Nov 29, 2014

Solar Lighting up DC

I'm seeing so many solar-powered LEDs around DC! Here are some instances:
  • Top left: Fence-mounted lights at Thomas and 1st NW. There's a lot of First Street Tunnel construction that's leaving sidewalks dark. This $250 Greentek light kicks out 1200 lumens (equal to 140W lamp).
  • Top right: Columbia Heights Civic Plaza solar glass canopies power the lights and fountain. It's " of the first urban streetscapes of its kind in the world to have its own renewable electricity generation capability" according to this source. Whoah.
  • Bottom left: Pavement markers on 15th and K NW (Saris Cycle Guide Lights). Apparently, this is a huge deal in Portlandia. These markers make the bike paths look like a scene out of Avatar or an airport runway.
  • Bottom right: My athletic brother and his girlfriend at the Metropolitan Branch Trail solar LED lights at 5th and T NE. According to Trinidad resident Geoff Hatchard, there were some problems with these lights a few years ago. I'm hoping the company, Sol has addressed this.

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