Whether you need to light the way to your front door, create some kind of romantic ambiance on your back porch or deck, or even emergency security lights, you really should consider solar powered outdoor lighting. Solar outdoor lighting can come in a wide variety of different styles, from lamppost lights for your driveway, to fancy string lights for your deck, and just about anything in between.
There are many different reasons to choose solar powered outdoor lighting, as an alternative to conventional outdoor lighting systems. At the top of the list is the fact that they are powered by small photovoltaic cells that absorb the sun’s energy and convert it into low-voltage electricity. This means that you never have to use your power to make them work. They store energy in small built-in batteries and release it when the sun goes down. Depending on the actual model and the type of bulbs used, it will have continuous light for up to ten or twelve hours.
Because they are self-contained, solar-powered outdoor lighting will still turn on, even in a power outage. No more coming home at night during a storm and not being able to see your way, or struggling to find the right door key. They even have exterior solar-powered security lighting. Motion sensitive solar lights are even offered. You no longer have to worry about your security lighting going out during a storm.
Solar powered outdoor lighting also has other benefits. Because they don’t need any external power supply, they can be used anywhere you need a little extra outdoor lighting. There are lights that can be installed in the garden, on the back porch or patio, and even on the patio. There is no need to run a power cord or prevent it from getting dirty in the weather.
Above all, buying solar-powered outdoor lighting saves the planet. These lighting systems use the energy of the sun, the most renewable natural resource. They don’t draw power from your home, so you won’t have to worry about higher electricity bills. They do not emit exhaust gases, so they do not harm the environment.
Many of these outdoor solar powered lighting systems are completely affordable and fully self contained. You can purchase stake lights, which go directly into the ground where you need them. They have small solar panels on top and automatically release power at night. Many now use high intensity but low energy LED bulbs, extending usage time dramatically. These just need to be in a place where they can soak up the most sun during the day. Other solar lighting systems use a separate panel, mounted where they will receive the most sunlight during the day. These are good for the porch or patio, with the panel mounted directly to the ceiling or to a pole.
When it comes to using solar powered outdoor lighting, there are a few things to consider. For hallways, poorly lit stairwells, and dark entryways, you should use pole, pendant, or wall-mounted lights. These lighting products will better illuminate these areas. When it comes to outdoor mood lighting, there are string lights as well as a variety of different and unique styles to choose from. There are solar-powered lights that look like candles, others that have fun shapes, like rocks. These give off a soft, inviting glow, and used in groups can offer a soothing atmosphere.