Energy costs and growing awareness about light pollution are changing the way outdoor lighting is designed and purchased – although the changes are slow. The traditional approach of simply specifying the types of light bulbs a fixture uses is giving way to emerging standards aimed at understanding what light levels are optimum for specific applications.
Switch can help you bring this approach to your outdoor lighting needs: basing affordable solar systems on modern standards for lighting output and intensity, not on types of light bulbs.
- is the most sustainable, carbon-neutral way to provide outside lighting
- provides an instant “green” impression
- is quickly installed (typically taking only 6 to 8 weeks from initial inquiry to installation)
Solar LED lighting is the most efficient and reliable for street and roadway lighting, security lighting, general area lighting, trail and pathway lighting, and outdoor advertising. These systems install easily and have long warranties. Long-life LED technology can provide lighting for over 20 years without changing light bulbs – eliminating the hazards of out-of-order lighting fixtures.
Switch can also provide more conventional solar-powered lighting, self-contained lights (with solar panels and batteries), and systems that displace highly polluting generators.
Switch is unique among D.C.-area renewable energy companies in having a founder with project management and financing experience in very large-scale energy projects. Over the course of his career, Chris Graves has been responsible for a total of almost $3 billion in energy development. So whether your project is big for you ($10,000) or just plain big ($10,000,000), Switch can help – from justifying a project to your CEO or board, to financing, to ensuring successful implementation.
No one has more experience than the manufacturers' designers and installers. So our philosophy is to call on these experts to customize installations to each client's needs and each site's idiosyncracies. Because we can choose from different manufacturers, we can provide you with the best thinking in the industry – in addition to the best product lines.
Some lighting installers are distributors for only one brand of equipment. In contrast, Switch can offer you the very best technology for your needs from a variety of manufacturers. And, of course, whenever improvements are made or a new technology appears, we'll be ready and able to assess it and install it for you.
Switch uses Master Electricians and Certified Roofers to install our systems – far exceeding the in-house expertise of competitors.
With this in-depth experience behind our work, we're able to extend the industry's typical labor guarantee from one year to five. If anything goes wrong with your system during the first five years, we will fix it. (The usual legal caveats about bad behavior on your part apply, of course.)