic materials used in construction of the light. Mercury, sodium, lead–all these toxic materials and more need proper recycling to keep them from harming the environment. Nobody wants mercury leaking out of a broken light fixture. But the good news is LED lights aren’t manufactured with toxic elements! Greenshine’s lights are all Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliant.

In conclusion, LED lights are:

  • cheap because of low Total Cost of Ownership
  • highly energy efficient, requiring less energy than incandescent bulbs for the same amount of light output
  • long-lasting
  • less toxic than other light technologies
  • versatile for use anywhere for a range of different applications

The benefits of LED lights outweigh the drawbacks (and beat out the competition). That’s why Greenshine New Energy is proud to use Cree LED lights–only the best–in our light fixtures for solar outdoor lights. If you’re in need of a public lighting system that uses solar power to fuel its LED lights, contact us. We’d love to hear from you.

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What in the World is a Light Fixture (and What Are the Best Ones for Solar Lights)?

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Here at Greenshine, we toss around lighting terminology all day–lumens, wattage, temperature coefficients, mono- and poly-crystalline–the jargon can get particularly heavy. We thought we’d educate the masses through defining what a fixture is, how fixture technology has advanced in the past few years, and how that matters when it comes to solar LED lighting. Check out this 5-minute read on the greenest lighting technology available.

Light Fixture Fixin’s

A fixture is defined as an electrical device that contains an electric lamp that provides illumination. It’s definitely a broad term, and yes, you can even find them in your home and outdoors on light poles. They’re considered the “main deal” when it comes to solar LED lights.  Some are pretty basic, some can get very ornate, and others are purely functional without any decorative flare. Not one fixture fits all situations though, and so we’ve dived into some of the best solar outdoor light fixtures for streets, public areas, parks, and other purposes. Just so you’re aware, this isn’t an exhaustive list of fixtures, only the best for exterior solar lights found at Greenshine.

Type II

The first fixture that Greenshine offers, Type II fixtures are slightly wider than their predecessors (aptly named Type I) so that the spread of LED light is a little broader. Whereas Type I has a very narrow band, Type II is better for sidewalks, park paths, and wider areas that see a lot of foot traffic. It’s a highly common light fixture and one of the most popular for pedestrian paths located by the roadside or in public parks. Check out an example of how our Lita line improved a pathway located in a park for the enjoyment of nearby residents.

Type III

Type III lighting systems are wider solar outdoor light fixtures meant for parking lots, wider areas of foot traffic, street lighting, and other areas that require broader lighting beyond pathways. This fixture works ideally with a lateral width of 40 degrees. These are currently the most popular for Greenshine and used on a wide variety of solar LED light installations across the US.

Type V

Type V utilizes a circular layout so that every light gets maximum exposure without specific direction. It’s suggested that these kind of solar outdoor light fixtures are used in sprawling parking lots, high-traffic streets, and anywhere where there needs to be wide, untargeted coverage. Typically these are found in larger parking lots, construction yards, and places where coverage is key.

All of these LED fixture Types work within Greenshine’s pole-mounted lighting solutions including the Supera, Brighta, Lita, and other solar outdoor light fixtures we manufacture.

How Light Fixtures Have Improved

With every product iteration, we’ve improved efficiency and price per watt. You see, the light fixture isn’t just about where the light is held. The light fixture is highly engineered by experts to maximize output, minimize potential harm to the fixture (heat can significantly reduce efficiency), and increase functionality. The newest light fixtures that Greenshine offers are 15% more efficient per watt than previous models, resulting in a brighter area of light that uses less energy drawn by the solar panel and stored in the battery. LED lights have seen a price drop of 150$ per kilolumen in the span of eight years. In 2030, who knows how efficient and inexpensive LEDs will be? Plus, since we’re talking solar outdoor light fixtures, they don’t need centralized power connectivity so you can save on trenching and wiring, which are usually very expensive tasks–some lights require approximately $4,000 per light just for connectivity. That’s no pocket change.


Vast improvements in heat dispersion have boosted LED longevity significantly. The junction temperature is the primary culprit behind the eventual deterioration of an LED light, which is raised by what’s called the ambient temperature and the drive current. Junction temperature is often managed on the newest light fixtures by high-quality heat sinks or cooling fans to dissipate heat, prolonging the life of the light (an average LED light will last about 11 years with 12 hours of use a day). Heat happens to be the #1 LED killer, but modern enhancements have drawn away high temperatures so that LEDs last even longer than they used to.

Smart Controls

One of the newer functionalities for solar outdoor light fixtures is that smart controls can be added to the mix. Lighting isn’t just a matter of being “on,” it’s a matter of giving complete control of the lights to improve longevity and functionality. A solar light can be configured to turn on at the start of dusk and slowly ramp up brightness to “full” brightness once the sun’s light isn’t adequate for an area. Each light can be configured to be “on” at a certain percentage during a specific time of day so that the target area gets as much light as it needs–reducing overall fixture and battery usage, thus increasing longevity. We’re sure solar outdoor light fixtures left on at full brightness all day won’t last as long as lights that are turned on only when needed. Plus, each light can be connected to motion-control cameras to blink on as soon as motion is detected. Smart controls and added functionality like this bring security where it’s needed most–we’ve seen vast improvements in safety for rural areas since we’ve installed some of our systems in remote areas where grid power isn’t available.

We hope this brief introduction to exterior solar light fixtures is great for anyone curious about how they operate and how they’ve improved over time. Perhaps by 2030 we’ll see even higher efficiency ratings and lower prices for LEDs. For now, contact us to learn more about what we can do for your lighting needs through the power of solar LED lights.

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The True Costs of Traditional Lighting vs Solar

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When scrutinizing the details of a project, especially the budgeting aspect of it, it’s important to consider all options available to you in order to justify the dollar. Lighting is no stranger to this; something as simple as illumination in the dark can be incredibly expensive. We know those roads well, and we’re here to see that receipt get a little shorter. Traditional lighting methods–often times using high-pressure sodium technology–can be tried and true, but we’re here to tell you about solar street light installation costs. The total bill, when compared to traditional street lighting costs, is actually significantly less than you might think. Here’s the breakdown:

Traditional Lighting Costs Are Deceptive

Initially, the costs for standard lights are attractive because they’re not paired with solar technology. But a closer look shows that you’re paying a lot more than just the lights–you have to pay for the trenching and energy bills as well. Over ten years, the prices add up. Solar beats out on the costs for street lighting by skipping out on trenching and, well, it’s fueled by the sun–so don’t worry about any energy bills. We’ve even saved a company several thousands of dollars up front on day one of installation. It’s a smart thing, that solar technology. And we’re proud to offer it without hefty bills for installation. Trenching alone can cost between 5 and 12 dollars per linear foot. Why not just skip the bill altogether?

Here at Greenshine New Energy, we’re proud to offer commercial lighting solutions that light the way towards savings and a brighter future. Be a part of the solar revolution by investing in the energy resource of tomorrow: the sun. Contact us to learn more or take a look at how our technology works for a better understanding about the costs for solar street light installation.



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The Cost-Benefit of Solar Street Light Installations

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It’s a counter-intuitive thing, sometimes, to spend money in order to save it. We’re just like you; if we see an ad on television that promises you’ll save more if you spend more, our inner skeptic kicks in and we start to wonder if we need to spend money in the first place. It’s a little different when it comes to a city project that needs lighting–unless city streets are fine without being lit (we tend to think that’s a bad idea). When weighing the cost-benefit of lighting, you may want to look at pricing for solar street lights. Here’s why these lights are cheaper in the long run.

Solar Lighting Saves You Money–Long Term

Even though solar lighting may have a larger price tag up front, what a lot of traditional lighting companies don’t talk about is the price tag listed for connectivity. Putting traditional lights up might seem cheaper at first, but once the price for trenching, wiring, and labor are tacked on, suddenly the price doesn’t seem as attractive. That’s what we take pride in with our solar energy street lights–that connectivity isn’t an issue. Often times we make a deal that saves our customers thousands up front on day one–and that doesn’t include…

Fewer Energy Bills

Nobody enjoys bills, but they’re a staple of life that won’t disappear. That’s why were also proud to mention that our solar lighting systems come with fewer bills. Why? They rely on the power of the sun. We’re sure you won’t be billed by the sun anytime soon. Thousands of our customers are enjoying that they are paying fewer bills because of each solar installation.

Take a gander at the pricing for solar street lights by contacting us today. Or, if you’d like to learn more benefits of solar power and how it can save money, check out our customer success page. We’re in business to help business, and we do it through solar energy street lights. Have an energy-filled, wonderful day.


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Solar Energy Advantages and Disadvantages (For Lighting)

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For the past week, our salespeople have been on the phone non-stop and it’s likely because a lot of our potential clients’ competitors have been able to divert funds into better business development. Our clients just didn’t realize how that was possible until they caught word their competition was able to save several thousands of dollars on lighting alone. We guess that’s what happens when the word gets out about what we do at Greenshine, but we’re definitely happy that we hit a trend. Sometimes it just takes a little bit of unbiased education for people to understand concepts that can reduce the bottom line. We’re happy to be a facilitator in that, but maybe it’s the case you’re on the fence about our projects and don’t yet know the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy when it comes to lighting, and–more importantly–how it can help you improve your business. Here’s an unbiased look at solar energy and what it means in terms of green–both for the wallet and your environment.

Solar Energy Advantages and Disadvantages

The Main Advantage is in Money (and Saving it)

We’ll give you the juicier details first. Solar energy for lighting purposes might seem expensive up front because of the extras: a solar panel, the battery, the controller, and many other small extras that don’t come with traditional lighting. So the up-front pricing may seem a little steep–we get it. But when you look at traditional lighting, there’s often pricing that wiggles its way onto bills that isn’t always scrutinized–the cost of trenching for wire. Couple that with costs for labor, and you’ll recognize that traditional is actually pricier. We’ve produced some solar lighting projects in the past that saved our client significant amounts of money on day one. We kind of boast some times about shortening receipts. It’s our specialty.

Cut the Cord, Set the Power Free

A bonus of avoiding the trenching and wiring bills is that each solar light is independent from tethered power, so in the event of a catastrophic event that disconnects power underground the solar lights will remain on. We think of it as icing on the cake when it comes to the advantages of solar. Plus, if a repair needs to happen for tethered power, we shudder at the pricing for that particular project. We like to think of solar lights as independent beacons of security, remaining on when the rest of a city lies in darkness in the event of a power outage. Cut the cord; go solar and stay on.

Solar isn’t Just for One Thing–You Can Move ‘Em

One of our solar lighting projects was a bit of a head-scratcher for a client. They needed lighting for a few reasons, a set of lights for their parking lots, and then another set for a construction site not too far away. Planning, trenching, and installing stationary lights wasn’t the “brightest” idea, so they weren’t sure what to do–until they found portable solar lights that they could pick up with forklifts and move around. Their parking lots were lit as well as their construction site. It’s just another example of why cutting the cord from traditional lighting works. Wired lights just aren’t practical for certain applications, and we take pride in filling in the gaps of practicality. That’s just what solar lights are capable of doing.

Save Money–and then Make Money

One of the biggest benefits and reasons why businesses take advantage of solar lights is because of the savings up front. However, we’re here to educate that solar also makes you money. That’s right, through certain state and federal incentives, you can actually make money from solar. Through tax incentives, solar energy credits, and certain special programs where you can actually sell excess energy, one of the biggest advantages of solar energy is that you can earn greenbacks from it. We’ll leave you to do the research on your own, but we just thought you might like to know that. In case you want to make money for doing practically nothing.

Sometimes Fame Comes with Fortune

Another interesting advantage of solar power lighting is often times it catches the attention of the media. Since “green is in” these days, some lighting projects catch the attention of the local media and can boost your public presence–all because you put a solar light in your parking lot. A quick search online can reveal all sorts of different companies, municipalities, businesses, and government entities that make the jump to solar and wind up getting featured in a news report. Fame and fortune has a nice ring to it.

…And The Disadvantages of Solar?

We’re going to lay out our cards on the table and show we don’t have anything up our sleeves. Solar energy does have disadvantages, and we won’t shy away from discussing them.

Some Wince at the Pricing

Up front, solar powered light prices are high. We aren’t ashamed to admit that. But when compared to a lot of the fees you may see with traditional lighting, you can actually save money day one by going solar. Take a look at the entire bill, and you’ll see a vast difference.

Clouds Can Be an Enemy–But We’re Prepared for That

The sun doesn’t always shine unfortunately, and we recognize that as a problem for solar lighting. Dark winters and consistent storms can definitely deprive a solar panel its energy, but the “bright” side about using the sun to power lights is that solar systems–combined with the proper batteries and equipment–are capable of lighting anything for up to a week. In stormy, cloudy places, we ensure our lighting systems are beefier to combat less light. Yep, we thought of that.

And That’s All, Folks

That’s the advantages and disadvantages of solar powered lights. We appreciate you taking a look at this brief read. Hands down, solar is the way to go if you need to light something. Your wallet thanks you. Please contact us for a professional consultation and we’ll be in touch.




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Why Solar Parking Lot Lights are a Good Investment

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Environmentally sound, easy on the wallet, and resistant to extreme weather conditions are just a few ways to describe solar parking lot lights. When they’re paired with ultra-bright, super-efficient LED lights, these kinds of lights can help you achieve energy-saving and money-saving standards unheard of through traditional methods of lighting. Here’s a few reasons why.

Reasons why Solar Parking Lot Lights are Worth it

You’ll See a Reduction in Cost

LED lights are up to 80 percent more efficient than many other kinds of lights. LEDs draw significantly less power and convert 95 percent of their supplied energy to light. Together, with solar power, they create one fantastic set of solar parking lot lights. The photovoltaic (PV) panel charges the battery during the day (yes, even in overcast situations and winter-time) and the integrated battery keeps the light burning all night. You’ll notice the change in the monthly energy bills–there won’t be any. In addition to fewer bills, solar lights require no trenching to connect to grid power–the savings are up front and over time. Often times installed solar projects are cheaper than traditional on day one because the trenching costs with traditional exceed solar.

Improved Safety in Parking Lots

Parking lots at night can unfortunately be heavy targets for criminals and vandals. We have scores of success stories of how solar LED lights have reduced crime and helped pedestrians feel safer at night. We’re happy to be a leading provider of lights that, frankly, fight crime!

Save Some Green, and Go Green

Along with stupendous benefits of saving money long-term and keeping safety high in public areas, solar parking lot lights have significantly smaller carbon footprints on the environment. These lights aren’t burning anything or releasing toxic chemicals into the air. They’re pulling power from the sun and returning it to us via LED lights.

It’s a triple-whammy inside of a perfect package–solar LED lights that save money, protect people, and remind ourselves that we have one planet to live on. Take care of all three problems by going solar today. Contact us to learn more and see how you can take advantage of everything that the sun has to offer you.

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The Cost of High Temperatures on Solar Lighting

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We hate to use a cliché, but weather isn’t a drop in a bucket. We’ve got our best solar street lighting in some of the most unkind places in regards to wind, rain, snow, and heat. We’ve even talked about how snow can harm solar efficiency in the past. For this particular topic today, we’ll be talking about how heat can affect solar lighting health and how to prevent high temperatures affecting your solar installation.

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What Heat Does to Your Solar Street Lighting Systems

There’s a bit of a conundrum in solar energy. Panels operate best where they receive optimal light, but that also suggests they receive a lot of heat simultaneously–which means solar efficiency drops. With each solar street light installation, there’s what’s called a temperature coefficient. As the temperature of a solar panel increases, the power output actually decreases. Pay attention to the temperature coefficient, which sates per every 1 degree in Celsius that the panel rises above 25 Celsius, the power output drops (generally). So if your panel is rated at a -.189 degree power rating, every degree it rises results in a .189 percent power loss. A single degree isn’t very significant, but as a panel’s temperature rises it will eventually produce significantly less power.

What to Do Against Rising Temperatures for Solar

Luckily, Greenshine New Energy develops the best solar street lighting against the dangers of high heat. Environments that reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit every now and then won’t affect your solar street lighting systems, but if there’s a constant exposure in that kind of environment, our engineers can step in and devise systems to protect from such detrimental climates.

It’s a catch-22 with solar power because solar panels operate best in sunny environments, but tend to lose power efficiency when they get hot–in sunny environments. We do our best to combat heat and find the narrow middle for our solar systems to operate. Contact us to learn more about what we can do for you.

Different Types of Commercial Outdoor Lighting


Different Types of Commercial Outdoor Lighting

Do you have a specific aim when choosing outdoor lighting? Can you tell the difference between canopy lighting, LED pole lighting, and other types of lighting? What are the applications of different types of lighting? If your answer continues to be “No”, it’s a good idea to continue reading this article.

Canopy Lighting

Canopy lighting fixtures are best for many types of facilities with outdoor overhanging canopies, such as gas stations and parking lots. Both the brightness and color of the light can be customized by changing the location and the height of the canopy, providing sufficient lighting for many different types of spaces.

LED Pole Lights

LED pole lights are another type of light that are widely used in outdoor areas of commercial facilities. They are usually used as street lights in parking lots and residential areas to provide lighting for both drivers and pedestrians.

Low Ceiling Lights

As the name suggests, these lights are ideal for facilities with low-hanging ceilings, for instance, parking garages. Low ceiling lights are also customizable to meet the different needs of specific applications.

Flood Lights

Flood lights are one of the most popular type of lights that are used outdoors. They can provide broad-beam and high-intensity light and are frequently used for sports fields such as stadiums and race tracks. Smaller flood lights can be used to provide lighting for warehouse exteriors or other smaller areas.

How to Choose

When you are looking for outdoor lighting for a parking lot, street, pathway, park, or other application, it’s important to make sure you get the right type of commercial outdoor lighting. If your still not sure what the right choice is for you, you can leave a message with us or get a free lighting simulation for your project here. Our engineers and lighting experts are available to help you with your specific case.

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Solar Lighting Basics

How Does Solar LIghting Work?

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1 Dawn: 

The voltage from the solar panel raises and gets higher than it was during the night. When a certain voltage threshold is reached the controller will detect this and turn off the light. The battery will then being to charge itself from the discharge that occurred when it was powering the light.

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4 Night time: 

The voltage from the solar panel is lower than the pre-set value. After the controller recognizes this situation, the electricity is drawn from the charged battery and continuously powers the lamp fixture. The light will stay on all night until the sun rises and the cycle is completed.

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2 Day time: 

Throughout the day the solar panels will convert the solar energy from the sun into electricity which will charge the battery. The intelligent solar controller charges the battery throughout the day and controls the current to ensure that the battery is not overcharged.

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3 Dusk: 

As the sun sets the photocell that is built into the panel will sense the voltage drop as the panels are no longer taking a charge. The battery has been charged throughout the day and is now ready to discharge and provide electricity for the lamp and turn it on. If there is inclement weather, there are at least three days backup for Greenshine’s system.