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What is the difference between “Watts” and “Lumens”?

Though light bulbs have traditionally been measured in Watts, today, manufacturer are now required to provide Lumens on the packaging for lights. Watts is the measurement of how much energy the light bulb will draw. However, this really has nothing to do with how bright a light bulb will be. Lumens, on the other hand, is a measurement of brightness. With a rating for Watts and for Lumens on a particular light bulb, you can determine how efficient your...


Do Solar Fountain Pumps Work?

Of course.  When installed correctly and with the solar panel placed in the sunlight during the day, solar fountain pumps work great!  All of the solar pumps at Silicon Solar feature high-quality pumps using the latest technology and high-efficiency solar panels.  Additionally, all of our solar pumps are designed to be plug-n-play simple to setup and run - and require little, or no, lifetime maintenance.


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Sidney NY Town Sign GenLight System

The town of Sidney, NY is the birthplace of Silicon Solar. Therefore, Silicon Solar founders Adam Farrell and Matt Farrell have donated a third generation GenLight 108LED solar sign light to the town for their town entrance sign. The entrance sign previously had a traditional electric lighting system installed, which costs the town roughly $217.56 a year in electric use charges. Now with the new GenLight 108 LED on their entrance sign they will save $2175.60 in electric costs...


Silicon Solar Cabin Solar Kits Take You Off the Grid, Save You Money, and Make You Eco-Friendly!

Ready to go green with your cabin? Installing a solar system to power your cabins, cottages, remote homes, and hunting lodges, etc. will keep your remote space eco-friendly and save you more than a couple bucks. The Cabin Solar Kits from Siliconsolar are designed to completely kick the electrical grid system out of the door and out of your wallet. These solar kits are tailored to meet your exact energy needs in order to take your cabin off the...


Do I need to buy a charge controller for an Automotive or Marine Solar Panel?

No you do not.  The panel has a trickle charger installed into it. This means that the panel can lose some capacity in storage due to self-discharge, but with a trickle charger it will replaces lost amp-hours to your battery.  This will ensure a  quick start and extending battery life.


Top 5 Solar LED Flood Lights

Solar LED Flood Lights are extremely popular (and getting more so). With the high-cost of electricity, traditional lighting systems and professional installation services for electric lighting systems, more and more home and small business owners are turnining to solar flood lights for their security and area lighting needs. Below are 5 of the best solar LED flood lights that I have found and used in a number of application. Each of these solar flood lights is simple to setup and...


What is the difference between monocrystalline, polycrystalline, and thin film solar panels?

  Monocrystalline solar panels are panels cut from single slabs of silicon. They are identifiable by their consistent color throughout the panel and are often a dark blue to almost black color. Historically, monocrystalline panels have had the highest efficiency (around 15-17%) because being cut from a single slab of silicon allows a greater level of purity in the silicon, but have also been more expensive for the same reason. Polycrystalline panels are those created from many different pieces of silicon...


I am making my own fountain. What size pump do I need?

The most important rating for a fountain pump is the head rating, or the maximum height that the pump can lift water upwards. This is important for determining whether or not a pump has enough power to physically lift water up a desired height. Normally the pump should be slightly oversized (for example, a 3.5 foot rated pump for a 3 foot fountain) rather than undersized because a nozzle can be put on the pump to reduce flow if...


What are the environmental benefits of solar power?

In short the use of solar PV panels prevents the production of radioactive nuclear waste. Studies tell us that one megawatt-hour of electricity generated through a solar PV panel avoids more than five pounds of sulfur dioxide, 1,300 pounds of carbon dioxide, and about two pounds of nitrogen oxide emission. One of the greatest things about solar power is that it creates the greatest supply as demands spike. Especially on hot sunny days, when air-conditioning and electricity are high,...