Sol was recently featured in the March issue of LD+A, a magazine produced by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. The article was prominently featured as the opening article in the "Products in Practice" section of the magazine, and outlines the details of a 20/20® solar LED lighting installation at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, California.
Here is the article written by Samantha Schwirck.
Continue to smell the roses well through the evening hours at the L.A. County Arboretum & Botanic Garden, thanks to a new solar lighting system installed last year. The system extends from the parking lot to the visitor’s center in order to enliven the site after sunset.
Sol Inc.’s pole-mounted 20/20 LED fixtures—each with one or two luminaires containing 48 high-lumen LEDs powered by photovoltaic solar energy panels—were chosen specifically because of the setting’s delicate root system, according to Dibs Tailor, president and CEO of Sol, the manufacturer that worked with the city of L.A. to plan, design and install the system.
“The wiring and trenching necessary to install traditional grid-tied lighting would have destroyed the delicate and treasured tree root system of the garden, and been prohibitively expensive with a number of existing permanent structures already in place,” Tailor explains. “Additionally, the county wanted visitors to enjoy the arboretum into the evening hours, so the parking lot lighting made for a more secure experience.”
The system includes 11 single fixtures (with one luminaire), four double fixtures (with two luminaires), six 60-W grid-tied luminaires and poles, and one Bright Lights Systems fixture with four-bollard luminaires. The installation also utilizes 30 percent less energy than the existing system and is expected to last five times longer.