Solar LED lighting systems are extremely low maintenance, which makes it a popular lighting choice for businesses looking to save money on energy and installation fees. You may be wondering:
Why don’t solar lighting systems require the same kind of maintenance that on-grid electric lights do?
More people are choosing to light their sites, streets and sidewalks with solar LED technology. Why? Because it saves time, money and energy! Here are the 5 main ways you cam save when you choose to light your site with solar technology:
1. ZERO INFRASTRUCTURE.
When you choose to light your new sign, roadway or street with solar LED technology, you are eliminating the costs that come with expensive wiring, digging, trenching and other infrastructure requirements. Not only does this eliminate the money spent on permits and labor, it eliminates installation time, too! Ember LED's solar bollard fixtures can be installed in as little as three hours.
2. LOW MAINTENANCE.
Solar LED lights are guaranteed to last. Unlike HID lights that require frequent replacements and yearly maintenance fees, Ember LEDs solar panels don't need your constant attention and concern. You can rely on Ember LED's solar system stability to function in rain, snow and wind without worrying about when you'll need to replace a fixture or panel. At Ember Led, we offer a 20 year warrantee on our solar panels, and our LED lights last over 150,000 hours. So you can forget about the added fees of maintenance and repair. We've got you covered.
3. NO ELECTRICITY COSTS.
Electricity costs vary from location to location. In 2011, NPR wrote that the average price persons pay in the U.S. for electricity comes to about 12 cents per kilowatt-hour, and households average about 908 kilowatts-hour each month. For commercial property owners, this might indicate thousands of dollars alone each month to light a property or site. However, when you choose solar LED lighting technology, there is NO monthly fee! Once installed, Ember LED's panels will work off-grid wherever necessary, as long as necessary, 365 days each year. There are no electricity fees because solar systems are powered entirely by the sun!
You may know that solar energy is good for the environment, but how exactly does it work? Ember LED is here to explain the science and engineering behind solar technology and how our architectural and commercial grade systems are able to withstand intense weather conditions while maintaining high performance quality for as long as necessary, 365 days each year.
IT STARTS WITH ‘P’
Solar panels function to harness the sun’s power and generate continuous energy through photovoltaic cells. Photovoltaic cells, or PV cells, are devices that convert light energy into electric energy, and contain materials called “semiconductors” that absorbs the sun’s heat. Through this process, electric fields that force electrons to move are freed by light, thus creating the power solar cells produce.
STORING THE POWER
Power generated by the solar cells are housed within batteries that are stored within a unit connected to the solar panel. Our gel batteries perform well in high and low temperatures and enhance the durability of specified solar systems. Batteries can be placed within battery boxes attached to a small poles, or integrated into our eShine Solar Pole. These systems integrate our eShine solar panel, battery box and vShine lighting fixture into one minimalist inclusive piece. Its clean aesthetic provides incorporates beauty and function to power landscapes, signs, paths, parks and lots. Finally, our ePole’s adaptability allows for easy installation and specific solar placement dependent on site location.
A key benefit to the functionality and of solar systems is that they are wireless. Solar panel are not hooked up to any other power source because they harness 100% of their power from the sun. This ability to “go wireless” means that light can be harnessed in remote locations to generate power and is generally much less expensive to install when compared to wired electric lights. Digging, trenching and other disruptive infrastructure endeavors bear heavy weight of the cost when it comes to new lighting installations. By utilizing solar, it eliminates the requirement of wiring.
Did you know that solar power can be generated on cloudy days? It is a common misconception that solar energy cannot be generated outdoors on cloudy days. Although the sun's power is less strong on days with a foggy overcast, the sun's rays are great enough to reach architectural grade solar panels even when the sun is not visible through the clouds. This is how it is possible to generate solar energy even in the most cloudy locations like Seattle, Portland and Washington D.C. Check it out here.