As we begin our 4th year in business, we thought it would be a good time to review how the landscape of solar lighting has changed, and how our store, SolarFlairLighting.com is evolving to meet these changes. Below is a summary of the November 2013 issue of Illuminations, our quarterly newsletter. (And, we’re having sales now and more are on the way for later this week and next week.) Continue reading
Illuminations covers solar lighting technology, solar product features and maintenance tips, and other industry trends. Items in the current issue include:
- 2013 Industry Trends In Solar Lighting
- SolarFlairLighting.com Product News: new product lines (pond lighting; American-made solar streetlights)
- Help with Replacement Parts or Batteries
- Our Redesigned YouTube Channel
- Hot Blog Posts
We’ve updated our site to reflect new product selections and prices for Gama Sonic Solar Lamps and Solar Lamp Posts to reflect 2013 product selections and new prices, as well as our handy reference guide to help you determine which one is best for you.
While prices rose for a few products, many prices dropped due to increased efficiencies in manufacturing. To be frank, given the cost of raw materials used in solar lamps, from the cast aluminum housing, to quality mono crystalline solar panels, to other metals used in circuitry, we had expected price increases across the board.
And, all of these products are sold by SolarFlairLighting.com with free shipping and discounts when several products are purchased.
Many US states and municipalities also choosing to go green to stretch tight budgets and help with the growing desire to be environmentally sustainable.
Cities and states throughout the United States are looking towards solar to save energy costs and help meet their environmental sustainability goals.
So too are universities, businesses, ports and other entities responsible for providing safe and reliable lighting for streets and roadways, sidewalks, parking lots, jogging or biking paths, and more.
We are very pleased to announce that our store, SolarFlairLighting.com now offers solar street lights that are are made in the USA fully compliant with the Trade Act Agreement (TAA). TAA compliance is necessary to obtain funding under the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), which funds 90% of all road and bridge projects in the United States, even those administered at state and local levels.
TAA compliance is also necessary for most renewable energy incentive programs and grants. For more information, please contact info@SolarFlairLighting.com. Information on these incentive programs is available online at DSIRE, Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency at http://www.dsireusa.org. DSIRE maintains a continuously updated database of federal, state, and local programs for renewable energy.
The 2011 Holiday/Christmas season has officially begun, with Walmart kicking it off Saturday, November 5, 2011. So, Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas!
We mean no offense to other religions or those with no religion at all, but Christmas IS the number one source that drives sales in November and December.
This year, the Saturday After Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday, where Chambers of Commerce across the US will ask consumers to support small local Brick and Mortar Stores. We think this is a great idea, but hope to carry the theme over to small online retailers.
It’s pretty much known that when any huge national retailer (and we single out nobody in particular) moves into an area, some jobs are created. Unfortunately, many small retailers soon go under, causing other jobs losses. And once small businesses are driven out, the low prices at many “Big Box” stores often start creeping up.
Often (but by no means always or even usually), large national stores can offer lower prices than small e-commerce sites. Usually the savings are small, but in these times most people are saving where ever they can. When considering the “best deal,” do you think about the many advantages shoppers get when they buy from small retailers.
You can’t really put a dollar value on these things. Here are some things to think about this year when you compare prices when shopping for holiday gifts, and our pitch on why to support small businesses in general and small online retailers in particular!