Archive for October, 2007

Solar Cynergy as a hot green tip in Apartment Therapy

October 31, 2007

Apartment Therapy

Green Tip: Solar LED Path Lighting

 

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We have been neck deep in reno’s and will be for a while, but when it comes time to finally move outside, these solar powered LED path lights sure look like an interesting option for lighting up our outdoor living space. posted originally from: AT:Hometech

We have looked at the Philips LED lights before, but the Solar Cynergy path lights are interesting because they use a capacitor to provide up to 15 hours of lighting on 8 hours of solar charge. The entire unit is encased in resin which allows you to integrate it directly with patio stones or even poured concrete. Perfect for a modern design without any need for electricity or additional wiring work.

-via Treehugger

– ryan

Solar Cynergy featured in SlowHome: New Design Environment!

October 29, 2007

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New Design

A Smarter Light

Exterior Installation

 

Solar Cynergy Solar LEDs

Solar efficiency and modern accent lighting combined. Utilizing quality Nichia LEDs and capacitor technology, Solar Cynergy offers high end architectural and landscape lighting for your home.

Removed from view and embedded beneath the scratch resistant polycarbonate resin surfaces, the solar panels cycle power to a capacitor that charges during the day and automatically illuminates the LEDs at nightfall via a photo sensor.

Each self-contained fixture allows for easy installation with no messy wiring and is ideal for accenting pathways, gardens, pools and custom landscapes. All fixtures are weather resilient, capable of being driven over and are protected by a 10 year manufacturer’s warranty.

Solar Cynergy is available in RSC-100 circular, RSC-500 square or RSC-900 rectangular models in green, blue, red, white and halogen white.

Dimensions: (L x W x H in)
RSC-100 – 3.1” x 2.3”
RSC-500 – 3.8” x. 3.8” x 2.3”
RSC-900 – 7.7” x 3.8” x 2.3”

 

 

Solar Cynergy LED

Location: Corona, California , US West

Designer: Solar Cynergy

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Rectangular: Green


Circular: Red and Blue


Square: Halogen White


Square: Red

Solar Cynergy featured in VentureBeat! (live post Sept 19th)

October 29, 2007

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Solar Cynergy, for zero-energy outdoor lighting
By Chris Morrison 09.19.07

Makers of outdoor light-emitting diode (LED) technology usually aim at replacing public street lights, which sap large amounts of energy over time. A company called Solar Cynergy has instead chosen to focus on the residential outdoor decorative lighting market.

LEDs consume less power than incandescent bulbs, the standard lighting used everywhere. LEDs are a developing technology that may one day beat fluorescents for energy efficiency, and also have an extremely long life-span. Their low power requirements mean they can be combined with a small solar cell and capacitor to drop off the power grid entirely.

Solar Cynergy’s initial outdoor product is a “brick” that is installed in the ground and covered by a polycarbon shield strong enough to drive a truck over. During the day, the solar cell inside soaks up sunlight, storing the energy in its capacitor. At night, the light comes on automatically. A single day of weak sunlight is enough to power the LED for several days, according to the company, and the lights can last as long as 25 years.

Competitor Hotbeam sells a nearly identical product, although the “SolarBrick” has a more visible solar panel. Solar Cynergy has also begun making lights designed for cities, such as cross-walks illuminators.

solarcynergy1.jpgSolar Cynergy has started out targeting the high-end residential market, to cover its high component costs: A pack of six round lights costs about $799 wholesale. John Huang, an associate of the company, blames manufacturing costs and a 20-40 percent markup that will be reduced over time.

But with the price of both LEDs and solar paneling coming down by at least 10 percent each year, and production ramping up, it won’t be long until the lights are within reach for ordinary homeowners. Solar Cynergy currently sells only through a handful of distributors, who resell to construction companies and contractors across the country, but recently signed a contract to sell through SmartHome, an online retailer.

Prashant Shewa, CEO of the company’s Japanese parent Shewas Inc., claims that Solar Cynergy is run by only six employees and already takes in about $7 million annually. Its early success is an indicator of the expanding market for energy-conscious products in every aspect of consumer’s lives.

For more on cleantech LED designs, see our posts on D.Light Design and Metrolight.

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Solar Cynergy featured on Ecotality.com!

October 28, 2007

Virtually Free Landscape Lighting*

Solar Cynergy of Corona, California, is marketing what may be the ultimate in eco-friendly lighting these days – solar-powered LED lighting – lights that store solar energy during the day and use it to power long-lasting LED lights at night. I call them virtually free because they don’t cost anything to operate once you’ve paid the upfront cost of the lamps. More on the cost in a minute.

LEDs consume far less power than incandescent bulbs, and last longer. Because they require so little power, combining them with a small solar cell and a capacitor allows the light to be completely off the grid.

Solar Cynergy’s first product is an outdoor landscape accent light for the residential market. The light is a “brick” that is installed in the ground. It is covered by a polycarbon shield that is strong enough to withstand being driven over by a truck. The light comes on automatically at night, and the company says that a single day of weak sunlight is enough to power the LED for several days, according to the company. The LED lights are considered capable of lasting for as long as 25 years.

Solar Cynergy’s initial market target is the high-end residential market – a pack of six round lights costs about $799 wholesale, though as manufacturing costs for LEDs and solar paneling continue to come down – they’re dropping 10 percent annually, the price likely will come down.$799 sounds like a steep up-front price for six landscape lights, but considering that the LEDs last 25 years and the solar power is free, I’d be interested to see how the math works. That $799 cost comes out to about $32 per year. Does it cost that much per year to use grid power to run six regular electric landscape lights? If the costs are similar now, grid power is likely to rise in price over the next 25 years, while the solar LEDs essentially lock in your power costs for as long as they continue to function – and the replacements 25 years from now probably will cost less, not more, in inflation-adjusted dollars.

There also are three non-price factors favoring the solar LEDs: there are no wires to bury, they’re better for the environment, and there’s a “cool” factor to them that regular lights plugged into the grid can’t match.

Solar Cynergy has also begun making similar lights designed for cities, including one meant for lighting city-street crosswalks.

A recent news story about Solar Cynergy has the CEO of the Solar Cynergy’s Japanese parent company claiming that Solar Cynergy is run by just six employees and has annual revenue of about $7 million. Solar Cynergy isn’t the only company in this space – Hotbeam of Australia sells a nearly identical product called the “Solar Brick.”

[Update: Michael has a video review of this solar brick over at GroovyGreen]

Solar Cynergy featured on TreeHugger.com!

October 25, 2007

by Warren McLaren, Sydney on 10.25.07

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Couple of years ago we ran a post on a German supplier of Solarbricks, solar powered imbedded path lighting. One commenter wondering if such things were available Stateside. A while back a Japanese/American firm, Solar Cynergy, did get in touch to alert us to their product of very similar nature.

The Solar LED Series can be used for the residential purposes indicated in our first post, but Solar Cynergy also indicate that they’ve a line that is specifically suited to what they call ‘city and transportation’ applications, like carparks, pedestrian walkways, etc.

Two to eight light emitting diodes (LEDs) encased in polycarbonate resin are combined with a small photovolatic cell to power the lights for up to about 15 hours after an 8 hour charge in sunlight. Energy is stored via capacitor technology, negating the need for batteries. Available with a 10 year warranty the lights are said to last for more than 25 years, even if it rains, or folk drive on top of them. ::Solar Cynergy via tip from John H.

Quick video showing how Solar Cynergy works!

October 24, 2007

CoolProduct posted a quick video showing Solar Cynergy Solar LEDs in action. The units simply charge during the day and at dusk, a photosensor triggers and illuminates!

Check it out!

Congratulations to Georgia Tech team at Solar Decathlon!

October 22, 2007

After an amazing show, the Georgia Tech Solar Decathlon team ranked in the top amongst its competitors. Truly an exceptional home. We are extremely proud to have supplied our Solar LEDs to accent the home’s brilliant luminescent glow.

Solar Cynergy Solar LED at Solar Decathlon

 

Solar Decathlon Georgia Tech

 

Solar Cynergy is No. 1 on CalFinder’s 7 Coolest Planet-Friendly Remodeling Products!

October 19, 2007
  1. Outdoor Lights Gone Stellar
    solar lightsOutdoor lights make decks, driveways, and stairs safer and more festive. Now they can also be environmentally friendly with solar lights, found on GetWithGreen.com. Unlike your average decorative lights, solar lights are charged by the sun during the day and can last up to twenty-five years without batteries. They’re made to fit right into your landscape surface and are strong enough to withstand the impact from a small truck.
  2. Recycled Bath Water
    garden angelPerpetual Water banned lawn watering then decided to take another, proactive approach. The company created devices, like GardenAngel, that clean and filter water from washing machines, showers, and sinks before sending it to the sprinkler system.
  3. Forest-Free Floors
    Using wood products does not have to mean destroying ancient rainforests. Hardwood flooring products by EcoTimber come from well-managed forests, fast-growing bamboo, or reclaimed flooring.
  4. Wood Floors – Without the Wood
    An alternative to using wood from well-managed forests is using engineered lumber, provided by Alternative Building Services. Made from laminated veneer lumber, laminated strand lumber, and medium density fiberboard, engineered lumber is stronger than its sawn counterpart.
  5. Nature-Inspired Paint
    The 40 YOLO ColorHouse paint colors are inspired by nature’s palette. It is environmentally responsible paint made with zero volatile organic compounds.
  6. Sun in a Tube
    Unlike a skylight or sun-charged solar light, Solatube lights capture and redirect sunlight using reflective surfaces. A diffuser installed at ceiling-level will spread light evenly throughout the room.
  7. Countertops: The Newest in Recycled Paper
    These countertops made by Paperstone are made from 50 to 100% recycled paper, do not use petroleum-based phenols, and are formaldehyde free.

To learn more about CalFinder “the source for certified remodeling contractors” visit them at http://www.calfinder.com!

LightLines Inc officially added as Solar Cynergy’s Manufacturer’s Rep in PA

October 19, 2007

Solar Cynergy would like to welcome LightLines Inc as our Pennsylvania territory manufacturer’s representative agency!

Since 1991, Light Lines has evolved into a niche agency to better serve our customers.

We are incredibly happy to be featured on the Lightlines Line Card as their exponential growth is a true testament to their dedicated efforts and ethic.

For Pennsylvania area specifications please contact Dave Camp at dcamp@lightlines-inc.com.

Solar Energy 101 – Very informative presentation at Google

October 17, 2007

For those of you that love the idea of solar but know little about the mechanics behind it, ReadySolar.com provided a great informational piece at Google. A definite must see for those of us interested in the basics of Solar energy systems. Enjoy!