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ESGs in Businesses and Solar Lighting

Written By Correy Pelletier

In today’s ever-changing financial environment, there are many criteria investors look at in considering their next move, environmental, social, and corporate governance. The environmental part is how the company affects the environment through energy use, waste, pollution, natural resource conservation, and treatment of animals. ESG can also be used for a company when it might face any environmental risks, then what the company will do to manage those risks.

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DEELAT D1775555 Solar Street Light – 6000 Lumens

 

Businesses affect the environment with pollution and deforestation and investors look at how their investments are affecting the environment. Companies or investors should be looking at how the business affects the environment. New environmentally conscious rules and policies are being put in place by the government and companies. The laws are changing to catch up with new environmental policies and many companies are choosing to adhere to more rigid standards in order to keep up.

Companies’ carbon footprints and emissions are driving them to aim for net-zero carbon and set themselves apart from their competition. Nuveen, a leading global investment manager, plans to be net-zero carbon by 2040. They are focusing on clean energy and the energy-efficient market. The company and its borrowers get a net reduction in operating costs through the utility savings and there are environmental benefits too, with lower carbon emissions.

There are now companies whose sole purpose is to help companies improve their ESG compliance, such as Navex Global. They look at multiple factors, such as sustainability and sourcing, as well as financial factors which come into play. These programs are a great approach, but you can start smaller when considering the environmental side of the ESG guidelines by using energy-efficient lighting or renewable resources. Another change companies can make is the switch to solar lighting.

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DEELAT D1151527 Solar Street Light – Maysville, Kentucky: Walking Path Project

 

When considering the most cost-effective changes you can make, while keeping an eye on the initial costs of implementing those changes, solar technology is a great thing to begin the journey towards clean energy. Lighting is a necessity and solar lamps are an easy switch to make without making any substantial changes by merely replacing traditional lighting equipment with the solar alternative. Another simple addition that can be made to any business, regardless of the field is the use of solar panels. After a simple setup, these panels can absorb and store power, which then can be used to run a multitude of necessary equipment. Your company will greatly impact the environment. Many businesses mistakenly believe that the transition to solar energy has to be a drastic event, one that will be prohibitive, both in cost and time, but this does not have to be the case. Small changes, made progressively, can make a big impact.

One of the companies using solar panels is Amazon, an e-commerce corporation, has 32 rooftop solar systems in the United States, which span over the warehouse roofs. And in 2019, their installations offset the carbon emissions of more than 200 million miles of truck deliveries.

Another company investing in solar panels is Starbucks. As of April 2017, Starbucks invested in a 149,000-panel solar installation in Robeson County, North Carolina.

Deelat is also working to put solar street lights in cities and towns across the United States, Europe, Australia, and Canada. There are some costly setbacks for municipal governments, such as installation labor costs and purchasing solar lighting equipment. These costs and regulations can be helped and worked by cleantech companies developing projects in those cities. These projects can be pushed by civilian action and representatives focusing on the issues of solar power and clean energy. Deelat has a multitude of solar street lights, solar landscape lighting, and solar products on our website.

Choose Your Solar Powered Light Based on LED Color (Kelvin) Temperature

Written by Correy Pelletier

There is more to selecting the bulb size or fixture for LED lights, there is also choosing the color temperature which is measured in Kelvin. These LED lights can brighten up certain rooms in many ways and create an atmosphere.

 

LED light color temperatures span from 2300K to 6000K and the lower temperatures produce warmer light, while the higher temperatures have the brightest and coldest light.

 

There are many levels of LED color temperatures you can choose from.

Color temperature scale in Kelvin
Color temperature scale in Kelvin – Photo Credit: Suriya KK

The 2300K or amber glow color is the warmest temperature with an amber hue. This color temperature is great for rooms with dark-toned furniture, such as in-home bars or dens.

 

The 2700K or warm white has an orange-yellow color that sets a cozy ambiance. The color goes with brown and green decor and wooden furniture or walling.

 

The 3000K or the soft white glow is for any home or business, it is a pleasing and inviting color that brightens up any dining area, like a dining room, cafe, restaurant, lounge, or bar.

 

The 4000K or daylight glow color, a white similar to the white light from outside or the natural daylight. It works best with light colors and a minimalist style, which is great for offices, lobbies, schools, and garages.

 

The 5000K or crystal white glow is a crisp blue-white. Great for outdoor security lighting or ceiling or hanging lighting in workshops, factories, and hospitals.

 

The 6000K or super bright white color is an ultra-bright blue color that has a futuristic glow. For areas that need superior brightness, like streetlights and warehouses.

 

Deelat Industrial sells solar LED lights sold measured in Kelvin (K) or in color temperature. Specifically, the solar streetlight SKU number D1776023 with a motion sensor and has 8000 Lumens. This solar streetlight one is 6000K or 6000 Kelvin and one of the brighter lights. Great for lighting up a street for people walking around at night.

 

Another example is the solar garden light SKU number D1151541, the short cup design with 100 Lumens. This light has 3000K, it has a soft white glow, is great for lighting up a garden or walkway. The inviting light lets people feel welcome and at home.

 

When looking for an LED light, think of the brightness or areas you want to lighten up.

The Different Styles of Actuators Used With Motorized Ball Valves

There are four different styles of motorized ball valve actuators to select from depending on the application. The combination kit comes with a valve and an actuator and here is how they function.

*View All Motorized Ball Valves on DEELAT

There are few choices of styles of actuators contingent on your current wiring and application.

The on/off style, which is standard and the simplest style is a three-wire system. The blue wire is the negative power line and must always be connected. The brown wire is one of the positive leads and must always be connected to the power. The black wire is the second positive lead and must run through your switch. If the power is removed from the black wire it closes the valve and if the power is connected to it, it will open the valve.

If you lose power to the actuator:

  • It will stay in its current state.
    • If the valve is closed it will stay closed or the valve is open it will stay open.
  • There is no feedback wire to let you know the position of the valve.

*It has a limit switch, so when the valve is fully open or fully closed it will stop using energy meaning you won’t be wasting energy.

Example of the On/Off Style:  DEELAT Motorized Ball Valve SKU# D1151092

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DEELAT On/Off Actuator Wiring Set-up

The three-point style is very similar to the on/off style as it is also inexpensive and a three-wire system. The blue wire is a negative power line that must always be connected. The brown and black wires are connected to a two-way switch, which then connects to the positive power line. You either can power the brown wire or the black wire but are never to be powered at the same time. The brown wire will open the valve and the black wire will close the valve.

If all power to the actuator is lost:

  • It will stay in its current state.
    • If the valve is closed it will stay closed or the valve is open it will stay open.
  • There is no feedback wire to let you know the position of the valve.

*It also has a limit switch, so when the valve is fully open or fully closed it will stop using energy meaning you won’t be wasting energy.

Example of the 3-Point Style:  DEELAT Motorized Ball Valve SKU# D1151099

DEELAT Motorized Ball Valve with 3-Point Wiring Actuator
DEELAT 3-Point Actuator Wiring Set-up

There are few other options of actuators that are more versatile.

The capacitor return style is more expensive and is a two-wire system. One wire is the positive lead, while the other is the common or negative power line. Adding or removing the positive lead will send instructions to the motor to open or close the valve. Before the motor or valve will work you must provide power to the actuator, which will charge it. Charge the actuator for at least five minutes. Once it is charged, the actuator will function under normal conditions, whereas adding or removing the lead will open or close the actuator. However, in a power loss situation (a full power loss like a blackout), the valve will auto close. You can set the default for it to open or close the valve on all DEELAT motorized ball valves, including the capacitor return model.

Example of the Capacitor Return Style:  DEELAT Motorized Ball Valve SKU# D1775554

The proportional style is the most expensive actuator, which can open at different degrees and is a five-wire system. This actuator has to be connected to a signal generator. The signal sent will determine the degree of open. It also has feedback to let you know what degree the valve is open and the position of the ball valve. A manual override can be purchased with this actuator. If all power is lost, with the manual override, you can quickly push a button and turn the dial to change the position, open or closed or you can dial to the position of your choosing.

*All models use limit switches to save energy. Once it has either fully opened or fully closed, the limit switch stops power from being used.

Example of the Proportional Style:  DEELAT Motorized Ball Valve SKU# D1775442

DEELAT Motorized Ball Valve with Proportional Actuator
DEELAT Proportional Style Actuator Wiring Set-Up

HOW TO INSTALL DE-ICING CABLES ON A ROOF OR DRIVEWAY

The winter months can be troublesome for the roof, pipes, driveway, and walkway of your home or commercial property.  For example, on the roof of your home, snow and ice can collect around the eaves, creating ice dams that prevent water from properly draining.  This buildup of ice can damage your roof, gutters and siding.  Furthermore, snow and ice on your driveway is a hazard for pedestrians, it makes driving difficult, and removing it is time consuming.  To remedy these issues, Deelat Industrial offers a selection of high quality de-icing cables for roofs and heating cables for driveways.

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ROOFS

A de-icing cable heats up internally to raise the temperature of surrounding areas.  An inner conductor produces the heat, which is surrounded by layers of PVC insulation and coating to ensure safe operation.  The cable is capable of reaching temperatures as high as 140 degrees Fahrenheit and will work in temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit.  One end of the cable plugs into an outlet, and the cable is flexible enough to be wrapped around piping and used on various types of roofs.

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Begin the installation by attaching clips that will hold your cable in place to your roof shingles in a zigzag pattern.  Place these clips around the perimeter of your house so that the peaks and the troughs of the zigzag are between 18 and 24 inches apart.  When you are ready to install the cable, start by making sure that your plug is close enough to reach an exterior outlet.  (Consider dropping the plug down a downspout if it is near an outlet.)  Place the cable through the clips in a zigzag pattern, making sure that the cable loops hang over the gutter.  This configuration will help direct the flow of water off of the roof and into the gutter.

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You should also place the cable horizontally along the bottom of the gutters; if you do not, the water runoff from the roof is likely to refreeze once it hits the gutter.  Be sure to loop some of the cable into the opening of each downspout to ensure that they remain free of ice.  If your roof has valley gutters or any other structure that could trap ice, lay cable through that space as well.

When you expect snow, plug in your cables and leave them on during snowfall and long afterwards.  They will in turn, melt all of the snow and ice at the bottom of your roof, but they will create channels for water to runoff as the snow and ice melt.  If the cables are laid properly, the water will not refreeze and create ice dams.

DRIVEWAYS

Driveway heating cables are securely installed prior to the pouring of concrete or asphalt, or positioning of pavers in a driveway, sidewalk, or road.  The cable is spliced to a power supply, which is connected to a control unit.  The cables provide radiant heat to the surrounding area; it is possible for the cables to heat up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.  Moreover, Deelat driveway heating cables are made to function in temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Similar to roof de-icing cables, driveway heating cables should also be placed in a zigzag pattern.  The cable can be bent to fit into tight spaces in order to maximize heat radiation.

Deelat.com provides a variety of de-icing and driveway heating cables for home and commercial installation. You can choose from our broad selection of heating cables, based on length and type of material.

HOW TO USE A MOTORIZED BALL VALVE TO CONTROL AN IRRIGATION SYSTEM

If you have an elaborate irrigation system for a vegetable garden, you may want to install a motorized ball valve or several of them for a variety of reasons.  The benefits include better convenience, faster control and safer operation compared to more basic set-ups.  For example, a motorized ball valve can be used as an emergency shut-off, if it is installed at the point where the water source connects to the irrigation system.  For many users, this is the place where the garden hose connects to the PVC pipe that feeds into the drip lines.

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Furthermore, a motorized ball valve is useful as a control mechanism to shut off sections of the garden that may not need water or to prioritize which plants get watered during a drought.  What’s more, a motorized ball valve can help quickly relieve pressure in the irrigation system; excess pressure can cause irrigation pipes to burst.

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The ultimate benefit of using a motorized ball valve over the basic manual control valve is convenience.  The motorized version allows you to hook up an external on/off switch that you can place somewhere that is easy to reach — near the electrical outlet, in your garage, etc — so that you can control your system remotely.

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For this example, Deelat’s motorized electric ball valves can be installed to control the irrigation system between a garden hose (connected to the house’s spigot) and the irrigation system.  Among the models suited for this purpose are motorized electric ball valves that consist of a 24V AC on/off actuator and a 2-way brass or stainless steel valve.

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First you will have to select a motorized electric ball valve that matches the size of the PVC pipe you are using for your irrigation system.  There are a wide variety of couplers and adapters to connect brass or stainless steel to PVC, and you may also need an adapter to connect your garden hose to the valve if there is a size difference.

The actuator has 3 wires:

  1. Blue Wire = Negative/Neutral

The blue wire is continuously connected to the 24V transformer’s neutral connection.

  1. Brown Wire = Positive

The brown wire is continuously connected to the 24V transformer’s line connection.

  1. Black Wire = Controlling wire which is also Positive

The black wire connects to the 24V transformer’s line connection through a switched connection.

The valve opens when the switched connection is completed between the black wire and the 24V transformer’s line connection.  When this switched connection in broken, the valve closes.

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Follow these steps to complete the set-up:

  1. Install the actuator on the valve.
  2. Attach the actuator’s blue wire directly to the neutral connection on the transformer.
  3. Attach the actuator’s brown wire directly to the line connection on the transformer.
  4. Attach the black wire directly to the light switch (either connection is fine).
  5. An additional wire is needed to connect the other connection on the light switch to the line connection on the transformer.

If the connections are done properly, you can test the unit by plugging the 24V transformer into an outlet and flipping the light switch, which should close the valve.  Flip the switch to the opposite side and the valve should open again.

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Visit Deelat.com for the quick and easy purchase of motorized ball valves. We offer a wide selection of various types to choose from at low, affordable prices. Shop with us today and save!

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