This may seem obvious, but there is more to location than meets the eye. Going solar means that you are optimizing your energy efficiency, but reducing Knowing where you plan to place your solar fixture is integral to the installation and system process. When you begin to plan your solar lighting project, the exact address and township located where you are placing the system will inform what kind of power system is required for your location. And yes - solar lighting will work even in the rainiest and snowiest of cities like Seattle and Wisconsin.
Timing is everything - especially when it comes to solar lighting. Before one begins budgeting money for a solar system, know how long the lights should be running for. The duration of time a lighting fixture is set to turn is a factor taken into consideration when experts choose how powerful a system will be. Here's a quick tip: for pedestrian lighting appliations, consider using motion sensors. At Ember LED, we embed motion sensors into our eSHINE Street and eSHINE Area fixtures to optimize lighting efficiency and provide the most powerful light for as long as necessary, whenever it is necessary.
Without experiencing Solar LED, it may be surprising how a low wattage light can be as bright and powerful as they are. For example: at 50 watts, Ember LED's eSHINE area fixture will emit over 5000 Lumens. In order to assess how much light and power an application requires, it is good to consult a Solar LED lighting expert. Check out Ember's North American Agents map in the upper right hand corner of the page to find a sales representative by state, or call us directly at 201 228 0880 so we can find out more about a project's details. See our blog post on over-lighting to learn about the dangers of using overly bright fixtures.
There are a few things to consider when it comes to determining how high the fixtures should be when one is not retrofitting existing poles. When a bright Solar LED fixture is placed close to the ground, strong light will be focused in a central location. However, when placed at 20-30 feet above the ground, that same fixture will distribute light evenly over a large distance. Be sure to choose a lower wattage fixture when placing a light at a lower height to reduce the amount of concentrated light in one area and ensure environmental uniformity. Check out Ember's Blog post on environmental lighting to learn about why uniformity is integral to maintain circadian rhythms!
What is the purpose of the Solar LED fixture? Is the project for a pathway, park or playground? It's important to choose a fixture specific to the project's needs. Ember LED's Pathway fixture is the perfect option for a park or sidewalk, whereas the eSHINE Area or eSHINE Street fixture is more appropriate for roads and parking lots.