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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an LED?

Light-emitting diodes (LED) use 80-90 percent less energy than comparable incandescent lamps and last 5-10 years (compared to about one year for an incandescent). Although the initial cost for an LED device is usually higher than a comparable incandescent, LEDs pay for themselves over time and save an enormous amount of money over the long haul. We have a wide range of LED products including torches, lanterns and headtorches.

What is Solar Power?

Solar power is energy that is derived from the sun and converted into heat or electricity. It is a versatile source of renewable energy that can be used in an amazing number of applications, providing power for everything from cars and boats to houses and spacecraft. Solar power is also clean and pollution-free.

For many years, solar power has been used in traditional buildings. In recent years, however, it has provoked great interest, as the high cost and limited supply of fossil fuels becomes increasingly problematic in some developed countries. Many businesses and institutions are researching new ways to harness solar power and make its use more practical and effective. However, solar power is already in widespread use in remote locations where access to other power sources is limited.

Energy from the sun is converted into solar power using solar collectors, most commonly known as solar panels. Solar panels consist of solar cells designed to capture energy from the sun. The solar panels used in heating air and liquid are different from those used to provide electricity. To absorb the highest possible amount of solar energy, solar panels must be pointed at the sun.

Energy from the sun can be converted into solar power in two ways. The first way involves the use of solar thermal applications. Solar thermal applications use the sun's energy to provide direct heat to air or liquid. Solar thermal panels can be used for both residential and larger-scale applications.

The second way of obtaining solar power involves the use of photoelectric applications. Photoelectric applications use photovoltaic cells in converting energy from the sun into electricity. Photovoltaic cells are considered low maintenance and well suited to remote applications. They use semiconductors like silicon to convert energy from the sun into electricity.

We have a wide range of products that utilise photoelectric applications such as radios, lanternseducational toys as well as a range of solar panels that can be used to power a variety of electrical devices.