Solar powered led trough lighting system

Zeta Specialist Lighting and Portland Lighting have together developed the ECOLUX SOLAR. The new product innovation is the industry's first LED trough lighting system that’s entirely powered by solar. It has been designed to use in retail and commercial signage, and to illuminate advertising billboards.

The Walsall-based specialist sign lighting manufacturer and Bicester-based Zeta, who design, develop and manufacture LED and solar powered lighting systems, have collaborated to develop this next-generation energy and cost saving sign illumination solution.

The technology behind this new innovation is similar to that used in Zeta’s bespoke Solar Signage Kit widely used in totems and monoliths, and which was voted as Sign Product of the Year at the 2014 British Sign Awards.
“The ECOLUX SOLAR provides an optimum solar powered LED lighting solution for outdoor signage where mains-fed lighting isn’t an option,” said Zeta’s Sales and Marketing Director Adrian Dennis.

The ECOLUX SOLAR incorporates discreet and flexible PV solar panels which harness the sun’s energy throughout the day; long life maintenance-free batteries; and Zeta’s innovative Energy Management System (EMS) which releases the stored energy and uses it to power the LED trough light and illuminate the sign or billboard. This flexible solution can also include PIR movement sensors for added flexibility, reduces light pollution and comes with easy to fit brackets.

“With the ECOLUX SOLAR we’re offering customers a robust, durable and virtually maintenance-free, lighting solution. It’s a feature-rich and flexible trough lighting system that provides even illumination, is dimmable, can be controlled with a timer and can incorporate a movement sensitive PIR interface,” said Portland Lighting’s Managing Director Dave Harrison.

Adrian said: “Trough lighting is traditionally an inexpensive solution and now with solar, we’re bringing the costs down further, as well as opening up the opportunity to illuminate outdoor signage in settings where there is no on-grid connection or where the cost of laying cabling would be prohibitive.”

www.zetaled.co.uk
www.portlandlighting.co.uk

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Highlight Mk.4 - Brighter, at almost half the cost?

Highlight Mk.4 profile.Readings from meters showing Electrical consumption comparison of 2 pieces of lighting.Joining section on the Highlight Mk. 4.Wave shaped bracket.
Highlight Mk.4 is a new extruded aluminium trough lighting profile from Insight, replacing its current T8 and T5 profiles, catering for both fluorescent and LED light sources, with three options for brightness on the latter.

Highlight Mk.4 LED Superbright version offers better performance than fluorescent, says Insight, yet consumes just over half the electricity (11.9 W compared to 20 W for a 600mm long unit), so now you can have the ultimate in brightness while helping the environment. You also benefit in that virtually no maintenance apart from cleaning is necessary, coupled with around five times the useful life of standard fluorescent (based on 12 hours a day, 365 days per year).

Insight says it has no doubt that its Highlight Mk.4 LED Bright version will soon replace fluorescent, being almost as bright but consuming just 8.4 W for the same length as above.

The only benefit fluorescent can offer is cost. Highlight Mk.4 Fluorescent starts at just £10.00 per foot, compared to LED Bright at £15.00. However, if you are not driven by initial cost, the saving in energy, maintenance and long life will soon repay the difference.

The most economical version is Highlight Mk.4 LED Green, consuming just 3.8W for the same length as above from which you still obtain reasonable illumination for smaller fascia signs.

So go on help the planet and after a few years see a good cash saving.

This very attractive profile shape is also functional in that it diffuses light on to the sign face, rather than direct it, which could cause glare or hot spots, sometimes making text illegible. The slanting bullnose front shape shields light spillage and prevents light dazzling passing motorists.

Another very important part of any lighting system is the joints. Insight has spent the money and provides another separate extrusion following the inside shape of the profile, this provides support at joints and prevents both light spillage and water ingress. Don't purchase any trough light with out one, says Insight.

Highlight Mk.4 offers a wide range of clip-on fit fixing brackets, and now also a wave shape version which adds style but more importantly is ideal for signs where you have very little spare space, hence reducing the size of the fixing plate to the smallest possible while still allowing top and bottom fixings. Insight never recommends brackets with horizontal fixings as the wind causes all lights to move up and down, causing horizontal fixings to become slack.

For further information, visit Insight Sign Systems' web site at www.insightsignsystems.com

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