Solar Lighting Design Guide ¨C Choose a Fixture Style
Designing a solar lighting system starts out with choosing a fixture style to use on a project. Each fixture has its benefits for every type of application. Flood lights are good for large or small areas, such as directional uplighting or wall washing, whereas overhead fixtures provide better lighting for applications such as roadways, parking lots, etc. Our partnership with Hubbell Lighting brands provides the highest quality LED lighting fixtures to cover nearly all applications.
Depending on the application, style of fixture, light level requirements, etc., we will help determine the best fixture to provide lighting for a specific project. Overhead fixtures, such as the Viper fixture, provide lighting levels and distributions perfect for roadways, parking lots, parks, pathways and so much more.
Decorative fixtures can provide similar lighting levels, but are used more on a smaller scale and in areas where architectural requirements exist, like in a downtown redevelopment area or residential neighborhoods. These fixtures provide customizations that are not always available with other fixtures, such as coloring, bracketry, decorative pole bases, etc. Fixtures like the Urban fixture and the Viper fixture provide the same lighting as they use the same LED engines in both the fixtures.
Flood fixtures provide lighting for many applications, such as signs, flags, area and security. These versatile fixtures provide many different lighting patterns with a various range of wattages. The RFL flood provides many distribution NEMA patterns from a narrow beam for ground mounted flag lighting and wide beam for signs and area security. The mini flood is best for small landscape or sign lighting projects.
Wall and ceiling fixtures are great for bus shelters, pagodas, pavilions, remote restrooms and mailbox clusters. These fixtures, such as the LSQ Canopy fixture, provide good lighting with the ability to flush mount to the wall or roof of most structures.
Finally, there are landscape and pathway fixtures, as well as specialty fixtures available. If you don¡¯t find something initially that you require for your application, speak with your solar lighting specialist who can offer a solution to meet your lighting needs.
Each solar power assembly can operate one fixture or multiple fixtures depending on the requirements of the project. For example, a sign may require anywhere from two to six fixtures, all powered by a single power assembly. Same thing can be done with pathways using bollard fixtures. Most overhead systems are powering a single or double fixture arrangement.
The fixture selection begins the system design process. Check out the Solar Fixture section to find other fixtures provided that can be used for your project. In the next section, we will discuss wattage and Lumen requirements to work on determining the light power requirements that allows for eventually designing the solar power assembly.