Solar Panels for LED Lights

What Are the Benefits of Angling Solar Panels Properly?

Solar Panels for LED Lights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On-Grid Power is Costlier than Off-Grid Solar

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

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

Off-Grid Solar Systems are Independent

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s Not Just a Daytime Concern

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

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

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