6.14.21 - Posted in Education
The Benefits of Pairing Solar Panels With LED Lighting Systems
If you want to reduce your utility costs, installing solar-powered LED lights can help you achieve that goal. When you power LED lights with solar, you generate and use renewable energy, thereby reducing your consumption from the power grid. Let’s discuss how solar lighting systems work and the advantages of using them for your facility’s lighting.
How Solar-Powered Lighting Systems Work
When you power your commercial lighting system with photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, the panels capture sunlight and turn it into usable electrical energy. How do solar panels capture sunlight? Most PV systems’ solar panels are made up of crystalline silicon layers that contain positively charged spaces and negatively charged ions. When sunlight passes into a panel, it activates the electrons and pushes them into those positive spaces, where they generate electricity. This electrical energy is consumed by the LED lighting and excess is stored in an energy storage system such as a lithium-ion battery. That stored energy can be used later when required. For example, the energy can be utilized during evening hours or when the grid fails.
What Types of Solar Lighting Systems Can You Install?
Many types of solar lighting systems have become available in recent years. You can install outdoor solar lights, including solar flood lights, lanterns, lamp posts, streetlights, motion lighting, and pathway lights. These outdoor lights draw energy from the solar storage battery to light your facility’s outdoor spaces. However, you can also install solar-powered LED interior lights that light your indoor spaces throughout the day and night. Solar-powered interior lights work best in parts of your facility that receive regular sunlight. You can also install a hybrid solar lighting system that uses a combination of solar energy and electricity from your area’s grid to light your facility. Each of these systems has its pros and cons, and Helios can help you determine which system best suits your lighting needs.
What Are the Advantages of a Solar Lighting System?
Solar-powered lighting systems provide many advantages to the facilities that use them. These advantages include:
- Cost Effectiveness: Solar panels and light systems have a high initial cost, but they have much lower costs in the long run than traditional electrical systems do. A solar lighting system lowers your utility costs, and you can redirect those saved costs towards your business’s core functions. These may include improving safety of the work environment, enhancing business efficacy and productivity, or advancing your holistic sustainability profile
- Versatile Installation: With so many solar light fixtures available, you can choose a range of solar lights for your facility and change them as your business grows. You can even use portable solar lights when necessary. One benefit of transitioning to solar lighting is how you don’t have to commit to one type of light.
- Easy Installation: With the right clean energy partner, you can install a solar lighting system easily and effectively. Then you can begin saving money and reaping solar energy’s benefits.
- Automatic and Remote Functionality: Use your mobile device to control your lights. This feature allows you to control your lights from anywhere and reduce your facility’s energy usage when necessary.
These are just some of the benefits that solar-powered LED lighting systems offer. Reach out to Helios today to discover more benefits and advantages.
Why Partner With Helios?
Helios is here to help you implement solar lighting that reduces your utility bills and makes your entire facility more energy efficient. The fact is, many organizations do not consider power quality while undertaking energy efficiency or clean energy projects, and in large facilities, this must be considered. How new lighting impacts the power quality of a building, or vice versa, is at the forefront of our Team’s mind as we work to integrate the appropriate solution.
With Helios, you have an energy partner who integrates the fundamental aspects of solar lighting into our core processes. We understand how a solar-powered lighting system benefits your facility, so we can help you develop the right solution for your commercial building or campus.