How Amglo Lighting Supports the Growth of Solar Energy

Amglo’s lighting products have a wide range of innovative applications, from cosmetic laser treatments to testing the durability of products through accelerated weathering. Another exciting use of Amglo’s technologies is in the field of photovoltaics (PV), a rapidly growing source of renewable energy that harnesses the power of the sun. In recent years, global support for renewable energy sources has seen a dramatic increase as PV is expected to more than double in the next four years.

How is Amglo supporting this trend? We offer high-quality xenon arc lamps for use in solar simulators, a tool used to provide an accurate and effective assessment of PV cells by creating artificial sunlight. Solar simulators fall into two distinct types based on how they produce this artificial sunlight, both of which can be supported by Amglo lamps:

• Flashed simulators (also known as pulsed simulators) emit light in short bursts, usually only a few milliseconds each.
• Continuous simulators are used for low intensity testing and emit light in a steady stream.

Both types of solar simulators require a powerful, reliable light source that mimics the qualities of sunlight. Amglo’s xenon arc lamps are a type of high-intensity discharge (HID) lamp that generates a powerful electric arc, offering the power and reliability needed for testing solar PV cells while also emitting an unfiltered spectrum that’s a close match to light from the sun. The artificial sunlight makes it possible to assess the quality and efficacy of cells in indoor laboratories.

Since 1935, Amglo has been a proud manufacturer of specialty lamps for a wide range of applications, including aerospace, airfield and medical lighting as well as light sources for automotives, railroads and lasers. The precision, power and reliability of our products mean we’re constantly improving our lighting to be suitable for a variety of cutting-edge applications, including those that support clean and renewable energy.

For details about our xenon offerings, check out our catalog here!