If you are looking for alternatives for standard lighting on your commercial property, for instance, landscape lights or a similar project, most contractors will offer you the choice between low voltage lights and commercial solar lights. If you are wondering what the difference is, and which one is better for your needs, here is a handy comparison of the two.
No landscaping venture is complete without decorative pathway lighting. If you are planning on modeling your back yard or doing any similar project, you might want to consider installing solar pathway lights, rather than conventional grid-powered ones. The advantages of not paying extra for electricity is instantly clear to anyone. However, there are some tricks and tips you might appreciate before you actually install these.
We are so used to having electricity and electrical appliances in our homes and workplaces that we don’t even think about what it takes to get the electricity from the power plant back to us. This is a complicated process and your nearest power plant may be miles or tens of miles away from you, and the electricity must travel all that way into your home or office.
Most of our electricity comes from a centralized system, or an electricity grid. This system has been in place since the dawn of electrical era, and is so ubiquitous that we have a tough time imagining a different system.
We have truly made great strides in adopting solar technologies into our electricity grid here in the USA, and we can be proud of ourselves for doing our part in reducing the global fossil fuel dependency. However, we are neither the first nor the most successful at this. Many countries, such as Morocco and Japan are very big players in this game. Another name which pops out is the European Union. They have contributed significantly, both as a single entity and as individual countries. Solar outdoor lighting is becoming more accessible to the cold northern countries as well, so it has been on the rise in the past years.
We tend to associate solar power with highly developed countries like the USA or European countries. However, there are places on this planet that have very little in natural resources, but are given plenty of sunshine. One such place is the North African country of Morocco. Located on the very north west of Africa, just a narrow Strait of Gibraltar away from Spain, this country is predominantly covered in desert. The Sahara covers large swathes of land and makes these parts almost uninhabitable, and certainly unfit for agriculture.
Do you keep your TV running all day? Are your lights on at all times of the day? Perhaps they shouldn’t be. There are some appliances that just spend a lot of electricity, and should probably be turned off when not actively used. Electricity in the USA is produced from a variety of sources, but the majority of it (around 65%) comes from burning fossil fuels. So by using electricity irresponsibly, we are promoting more fossil fuels being burned. Another important factor is the cost. If you can reduce your electricity bill by just knowing a few tricks, would you do it? Here are several household appliances that spend the most in your home.
In the USA, the Sun Belt is usually regarded as the best possible area to install solar panels, and anything powered by solar panels. However, as we wrote recently, solar panels are still effective outside the Sun Belt. However, we all know that they need the sun in order to function. So, how do solar panels cope with winter weather, including less sun, shorter days and especially snow?
There is a misconception that solar panels are only useful in the summer. This is, of course, wrong, as they produce electricity as long as there is the sun, regardless of the temperature. This is true for all devices using panels, from large, home-powering panels to solar panel street lights and everything in between.
The term ‘Sun Belt’ may not be familiar to you, but you can infer where it originates from by its name. It is a term used in the United States to denote the area of the country located roughly under the 36th parallel. It is the part of the country which gets the most sun and with the hottest climate, as it covers the entirety of the southern border.
It’s a simple question, but when you think about it a bit, the answer may just elude you. You may assume it is done automatically, but to really know what the underlying mechanism is, you need to understand how, for example, solar parking lot lights actually work.
The moment many environmentalists have been waiting for so long finally came in late 2016; installing solar-powered facilities is now more financially viable than investing into similar fossil fuel based facilities. Green technology fans – rejoice!