The homeowners association of a lovely residential complex in Tucson,
Arizona, was looking for an energy-efficient and cost-effective way to light
up a 20-foot bank of residential mailboxes. However, the solution needed to address
the reluctance of residents in the adjoining area not to have any intrusive light
shining in through their windows.
Solar Gain, Inc., a locally based solar installation company, designed an
aesthetically pleasing layout using LEDtronics’ low-voltage Slim Profile
shoebox-style luminaire. It is powered by deep-discharge batteries charged
by a solar cells panel with back-up battery power. The firm even included an “art
deco” sun design on the post.
With only 19 watts consumed by the light,
no cost was added to the electric bill, while providing sufficient bright light
over the mailbox area. In addition, since the directed illumination of LED
lighting reduces light pollution—unlike fluorescents or incandescents,
the concern of the neighbors regarding light intrusion was thus addressed.
“The light was a hit with the HOA, and the LED made a bright light that
consumed little energy and did not bother the neighbors at night,” said
Solar Gain’s Roman Black.
The Tucson area has an average of 330 sunny days annually. With white LEDs
boasting an operational lifespan of up to 50,000 hours, now that the solar-powered
LEDtronics post-top luminaire has been installed, it will be years before the
HOA needs to put the mailbox lighting issue on its meeting agenda again.
The products used:
Green energy solution firm
involved with this application:
Company: Solar Gain, Inc.
Phone: (520) 822-8377