There have been great strides in the development of the LED technology over the years. They have become more durable, cheaper to produce and much more versatile. Conversely, the older types of lighting, namely the incandescent lights have pretty much reached their zenith years ago and could not be perfected any further.
So, what happens when you combine the fledgling technology of solar lighting with the efficiency of the LED type of lighting? You get amazing results and revolutionary results in both conservation of energy and cutting the costs of maintenance. Take the example of solar LED parking lot lights that are cropping up all through the USA. The solar collectors store energy in the batteries which is then used to power the LEDs during the night. All without being attached to the central electricity grid. This is possible due to the clear advantages of the LEDs over the other types of lighting.
The modern LED converts up to 95 percent of the energy to light, with only 5 percent of it lost to heat. Compare that to an incandescent light bulb, which has the exact opposite percentage. 95 percent of energy is lost in the form of heat, while only 5 percent creates visible, usable light. This sort of energy efficiency enables the LED to be combined with the solar energy.
LEDs are a product of the modern era; the era which is conscious of the effects of toxic chemicals to our planet. It is therefore not surprising that the LEDs contain no toxic elements. Compare that to those fluorescent ones. Fluorescent bulbs contain mercury, which is known to be highly toxic. The disposal of such bulbs is strictly regulated by most developed countries, and is an expensive one. If not disposed of properly, the fluorescent bulbs are a threat to the environment.
The LEDs are very efficient when it comes to light output. The light is focused in the direction you need it to go, so there is no loss of light. With traditional types of lighting, the light is distributed evenly in every direction – the light is dispersed and wasted. Furthermore, the LED draws significantly less power. An 84 Watt fluorescent bulb gives off as much light as a 36 Watt LED. That’s more than a double wattage. That is what makes LEDs ideal for solar lighting in parking lots, streets, or offices and homes.
In addition to all the advantages listed prior, the LEDs are actually a lot more durable. There are estimates that LEDs last up to 6 times longer than traditional lights. This can probably be attributed to the fact that they operate at lower temperatures (remember; only 5 percent of the electricity is turned to heat, as opposed to 95 with other types). With the longer life span, you can count less bulbs will have to be produced yearly, which is contributing to cutting the carbon emissions from the light bulb production industry. And any amount of greenhouse gas reduction is a victory. There is an added bonus here as well; the cost of maintaining a LED-powered infrastructure will be reduced, too.
The real-life example of solar LED parking lot lights is fairly simple. More durable light bulbs that send more light to the selected areas with less power consumption. And the upkeep is free of charge, since solar energy is used instead of the electricity from the power grid. Sounds good? Consult Greenshine Solar for a free consult.