The new kids on the block are starting to take the world by storm, and are only going to grow in popularity and efficiency. No, they’re not a pop sensation of teens singing songs of growing up and high school sweethearts. The new kids are solar street lights that will bring energy production and dispersement directly at the site of the light itself. Solar street lights have come a long way since their piecemeal configurations of large solar panels and inefficient luminaires. Today, companies such as SolTek Renewables are working to supply customers across the globe with a new generation of area lighting that is on par and above the standards of conventional lighting methods. Their lights use CREE LED fixtures that are highly efficient, safe to use, generate minimal heat and produce illumination (in foot candles) that often exceeds traditional non-LED luminaires. With these positive aspects, the most cost-effective energy source to power LED luminaires is by employing sealed lead-acid gel rechargeable batteries, much like what is in most cars on the roads today.
So, why use a lead-acid battery as opposed to a Lithium battery? First, the cost of lead-acid batteries is within the economic realm of most users. Their capacity is high for the size and initial investment, so they are the chemistry of choice for solar street lights. Being that the batteries are essentially car batteries (and comparatively priced), they are 95% recyclable and have a typical life-span of 5 to 7 years. Coupled with a smart controller that regulates the charge from the battery to the LED fixture at night, lead-acid batteries have a system autonomy of anywhere between 3 to 6 days (typically toward 6 days). This means that the solar panel will collect photons (light) from the sun in a span of 2 to 4 hours and charge the battery to capacity. At night, the light will illuminate with a steady discharge from the lead-acid battery as specified by the controller. If the following 3 to 6 days are occluded with thick cloud cover or stormy conditions, the battery will continue to operate as intended over the next 3 to 6 days until it needs the 2 to 4 hours of sunlight to get a full charge again.
What does this mean for regions where sunlight is more likely to be out more than once every 6 days (realistically, how often, if ever, does that happen)? It means that illumination autonomy can be achieved by users/owners of solar street lights. It means that you are now 100% energy efficient with regard to generation and use. It means you are using 100% renewable energy. It means local energy generation, thus eliminating the dirty energy of coal and oil sources. It means savings for your local economy as you have eliminated fees incurred by local utility companies (they can raise the rates all they want, you are not paying a penny to them with autonomous street lights). It means it can happen now (2 months installation from factory to site). It means that you save money from the get-go as you have eliminated trenching and expensive wiring to the utility grid.
Mario @ Your Solar Link
Everyone is talking about it and few have the answer to “where can I get some?” Well, they have now been added them to the online store at www.yoursolarlink.com. What are they? Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) rechargeable batteries for garden solar lights! And these are THE best deal anywhere. Only $20 for 10 rechargeable batteries (that’s 2 bucks a battery) delivered!
1. No memory effect. That means that they will charge to their rated capacity for the duration of their life cycle (about 2 years) in full sunlight. NiCd batteries will develop a memory of charging to lower capacities during cloudy days (say, it’s sunny for the first couple of hours then a storm moves in, thus only getting enough charge for part of the evening). Then, on the next sunny day, the battery will have a lower capacity (ceiling) to which it will charge. Thus, a memory of only being able to charge to 80% (for example) of its intended capacity.
2. No Cadmium! Cadmium is considered a toxic element and needs to be disposed of properly via recycling services. Many stores (Target, Staples, Best Buy, etc.) often offer receptacles at their stores where they accept batteries for disposal/recycling. This is the sure way to divert the Cadmium batteries from landfills. NiMH rechargeable batteries can discarded in the trash, but it is of course best to recycle them as with their Cadmium counterparts. Why use Cadmium batteries? They are cheaper than Metal Hydrides and are more readily available at many online stores…. until now!
4. Metal Hydrides are typically more expensive than Cadmium batteries, but not at Your Solar Link. They are the same price! So, you will be getting a superior battery at the same exact price, no strings attached.
These batteries go fast, but Your Solar Link is constantly replenishing their stock with NiMH rechargeable batteries and will be adding various mAh ratings soon. If they are sold out, just send them a quick message that you would like to get on the list to expedite processing for the next shipment.
Cheers from Your Solar Link!
We recently had an inquiry about solar security lights and would like to share that information with all you solar enthusiasts and those who simply want to get security lighting up and running quickly. So, here it is…..
Letter to inquirer (abbreviated):
So you are looking for a light to use for bedside reading just before catching some shut-eye? Maybe you need to get to sleep and need that extra help from your Architecture text books to put you into a lullaby state of mind. Whatever your choice of printed word, you are going to need some lighting element, so why not use a solar reading light? Your Solar Link has just the thing for you. The LED Reading Light (now in red. The light cover, not the color of the light itself.) is available and ready for your home, patio or camping pleasure.
A very bright light for just 1 LED (it’s not your run-of-the-mill LED light) and rechargeable under the sun, it is a surefire way to brighten up any dark space. Mobile, clippable (is that even a word?) and easily disassembles to pack into your knapsack, the LED Reading Light is an economical reading light to accompany you wherever you go. Rightly priced at just $30 (that’s delivered to your door, no other fees!) and ready to go out of the box. You will be impressed by the versatility, utility and longevity of this solar light that is sure to beat the competition. And a great gift idea just in time for the holidays.
Mario @ Your Solar Link
So the drive to install and implement solar panel systems onto our roofs and the utility grid system is in full force. And the speed is picking up. In France alone, 50,000 tons of potential waste is generated every year in the form of solar panels. Well, the average life span of the current design of solar panels is about 20 years. That means that in a short 20 years from now, those solar panels will need to go somewhere, and the landfill is not where we want them to end up. The only honest solution is to have them recycled. The current trend for recycling old solar panels is to divide the components of glass (panel cover) and aluminum (framing) to be recycled, while the remaining silicon, silver and tin are discarded as the return on selling these final 3 materials is not cost-effective for recycling centers.
The private sector is of course working on ways to maximize the total recovery of a given solar panel, but progress is slow and may not be to the benefit for private industry. It may very well be up to government entities to step in and take the reigns of recycling as part of their national agendas. The benefit of government control is that the energy created for its citizens is used by its citizens. Therefore, it is in their best interest to maintain this social sustainability and energy autonomy without 3rd party direction or limitations. Providing energy to the citizens should be a priority of governments the world throughout. It is, as they say, a no-brainer.
In time those solar panels will reach the end of their life-cycle, something on a massive scale will need to happen. It is in the best interest for a society to have police services, firefighter/paramedic services and water municipalities. Energy is as necessary and should be included with these fundamental services to the general public. Recycling is just another component of the energy generation cycle. We have less than 20 years to get the system in place. And the clock is ticking…..
Mario @ Your Solar Link
Juicebar Pocket Solar Charger.
This stylish, sleek and reliable pocket size Universal Battery Charger (Juicebar Solar Charger) is proven to be your best friend in a situation when conventional electric supply is not available or if you are trying to use eco-friendly renewable power supplies.
Great as a solar phone charger for any type of Mobile Phones, IPhones, PSA, PDA, Mp3 Players, Satellite Navigation, and much more.
Get it HERE.
SOLAR PATH LIGHTS.
Stainless Steel Conical Solar Path Light (Set of 2).
Path solar lights are an excellent choice for lighting your garden paths, walkways, driveway perimeters and other regions in your landscape. They are often used in multiples to guide the way along a set of stairs or a dark walk.
Featured Stainless Steel Solar Light set uses 2 ultra-bright LEDs for maximum light output and minimum battery usage.
The lights are safe around kids and pets and water and corrosion resistant.
Read more HERE
STONE SOLAR SPOT LIGHTS.
Stone Solar Spot Lights (also known as Solar Rock Lights) completely camouflage with existing landscapes and look like any other rock in your garden.
SOLAR GARDEN FOUNTAINS.
How to start using ecologically friendly energy to power up your garden fountains and other garden water features?
Why not go with a solar powered water pump?
To accommodate your needs the Solar Fountain Pump Systems we carry range from 2 to 8 Watt. Browse our collection of solar water pumps for your fish ponds and solar fountains.
Enjoy your garden water features and your energy savings at the same time. Make a note of the various power levels and the flow rate of the solar water pumps before your purchase.
Please write us your review after your purchase. Your opinion is important to us!
DECORATIVE SOLAR ACCENT LIGHTS.
Solar accent lights (Set of 2) create an enjoyable and inviting glow for your landscape.
They are designed to mark a place.
Solar Spot Light - $26.99
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Solar spot lights like this one rely on energy from the sun to charge their batteries and provide light throughout the night.
This means that there is no need to tap into the electrical grid for these lights to operate.
The solar spot lights will work consistently, even if the whole neighborhood is dealing with a power outage.
Learn more about Solar Spot Lights at http://www.yoursolarlink.com/solar-spot-lights, where we have a great selection of solar spot lights to choose from.
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