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Solar Powered Lights for signs?

Discussion in 'Think Green!' started by mikefine, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. mikefine

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    Is the technology there yet?

    I am estimating a 3' x 5' post and panel sign for a condominium entrance. The client wants to consider solar lights as an option. (The sign sits back too far
    to use reflective vinyl.)

    I have tried some solar light brands from Home Depot, but they don't seem to be vibrant enough to effectively illuminate a sign.

    Can anyone recommend an affordable source or option? Thank you....Michael
     
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  2. FishnSigns

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    Haven't found one yet. We have tried 2 different (non home depot options). Both versions were way too dim and the clients were unhappy. Ended up going with 110 power instead. If you find a good solution, I'm interested.
     
  3. signage

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    Solar power lighting has not gotten this far yet. The Solar panels do not put out enough to keep the sources charged.
     
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    you can build your own led light system with solar panels to charge a battery back. but the problem is always going to be the batteries will not last to long with the constant charging and discharging
     
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    You can do it but its not cheap - you need to go with a commercial solar system. We did this job several years ago where it would have been really expensive to bring power in. This is in Washington where solar is not a good idea but with the right battery it works.

    Wish I had the info from where I got it but I sold that business so dont have the files any more - search for solar sign lighting and you should get some good options, just remember you get what you pay for with solar.
     

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  6. Hytek Tools

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    This is a real bummer, we were planning on trying solar on an up and coming project! Given this information we might have to rethink it...
     
  7. Locals Find!

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    I met with an electrician the other day doing lighting using a combination of solar panels and led bulbs. You may want to contact a good local electrician and see what options are available in your market.
     
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    i gotts a get me some o them led bulbs!
     
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  11. Hero Signs

    Hero Signs If they let me make it, they will come

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    The middle east is full of solar powered street lights. Seen it myself, not sure what they are using, not the focus of my visit, but they do work well.
     
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