Case Studies & Projects

Mobile Home Park Lumina Series Project, Santee, CA:

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This recently completed installation of 36 Lumina series lights is situated throughout the roadways of a mobile home park in Santee, California. The addition of the autonomous solar powered lights has enabled the owners of the mobile home park to sever their ties to the electric grid and thus start their savings immediately. The Lumina lights at this installation use a 30-Watt CREE LED bell-shaped luminaire that disperses light in a 360-degree radius directly below the fixture. Luminance is rated at 1.4 foot-candles directly below the fixture and reaches out to a 70-foot radius where the illumination measures 0.1 foot-candles. The grid-tied Mercury vapor lights that were replaced only measured 0.9 foot-candles beneath their fixtures.
The Lumina lights are a great addition to any setting where property owners are looking to upgrade their current system and save money in the long term.

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The Lumina lights were delivered to the site and partially assembled by a local installer. Wires were run through the poles and lamp arms/luminaires were affixed to the poles prior to being set on their foundations.

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Once the poles are ready, they are transported to their corresponding foundations using a crane and flatbed truck. Poles are hoisted and quickly placed onto their foundations with minimum effort. Total time to set onto foundations takes a matter of minutes. Directly adjacent to the pre-poured/set foundations is the battery box, which can be seen in the right-hand image. Once wiring is connected, the battery box can be buried with rocks and dirt. The rechargeable 12-Volt batteries need replacement once every 5 years. Burying batteries is an option for owners as it conceals the component and protects it from potential vandalism and/or theft. Foundation hardware/J-bolts are part of the autonomous light package.

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Daytime view of the completed installation (5 Lumina lights are visible in the photo). A pleasant design for this mobile home park add potential value and aesthetic appeal to the property, which is a plus for both the owner of the property as well as for the residents.

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Daytime images of individual Lumina demonstrate the compact design of the solar panel and eye-catching design of the bell fixture with hooked lamp arm.

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Nighttime effects of individual Lumina located near various homes within the park. The light produced by the CREE LEDs is far superior to the Mercury vapor lights that were replaced. Directly below the fixtures, the Lumina lights produce 1.4 foot-candles of illumination, while the Mercury vapor lights only produce 0.9 foot-candles.

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Nighttime image looking down a street demonstrates the intensity of lights when placed nearby. Foot-candle readings measure out 70 feet laterally from below the fixture, so placing several Lumina lights in close proximity will produce copious amounts of free light for the residents and visitors alike. Increasing illumination will provide nighttime visibility and peace-of-mind for the residents as light helps to deter crime and suspicious activity.

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One Lumina at the end of one of the streets provides light that would otherwise not have been cost-effective to install with grid-tied lights. Being that the lights are autonomous, they can be placed virtually anywhere that the sun shines and a foundation can be set. No trenching or wiring to the electricity grid is a smart solution for property owners as the using autonomous lights means no more electricity bills, fee hikes, dependence on dirty energy and no more power outages/blackouts.

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A simple and highly effective means of illumination, the Lumina series adds: 1) aesthetic appeal, 2) superior luminance measurements, 3) free light, and 4) puts the power of the sun under the control of property owners.

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Girl Scouts San Diego Headquarters Brighta Series Project, San Diego, CA:

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This parking lot installation of the Brighta series lights is located at the Girl Scouts San Diego headquarters near Balboa Park in San Diego, California. With lights spaced out evenly in the parking lot, dark spots are reduced while providing ample light and enhancing nighttime security throughout the evening hours with free energy. Each light is an autonomous unit that is fully capable of providing reliable light in this location that receives marine layer cloud cover due to its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The design aesthetic of the Brighta series allows for an appealing off-grid light at this particular location. With the solar panel located at the top of the pole, the surrounding trees pose no issues with obscuring or covering of the panels while the lamp arm is located at an ideal position to cast light with the highly-efficient CREE LED luminaire. The battery box for each light is buried near the base of each pole, allowing for further simplicity in the appearance of the Brighta solar parking lot lights.

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Each Brighta solar parking lot light is mounted to a concrete foundation that serves as a barrier between automobile damage to the pole and as a pedestal upon which the light sits and passes the necessary wiring to the underground battery box. Batteries are buried near the base of each pedestal in a battery box that is water-proof and accessible to maintenance crews for replacing the rechargeable sealed lead-acid batteries once every 5 to 7 years.

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Located throughout the parking lot, the Brighta lights provide illumination for both vehicle parking spaces as well as perimeter lighting near the edge of the property and maintenance storage sheds. The absence of a connection to the utility grid allows for lights to be placed anywhere on the grounds without tearing up the parking lot or disturbing the existing landscaping.

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With solar panels located at the top of each pole, each light is sure to receive the maximum amount of sunlight during the day without any occluding features such as trees or buildings. The highly efficient solar panels are smaller than those used by other companies in years past which makes the Brighta series an ideal solution to illuminate this parking lot.

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Nighttime view through the fence of the illuminated parking lot. Illumination is at industry standards with foot-candle readings at and above the levels of surrounding grid-tied lights. Each night that the Brighta lights generate illumination costs the property owners absolutely nothing in operation fees. Solar parking lot lights are a 100% renewable energy solution that outperform many grid-tied lights on the market. The Brighta lights are financially and environmentally progressive for the property owners while providing safety for users of the parking lot at night.

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Lighting around the perimeter enhances security and vandalism. Solar parking lot lights are quick to install as they require no connection to the local utility grid and operation is fully maintained by the facility staff and groundskeepers. Brighta lights may also be customized with features of motion sensors where light emitted increases for a set amount of time when activated by people or vehicles approach each light. This is an especially useful feature for areas where suspicious activity may be problematic and the addition of light deters such activity.

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All-in-One Case Study:

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The All-in-One is a practical and reliable solution for illuminating projects that are mobile or temporary installations. It is proposed here as a military illumination source as there are no external energy sources needed to provide light as and where needed. On top of its mobility, the entire operation at night is silent, allowing for staff to hear  any approaching vehicles or personnel without the need of noisy gas-fired generators that are traditionally used at temporary installations.

The All-in-One series can use either a 20 Watt or 30 Watt CREE LED fixture. As all components are designed into a compact unit, each light can simply be mounted to temporary (or permanent) poles or mounting surfaces and moved with minimal effort. A number of fixture styles can be used to match the aesthetic of the intended use and location. Ideal for military installations, construction sites and existing poles.

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Lita15 Case Study:

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This case study is located on a community college campus where nighttime illumination is important for students who pursue coursework during the evening hours.  By lighting up pathways with this simple and efficient method, students will feel safe while walking through campus and thus allowing them to concentrate on their studies more effectively.  The Lita series also incorporate well along residential driveways, in gated communities and along historic routes and roadways where their particular style is prevalent.

The Lita series are a creative series that add style and illumination to exterior spaces.  Several options are available in the series that include 8 or 15 Watt luminaires, 3 different lamp styles, 1 or 2 lamp arms, embellished or straight poles, and customizable pole colors to match the details and vernacular of its surroundings.

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Supera80 Case Study:

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The Supera series is an effective lighting option for street lighting where trenching and wiring is to be avoided. In this case study, the lights are place along the roadside entrance to a rural destination. The light can be placed along the edge of a parking lot, making it easy to install without excavation anywhere on site to lay down electric lines or utility boxes. The battery box can be placed underground near the base of the light, making it easy to access for battery replacement once every 5 years.

Adding multiple lights along this stretch of road makes the facility easy to access and safe for pedestrians as well as drivers leaving and entering the destination. The Supera series has several options for light fixtures. The 80 Watt luminaire was chosen here as it casts a generous amount of light along this part of the highway where vehicle speeds are in excess of 50 mph.

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Dual60 Case Study:

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The Dual series illuminates in a 360 area around the pole as two LED luminaires are incorporated into the system. As there are two luminaires, the resulting lighting effect is a much larger radius than other 1 luminaire street and parking lot lights. Dual80 lights use two 40 Watt luminaires that cast a larger light area on the ground surface.

In this case study, the battery boxes are placed underground and serviced via an access plate on the surface of the parking lot near the base of each pole. This light has the option of a pole-mounted battery box where specified by the property owner. An advantage to underground placement (burying the box underground) is in hotter climates it results in less ambient heat to wear on the rechargeable 12 Volt batteries during summer high temperatures.

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Supera100 Case Study:

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The Supera100 was used in this case study in a country club golf community.  Using the Supera100 lights allows for fewer lights to cover a larger area and cast a brighter light on the ground.  Settings for high output in the early evening and pre-dawn hours are programmed into the controller to maximize higher illumination and preserve battery backup.  During mid-night hours, the light illuminated is dimmer, but sufficient enough to provide visibility and safety for pedestrians and bicyclists.  The battery box is to be placed underground near the base of the light, making it easy to access for battery replacement once every 5 years.

As with other roadway lighting applications, adding multiple lights makes for uniform illumination along the roadway/sidewalks.  The Supera100 has one of the brightest luminaires and uses Cree LEDs which produces a white light for greater visibility.

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Lumina30 Case Study:

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With the Lumina series, there are several options with lamp fixtures as well as a 1 or 2 lamp option. For this case study, the objective is to illuminate a thoroughfare that is used by both pedestrian and vehicle traffic along a low-velocity road. Lights are proposed to be placed on metal boxes that will both house the rechargeable 12 Volt battery and act as a pedestal upon which the light post is anchored.

Lumina series lights are an elegant and effective solution for applications where fixture height can be lower than the street light series. Lumina fixtures are capped at just under 18 feet from the ground, so pedestrians and most vehicles are clear of overhead obstructions. With luminaires rated at 30 Watts, the Lumina series will provide ample light and added nighttime safety for most applications, such as this high-traffic zone within the city.

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Supera60 Case Study:

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The Supera 60 Watt light is proposed here as a security measure along a rural road. The height of the fixture gives extra security against vandalism and tampering in this remote location. The Supera series can be used as street lighting and in this case as security lighting. Given the remoteness of this road, powering traditional lights here is a costly operation. But with the autonomous Supera lights, the only operational costs are the replacement of the rechargeable 12 Volt batteries every 5 years. Battery boxes are buried underground here as the location experiences high summer temperatures.

A simple, yet highly effective and efficient solution for rural lighting. Supera lights used in this location will recuperate their costs in a matter of a few years while supplying the security and safety of autonomous lighting.

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