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The lighting within this building is comprised of 12v power, not from the 110v grid power.  
The lighting is 12v lighting from a 12v power source (batteries), which has numerous advantages over 12v from 110v grid brought to you by a capitalist.

 That grid electricity will consume more energy to convert the electricity to the voltage of your appliance, hence cost more to operate than an item or appliance that uses DC directly connected to the same voltage DC power source.
The power loss is due to the need for converting from 110v all the way down to (whatever your appliace or electronic device is rated for).

Lights are the easiest thing to take off grid.  It doesn't get any easier.
Not only are the lights themselves cheaper, but they last longer too!

With AC lights, what are your choices?  Tubes or bulbs.   However with off-grid lighting you can not only increase light where you need it without an expensive tube or bulb, but you also eliminate the increased expense of being converted from 110v (i.e. your present form or electricity).

The motion sensors seen in these photos will permit battery longevity by automatically turning the lights on and off automatically. 

Each of the sensors activates only when motion is sensed.   Each of these sensors turn off the devices that plug into them automatically after the time I set them (usually 3, 5, or 10 minutes).  If motion is still detected,  the lights remain on until motion ceases.

The plan for these motion detectors was primarily part of a plan (planning my own elderliness.  I'm already in my mid-fifties).   In the plan I determined that humans generally will develop some mental problems whether it be forgetfulness or just plain stupid.   I often consider the projects along the lines that I will need to automate some things.   Shopping and delivery automated plans from online sources (check),  Hearing loss (check), cooking (uncheck).

If you're thinking of venturing off grid, the adjustment isn't so traumatic as one might pre-suppose.    The hardest part will be standing before the judgment of others, those that rule us, and milk us for everything we're worth.

Solar works forever.   In fact, it only takes one member of a family tree to make forever electric power for generations to come (long after that member becomes deceased).  
Solar panels aren't prone to fail (I've lost one in over a decade....a tree had to fall on it).
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Is off-grid electricty stable?
In a word, yes.
Since I generally work in a field of electronics, there's much that requires stable electricity.

Computers, lights, security cameras, freezer, dvr, server, modem/router, and more run for free.   

About the only item you'll ever need to replace in an off-grid power system are the batteries (every 5 or more years).  
Contrast the investment with the yearly amount you will have thrown to an entity that may have "lobbyists" that bring bagfuls of money to "our" representatives (curtailing their better ethics, manipulating their decisions, and you have aided and abetted your own demise). 
Choose to leave something behind on this earth that will outlive you and me and you might not be so easily forgotten after your death (as a nobody that just did like everybody else in the grave).

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