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ATEX and IEC Ex Flame-proof Explosion Proof Lighting & Equipment
Explosion Proof Lights
Explosion Proof Motors - Motors for Hazardous Locations
Industrial and Vaporproof Emergency Failsafe Lighting
Industrial Cord Reels and Tool Taps
Industrial Work Area Heaters
Machine Vision Lights
Megatower™
QC Series Industrial Portable Lighting - Quick Change Mount
Rig Lights
Stadium lights
String Lights and Temporary Light Stringers
Tank Cleaning Lights
Three Phase Motor Soft Starters
Vapor Proof LED Lights
Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs)
Vehicle Mounting Plates
Workboat Light Fixtures & Lighting Equipment
Yacht Engine Room Lights
Color Changing LED RGB Lighting
Explosion Proof Cord Reels
GOLIGHT Spotlights
Larson FUTURE - Lease Lighting
Remote Area Lighting and Scene Lights
Utility Bucket Mount, Receiver Hitch & Trailer Mount Lighting
Aevum Control Lighting and Equipment - IIoT
Butane and Solvent Extraction Room Lighting and Equipment
DC to DC Transformers and Power Supplies
Explosion Proof Fans & Blowers
Explosion Proof Paint Spray Booth Approved Lights
Explosion Proof String Lights
Explosion Proof Switchgear & Controls
Fleet Service Lights and Lighting Equipment
Industrial Equipment Trailers
Industrial Handlamps & Droplights
ISO 14644/FS-209E Clean Room Lighting
LED Blasting Lights
Night Time Fishing Lights
Portable AC Power Supply Units
Portable Power Distribution Panels
Power Distribution Panels with KVA Transformers
Self-Contained Lighting
Service Pit Lighting
Solar Generators & Solar Powered Lighting
Agricultural Farm Equipment Lighting & Beacons
Explosion Proof Cameras & Surveillance Systems
Explosion Proof Emergency Lights
Explosion Proof Heaters
Garage & Gas Station Canopy Lights
LED Grow Lights
LED Lights
NDT Ultraviolet Lights
Portable Hazardous Location Lighting
Radio Communication Towers and Equipment
Salt Water Processing Equipment
Shelter & Tent Lighting
Thermal Monitoring Cameras and Systems
48V LED Equipment Lights
ATEX Rated Explosion Proof Lights
Automotive Lighting
Class Rated Signals, Alarms, and Systems
Hazardous Location Area Lights and Portable Lighting
HID Equipment Lights
Hot Work Permit Lighting and Equipment
Hunting Lights
Industrial lasers
Industrial Transformers
Light Towers
Outdoor Lighting
Remote Security and Surveillance Systems
Temporary Construction Lights
Vehicle Mounted Spotlights
Equipment & Heavy Machinery LED Light Package Fitouts
Phase Converters - Single to Three Phase
Marine Shore Power Cords and Equipment
24 Volt Military Lights
Disaster Relief / First Responders / Search & Rescue Lighting
Plastic Handcuff Key
110/120 Volt Flood Lights
Post Mount Spotlights
Magnetic Work Lights
Crank-up Light Masts
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Intrinsically Safe Lights
Military Flashlights
LED Waterproof Lanterns
Work Area Lights
12 Volt Flood Lights
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Boat Spotlights
New Boat Lights
HID Boat Lights
Boat Dock Lights
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Remote Control Lights
Control Lights
Tow Lights
Magnetic Control Lights
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NEW Lights and New Products
Evaporative Coolers
Police Equipment
AC/DC Transformers
Power Supplies
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Military Spotlights 24V
Infrared Filters, Covert Covers, and Blackout IR Lenses
Military Equipment
Ultralife Batteries
Remote Control Pan Tilt Base
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Larson Electronics Spotlights
Larson Electronics Parts
Replacement Lamps
Cords - Brackets
Portable Wheeled Generators
Non-Hazardous Location Extension Cords / Plugs / Outlets
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HID Work Lights
HID Dive Lights
HID Off Road Lights
Acro Lights HID Lights
Halogen Lights
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Acro Light Flashlight
Xenon HID Flashlights
Powerlight Flashlight
HID Flashlights
Xenon Flashlights
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LED Status Lights
Forklift Lights
Tractor Lights
HID Post Mount Lights
Roof Mount Lights
Post Mount Light parts
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Flashlight Holder
Magnet Spotlight Base
Tripods-Magnetic Base
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Recharging Spotlights
Fire Rescue Lights
LED Street Lights
Utility Lights
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Hazard Lights
Strobe Lights - Battery Operated
Strobes & Beacons
Strobe Light Bars
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Headlights - Headlamps - Hard Hat Lights
Flashlights
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Suction Mount Lights
Magnetic Spotlights
12/24 Volt Spotlights
Gifts For Men
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New 12 / 24 Volt Lights
Explosion Proof Accessories and Replacement Parts
Explosion Proof Lighting
Explosion Proof Hand Lamps (Drop Lights)
Explosion Proof Lights - Stand/Dolly
Explosion Proof Tank Lights
Explosion Proof Phones and Intercoms
Explosion Proof Extension Cords
Black Friday & Cyber Monday Specials
Crane Lights
Explosion Proof Light Rentals
General Light Rentals
Light Tower and Light Plant Rentals
Power Distribution Rentals
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Power Plant Lighting
Refinery lights
Environmental Services Lights
Aerospace Lights
Chemical Plant Lights
Food Grade Safe Lights
Film and Entertainment Lights
Handheld Meters and Devices
Waste Water Treatment Lights
Mining Lights
Ship Yard Lights
Work Site Lighting
         

   
01/18/11 Solar Powered LEDs: Green Convenience and Versatility

Going green is having a larger impact than many would have thought possible several years ago when the term first began to be popularized. Built upon a simple premise, going green simply means at its most basic level that you have decided to incorporate environmentally conscious practices into your usual routines. If you once relied on large amounts of paper to keep your business running, perhaps you now work to reduce paper consumption by switching all of your record keeping to digital files. Perhaps you have implemented a recycling policy among your staff, or offer incentives and bonuses for the most environmentally sound business proposals. Whatever the case may be, although the intention is to reduce dependence on costly energy and non renewable resources, going green is also turning out to be an economically lucrative exercise in practicality and convenience as well.

Aside from the obvious industries that are appearing as a result of the “going green” movement, individuals and businesses following such a plan are realizing net reductions in operating costs, increases in productivity and reduced initial outlays on investments in their operations. The company that recycles in bulk finds itself going from simply throwing out the trash to receiving a return on recycled materials. The office that switches from wasteful incandescent lighting to energy efficient LEDs finds its electrical bills slashed and its employee productivity increased. Government subsidies and tax breaks add to the list of possible benefits making it not only easier to switch to more energy efficient operations, but easier to realize fast returns on the initial investment.

There are other arenas where the benefits are not so obvious. Consider for example the full implications of setting up an operation in a remote location; say a modest radio tower for instance. Of course the obvious costs would be the purchase or lease of land and the materials and construction involved. However, without power there can be no operation, thus we must also factor in the costs involved with not only powering operations, but getting that power to the operations. This means paying to have utilities run to the site, a connection established and an eventual monthly bill for electrical consumption. Going green however suggests a different alternative that provides not only the needed power, but free power after a short period of regular operations.

 What we are talking about here of course is solar power. Perhaps you have seen this discussed before and were amazed at what appeared to be a highly complex and highly expensive alternative to simple connection to the local electrical grid. This impression, however, is misleading. When considering solar energy the initial outlays do indeed appear costly. The equipment and installation represents a significant investment and maintenance also adds a further expense that must be factored in as well. Yes, these things do indeed carry a price tag, but it is their potential that reveals the true costs over the life of the operations which show us that not only is going green beneficial, but cost effective as well in the long run.

Imagine now this radio tower, but instead of being connected to the electrical grid, is run entirely by banks of batteries which are recharged daily by the sun. Let’s assume this entire arrangement initially costs $250,000 to install and set up; quite an expense indeed. However, let us now consider the monthly utility bills were this operation relying on power from the local grid. In a commercial operation, these costs could easily run $5,000 per month. This would mean that in addition to the initial costs of running utilities to the site, an additional monthly utility cost is also incurred ending in a yearly expense of $60,000. Lets us now consider the solar powered version with its operations independent of the local electrical grid. At $5,000 per month saved, this operation will have paid for its solar powered operations inside of four years and after those four years, the electrical power generated and used is essentially free. Given a lifetime of 15-20 years, such an operation could save almost one million dollars in operating expenses. Clearly, going green does have its benefits!

Going green with solar power does not have to be done on such a grand scale in order to produce significant benefits. Modern solar technology coupled with the advancements in LED lighting technology have produced some extremely simple yet effective ways for almost any application to produce savings and convenience unheard of only fifteen years ago. Consider for example what it would cost to install lighting around a private boat dock or in a remote location such as a personal hunting cabin in the mountains. Of course there is the prerequisite initial outlay for materials and installation which in truly remote locations may not even be possible, in which case generators and fuel then become additional expenses. Then of course there are the increased utility costs associated with operating this lighting. When all is said and done, considerable initial outlay has been incurred and a new monthly expense created.

Consider now the options that a solar powered light like Larson Electronics’s SPLED-5 solar powered area light offers. With little more than a very modest onetime cost outlay and a simple installation, highly effective, maintenance free, fully automatic solar powered lighting can be installed anywhere it is needed without any need for connection to an external power source. Such options provide the ability to fully realize all the benefits of electrical lighting without a single one of the drawbacks normally encountered. There will be no monthly increase in an electrical bill, the LEDs will last for over a decade, and anytime illumination is needed it will be available in abundance.

Portable and standalone solar power and LED lighting technology makes this kind of scenario entirely practical and realistic. Whether it is large scale or small, the benefits of going green are simply too great to dismiss as novelty or too expensive any longer. The fact of the matter has become this; environmentally friendly operations do not need to be expensive. They not only provide savings in both energy and natural resources, but offer us alternatives that in reality far outweigh traditional options in costs, versatility and convenience.     





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