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Solar Energy – Facts

  • India is endowed with vast solar energy potential. About 5,000 trillion kWh per year energy is incident over India’s land area with most parts receiving 4-7 kWh per sq. m per day.
  • Solar energy is environmentally friendly as it has zero emissions while generating electricity or heat.
  • From an energy security perspective, solar is the most secure of all sources, since it is abundantly available. Theoretically, a small fraction of the total incident solar energy (if captured effectively) can meet the entire country’s power requirements.

Why Solar?

  • For many decades solar energy has been considered as a huge source of energy and also an economical source of energy because it is freely available.
  • With improvement in solar energy technology and the increase in prices of fossil fuel, solar energy is gradually becoming more and more affordable.
  • In the last few years, the cost of manufacturing of photovoltaic cells has gone down by as much as 5% in a year and the percentage of government subsidies have gone up.

LED LIGHTING

LED lights and fluorescent lights are completely different technologies. LEDs are very small bulbs illuminated by movement of electrons in a diode. Fluorescent bulbs use electrodes and a gas combination of argon and mercury to produce light.

An LED tube is made up of hundreds of individual LEDs. They come in a variety of sizes, different temperatures (i.e. different colors of light) and varying arrays of LEDs. They can be purchased with new fixtures, or used for retrofitting existing fixtures. But keep in mind, they don’t require ballasts, so those will need to be removed when replacing fluorescent bulbs.

When comparing LEDs to fluorescent tubes, here are four key specifications you should review:

Lumens – This is the unit of measurement for strength of light. Look for tubes with 1500 lumens or more.

Watts – This is a unit of measurement for power consumption. Four foot LED tubes typically use 15 to 25 watts, while fluorescent tubes use more than 30 watts.

Lifespan – This is how long the bulb will last. It’s measured in hours. 50,000 hours is common for LED tubes.

Color temperature – The temperature of the light is the color of the light. It is measured in units of absolute temperature, or Kelvin (K). 3000K is considered warm (yellowish), 4100K is considered neutral, and 5800 K is cool (bluish).

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