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Frequently asked questions about outdoor solar lighting:

Frequently asked questions about outdoor solar lighting:

Frequently asked questions about outdoor solar lighting:


What is solar lighting and how does it work?

What are the main components of a
solar lighting fixture?


What is LED?

How are LEDs measured?

Why use LED lamps?

Why is solar lighting part of our future?

What is the difference between 12v and solar lighting?

What type of light does solar lighting provide?

Can solar lighting replace conventional fixtures?

What happens on cloudy days, inclement weather or in geographically and seasonally challenged areas?

How many solar collectors can run one fixture?

How can I get the most amount of light output?

Why do you need batteries for solar lighting?

Why use rechargeable batteries?

Do solar products carry a UL rating?

What maintenance issues are there to consider with solar?

How does a solar light turn on and off?

How long does it take to charge up the batteries?

What do I need to consider when placing solar lights in the outdoor area?

Is the technology available to make a solar light even brighter than ever?

The Solar-Scapes Advantage (FAQ):


What is the Solar-Scapes advantage?

What is the Solar-Scapes advantage in terms of battery storage?

What is the type of battery used?

What is the wattage equivalent of Solar-Scapes solar fixtures?

Can I place a solar light in a covered deck or patio?

Where are the fixtures manufactured?

What type of metal is used in the construction process?

What is the finish provided?

What is the temperature rating of Solar-Scapes solar products?

How much time can we expect the light output to last?

What is the expected average life of the batteries, solar collector, LED lamp and fixtures?

Why is Solar-Scapes cost higher than the common home center solar products?

How can I prevent the solar light from theft?

What are the replacement options?

What is the Solar-Scapes warranty?

Who is Lightcraft?

Who is Solar-Scapes competition?



Q- What is solar lighting and how does it work?

A- Solar lighting is created by turning sunlight into energy.
Energy is created as sunlight strikes a solar collector (semiconductors made
up of silicon crystal) and turns energy into an electrical current. The
current then sends this energy to a power supply (rechargeable batteries)
which in turn energizes a lamp source (LED). Note: Solar lighting will not
work with artificial (interior) light.

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Q-What are the main components of a solar lighting fixture?

A- A solar fixture is made up of the following five main
components: (1) a solar collector, (2) a control pc board (circuit board) ,
(3) a power supply (batteries), (4) a light source (LED) (5) and a photo
resistor (photo cell switching device).

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Q-What is LED?

A- LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. Unlike conventional
lamps, LEDs do not have filaments but work off of a simple electrical current.
LEDs have different properties than conventional lamps (see below).

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Q-How are LEDs measured?

A- Since LEDs do not operate on the same principles of a
filament based lamp, LEDs are measured millicandles (mcd) rather than watts,
milli-amps (Ma) rather than amps and beam spreads are measured in viewing
angles rather than flood or spot categories.

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Q-Why use LED lamps?

A- LED lamps are one of the most efficient forms of light
emission. They do not get hot, there is no filament to burn out, the life
expectancy is 20x greater than conventional lamps and the current draw is so
low that a small solar charge can efficiently activate the LED lamp.

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Q-Why is solar lighting part of our future?

A- Most consumers want simplicity and convenience. For the
most part, they don't want costly and complicated installations. Also, there
is a world wide demand for continuous (renewable) energy such as solar, wind
and water as non-renewable energy such as coal, oil and gas become more
costly, scarce and damaging to our environment.

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Q- What is the difference between 12v and solar lighting?

A- 12v (low voltage) lighting is more efficient than
conventional 120v +power but low voltage requires direct electricity and is
totally dependent on house hold current. Solar energy, on the other hand is
totally self sufficient and is not dependent on municipal energy and does not
require a transformer or cable to operate.

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Q- What type of light does solar lighting provide?

A- Generally speaking, there are three types of light-
general, ambient and task light. Solar lighting (which is LED based) can be
used as a task light (without a diffuser or as an ambient light (without a
diffuser). At this time, LEDs are not considered general light sources.
Currently, solar lighting cannot compete with conventional energy guzzling
products but solar lighting has advanced to levels now considered acceptable
for many accent and way-finding applications. Many designers and landscape
architects prefer subtle light to overwhelming hot spots. Our primary lamp is
white super lux LED . Solar lighting can be ideal for safety, security, beauty
and entertainment- the four ingredients required of outdoor lighting.

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Q- Can solar lighting replace conventional fixtures?

A- Practically speaking, not at this time. However, just like
other forms of light (fluorescent, HID, mercury vapor), most outdoor lighting
designers will mix various lighting elements depending on specific
requirements (i.e. effect, budget, access to power, flexibility, etc.). Solar
lighting can provide alternatives and solutions to lighting problems that
previously did not exist.

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Q- What happens on cloudy days, inclement weather or in
geographically and seasonally challenged areas?

A- Solar lighting is dependent directly on UV (ultra violet)
rays. UV rays exist in cloudy weather as well as in sunny conditions. However,
the solar collector and battery capacity will absorb and perform best when
exposed to direct sunlight. The simple answer is that light output (intensity)
can be affected but unless there is no sunlight at all, the solar charge will
be active.

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Q- How many solar collectors can run one fixture?

A- Theoretically speaking, a large solar collector (panel)
can operate several fixtures at a time. However, consumers have shown that the
preference is one collector per fixture.

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Q- How can I get the most amount of light output?

A- For optimum results follow these general guidelines- (1)
Place fixture or collector in direct sunlight and away from shadows (2) keep
dirt and debris off of the collector (3) replace the batteries every year or
as needed (4) place fixtures away from other light sources which could
interfere with the photo cell or overwhelm the light source (5) keep in touch
with our factory as solar cells and lamp sources will continue to improve.

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Q-Why do you need batteries for solar lighting?

A- Solar fixtures are basically a battery based product. The
batteries act as the power supply and energy storage for the LED lamp. Similar
to other battery based products, the greater the battery storage the more
effective the output.

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Q- Why use rechargeable batteries?

A- In practical terms rechargeable batteries in solar
fixtures are ideal since they can be charged over and over again, as they draw
energy from the photo-voltaic process (sunlight converting to electricity).
There is no need for a separate battery charger.

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Q- Do solar products carry a UL rating?

A- Yes. All products that have an electrical charge must have
a safety listing.

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Q-What maintenance issues are there to consider with solar?

A- For best results, it is recommended to clean the solar
collector when dirty, replace the batteries every year or when needed, check
the LED lamp for wear and tear and keep the battery compartment away from
water puddles, excessively wet locations and do not allow the fixture to lay
on the ground for any period of time. Note: The batteries will most likely
need to be changed more frequently in warmer climates as the output and
discharge time will be greater than in darker climates where the batteries may
not be as active.

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Q- How does a solar light turn on and off?

A- Each solar fixture is equipped with a photo sensor for
automatic operation. In addition, many products also have an on/off switch for
those periods of time when light is not required.

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Q- How long does it take to charge up the batteries?

A- Typically, the batteries will charge within 4-5 hours of
direct sunlight.

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Q- What do I need to consider when placing solar lights in the
outdoor area?

A- (1) Place the fixture or collector in direct sunlight (2)
Place fixtures away from over hanging trees and away from structures that cast
shadows (3) Charge battery for 24 to 48 hours for best results (4) Place
fixture away from water and/or sprinkles as much as possible. Simply put,
solar lights are site sensitive.

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Q- Is the technology available to make a solar light even brighter
than ever?

A- Yes. Producing a high powered solar light is simple -
however not practical or cost effective. The battery would have to be quite
large, heavy and too costly for general acceptance. We are certain that this
will change with continued demand.

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Q-What is the Solar-Scapes advantage?

A- Solar-Scapes is one of the first solar manufacturers to
provide a comprehensive and quality line of outdoor solar lights, provide
more efficient battery storage (NiMH) for longer discharge time, incorporate
super lux LEDs for greater output and utilize better quality solar cells for
optimum output, sensitivity and longevity.

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Q- What is the Solar-Scapes advantage in terms of battery storage?

A- They use NiMh type batteries. These are more efficient
than conventional NiCad batteries and are nonpolluting to the environment
(unlike NiCad type). Solar-Scapes provides replacement NiMh batteries.

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Q- What is the type of battery used?

A- They use 1.5 volt AA rechargeable (NiMh) type batteries
for most of the Solar-Scapes products.

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Q- What is the wattage equivalent of Solar-Scapes solar fixtures?

A- Solar-Scapes offers many different types of solar
fixtures. The most common LED used is equivalent to a 15-20w incandescent
lamp. In a dark environment, the beam pattern (without a diffuser) can reach
up to 20 ft. The beam pattern with a diffuser is approx. 3 ft wide.

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Q- Can I place a solar light in a covered deck or patio?

A- Solar-Scapes solar cells will accept partial ambient
light. Although the output may be minimized there should be enough UV rays to
stimulate a charge in most outdoor areas.

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Q-Where are the fixtures manufactured?

A- Currently, the solar collector and circuit boards are imported
from their factory in Asia. However, the fixtures are manufactured in the U.S.
for quality control purposes.

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Q-What type of metal is used in the construction process?

A- Unlike many other solar products, Solar-Scapes fixture
construction is designed for long term enjoyment. They use a combination of
solid brass, stainless steel and galvanized materials (non-ferrous) for use in
harsh outdoor conditions.

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Q- What is the finish provided?

A- The standard finish is bronze.

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Q-What is the temperature rating of Solar-Scapes solar products?

A- minus 10 to 120 degree (F).

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Q-How much time can we expect the light output to last?

A- Solar-Scapes solar lights are so efficient that most of the
products (when properly charged) will last 10 to 12 hours per night. The output
will slowly diminish in the last few hours of operation.

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Q-What is the expected average life of the batteries, solar
collector, LED lamp and fixtures?


A- Battery life is one year. The solar collector is three years.
The LED lamp is three years. The fixture itself is five years.

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Q-Why is Solar-Scapes cost higher than the common home center solar
products?


A- Like any other product, price is most always contingent upon
quality. Their fixture material, solar cell, lamp and battery type is far
superior to what is available at any home center. Most home center solar
lights will last for only one season.

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Q-How can I prevent the solar light from theft?

A- Solar-scapes provides an optional anti-theft stake
that, when installed, is extremely difficult to remove.

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Q-What are the replacement options?

A- Solar-Scapes is one of the few solar companies that provides
replaceable components on most of their products. We carry replacement batteries and their replacement Universal Solar Component.

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Q- What is the Solar-Scapes warranty?

A- Three years (industry average is one year).

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Q- Who is Lightcraft?

A- Lightcraft Outdoor Environments is the parent company of
Solar-Scapes, Inc. Solar-Scapes is the solar division of Lightcraft.
Lightcrafts main business is high quality low voltage lighting. The
principles of Lightcraft have over 30 years of experience in manufacturing and
designing outdoor lighting products.

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Q-Who is Solar-Scapes competition?

A- At this time, there is no real competition for their high
quality and broad range of products.



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