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Solar Lighting: Making Steps Off-Grid towards a Sustainable Future

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Providing sustainable, energy-efficient lighting systems, while maintaining performance and aesthetically pleasing forms, is sureto be one of the greatest challenges for architects and design professionals in the ''st century. Global attention to climate cha nge and environmental disasters, such as The Gulf Oil Spill, has intensified the spotlight on environmentally conscious design a nd the use of renewable energies.According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), residential and commercial buildings consume mo re than one third of the energy used in the United States each year. Lighting for commercial buildings accounts for '' percent of this energy usage. LEED, ASHRAE/IESNA ''.' and California Title '' have helped drive design professionals to respond with innova tive solutions to achieve their design intent. Manufacturers are challenged with providing energy efficient and environmentally f riendlyproducts to meet market demands while evaluating their own carbon footprint in the process. r energy technology that uses semi-conductors to directly convert solar radiation to electricity. Charge controlled stand-alone P

Objectives

  • Explain the benefits of using solar powered lighting. 
  • Identify the components of an off-grid solar luminaire. 
  • Discuss how to choose a light source/luminaire. 
  • Describe how systems are sized to meet clients' needs. 
  • Assess which applications are best suited for off-grid solar lighting.
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