SolarOne Solutions improves security with solar-powered lighting systems
Solid-state solar lighting systems such as the one installed at Eastern Connecticut State University offer many benefits, such as:
- security - lights stay on even when the electric grid goes down
- avoids cost and hassles of trenching and electrical hook up - easy to add on a retrofit basis
- more targeted lighting, reducing "spillover" (i.e. light pollution)
- 4 or 5 times longer lifetime than the best fluorescent bulbs
- low voltage operation, eliminating the risk of shock hazard
"There is an increasing buzz around advancements in LED lighting, but there are also a number of misperceptions floating around", says SolarOne president Moneer Azzam. "For example LED lights are not actually more efficient than other forms of lighting. However, there are other attributes that make them exciting when combined with a solar source." With the first generation SoLed lights in operation for almost a year in northeastern climates, the company is eyeing much broader geographical markets.
Channing Page, director for new business at SolarOne, says, "if they work well in New England, they will certainly perform virtually anywhere in the continental US and Central America. SolarOne expects to soon add a bus shelter lighting package to its standard line of solar outdoor lighting products.
SolarOne is already experiencing rapidly expanding interest in their lighting systems and related engineering capabilities. For example, the company is in the process of delivering components for 500 neighborhood lighting systems based upon its SoLed solid-state lighting for a private project in the northeastern United States.