LEDs plus Solar cells make a well-lit world

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Ever wonder how a stoplight works? We all know they never work precisely how we want them to, but what about their innards? I head to the factory of Carmanah Technologies for some hard workobservation (I hate getting my hands dirty). Carmanah combines solar energy and LEDs in order for planes and ships to traverse the planet safely. We can also thank them for those metering lights getting onto the freeway on our way home.

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    Grant

    thanks for this awesome look at camanah tina - mainstream solar lighting finally!!! ...bus shelters, security lights, aviation landing strips... theyre doing great with their products being shipped all over the world from little ol victoria... i moved to victoria this year and its a beautiful place to live... and as a guy in the tech industry i can tell you that its a great place to work too 

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    Grant

    thanks for this awesome look at camanah tina - mainstream solar lighting finally!!! ...bus shelters, security lights, aviation landing strips... theyre doing great with their products being shipped all over the world from little ol victoria... i moved to victoria this year and its a beautiful place to live... and as a guy in the tech industry i can tell you that its a great place to work too 

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    Matthew Mushall

    Tina,
    Yet again, I must commend you for an astounding segement, my goddess!  Did you research and choose to cover Carmanah, or did the 10 team put this together and dispatch you as the lovely correspondant?  Either way, I'm awestruck.  If I didn't know any better, I'd say these environmental technology segments were made for me.  I'm a member of NJPIRG and the recycling commitee of NJ.  Environmental technology means the world to me.  I spent the last year promoting solar power and LED lighting...so this segment is all the more important to me.  I've even tried to get my Air Force squadron to make the jump to LED flashlights, but it's slow and a little expensive at present.  I really believe solar power is the future.

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    Matthew Mushall

    Tina,
    Yet again, I must commend you for an astounding segement, my goddess!  Did you research and choose to cover Carmanah, or did the 10 team put this together and dispatch you as the lovely correspondant?  Either way, I'm awestruck.  If I didn't know any better, I'd say these environmental technology segments were made for me.  I'm a member of NJPIRG and the recycling commitee of NJ.  Environmental technology means the world to me.  I spent the last year promoting solar power and LED lighting...so this segment is all the more important to me.  I've even tried to get my Air Force squadron to make the jump to LED flashlights, but it's slow and a little expensive at present.  I really believe solar power is the future.

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    DavidS

    I'm pretty sure that I've seen photos of Carmanah gear being used in the Gulf, so I wonder if other groups in the armed forces are already using LED lighting? I know they have made huge inroads into Great Britain with solar-powered bus shelters, too. From my point of view, I really like Carmanah's three-way mix of environmentally-friendly thinking plus a sound business bottom line plus cool technology.

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    DavidS

    I'm pretty sure that I've seen photos of Carmanah gear being used in the Gulf, so I wonder if other groups in the armed forces are already using LED lighting? I know they have made huge inroads into Great Britain with solar-powered bus shelters, too. From my point of view, I really like Carmanah's three-way mix of environmentally-friendly thinking plus a sound business bottom line plus cool technology.

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    Barry Hawkey

    Goddess.  Wow.

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    Barry Hawkey

    Goddess.  Wow.

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    Matthew Mushall

    Well...she is to me anyway. Smiley

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    Matthew Mushall

    Well...she is to me anyway. Smiley

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    Matthew Mushall

    Solar power and LED lighting are being used by all branches of the military.  Most notably, the Coast Guard, Army Rangers, and Marines.  Most of it is designated for "deployable gear" and is used in the field.  Home station units don't get priority, and end up using old surplus gear.  Slowly but surely, LED lighting and fiberoptics will be the standard.  It's a more efficient technology, and definately helps the bottom line, even if you have to invest a little more in the beginning.

    Eventually, solar technolgy might become another standard.  The only downside is the cost and waste of manufacturing solar panels.  They are made from specially treated silicon tiles, and doping them produces a lot of chemical waste.  At present, they are still ineffective at producing a large sum of power, but the technology is still in development.

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    Matthew Mushall

    Solar power and LED lighting are being used by all branches of the military.  Most notably, the Coast Guard, Army Rangers, and Marines.  Most of it is designated for "deployable gear" and is used in the field.  Home station units don't get priority, and end up using old surplus gear.  Slowly but surely, LED lighting and fiberoptics will be the standard.  It's a more efficient technology, and definately helps the bottom line, even if you have to invest a little more in the beginning.

    Eventually, solar technolgy might become another standard.  The only downside is the cost and waste of manufacturing solar panels.  They are made from specially treated silicon tiles, and doping them produces a lot of chemical waste.  At present, they are still ineffective at producing a large sum of power, but the technology is still in development.

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    Rafael Nieves

    As I understand there have been really remarkable breakthroughs in the last couple months in solar panels and how much energy they are able to collect. Being a Floridian, I'm interested in this sort of technology... there's always enough sun to go around.... and maybe some wind around hurricane season.

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    Rafael Nieves

    As I understand there have been really remarkable breakthroughs in the last couple months in solar panels and how much energy they are able to collect. Being a Floridian, I'm interested in this sort of technology... there's always enough sun to go around.... and maybe some wind around hurricane season.

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    Rafael Nieves

    I wonder how secure their wireless control is. Even now there are people who use emergency transmitters to change street lights from red to green. I wonder how much havoc can be created with a system this open. I'm not knocking it though, it's pretty bad * how easy it is to setup and how "smart" this lightning are.

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    Rafael Nieves

    I wonder how secure their wireless control is. Even now there are people who use emergency transmitters to change street lights from red to green. I wonder how much havoc can be created with a system this open. I'm not knocking it though, it's pretty bad * how easy it is to setup and how "smart" this lightning are.

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    Grant

    that's a good point, although my guess is they've thought of wireless security - however there are other Vancouver Island companies in the lighting space, such as Streetlight Intelligence, that can incrementally control individual streetlights (from 0% to 100% on) by assigning each light with an IP address - individual lights can be assessed for bulb life and other maintenance issues as well... anyway, another set of security issues to look at!

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    Grant

    that's a good point, although my guess is they've thought of wireless security - however there are other Vancouver Island companies in the lighting space, such as Streetlight Intelligence, that can incrementally control individual streetlights (from 0% to 100% on) by assigning each light with an IP address - individual lights can be assessed for bulb life and other maintenance issues as well... anyway, another set of security issues to look at!

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