Garden Lighting Guide
Solar powered lighting technology has advanced in recent years, and now provides more effective illumination at reduced prices.
Installing solar lighting is far cheaper than equivalent traditional mains lighting. Without the requirements of mains power, solar powered lights offer much more flexibility.
During the past few years, advances in solar lighting have lead to better performance and reliability.
Illumination has been increased while simultaneously reducing power consumption through the use of LED bulbs. Direct sunlight used to be necessary for solar lights to work efficiently. Solar panel technology improvements allow the collection of energy in lower light conditions. This technology is anticipated to continue to develop at a rapid pace.
Different designs and styles of quality solar lights are available. Wall mounted lantern style lighting. Hanging or fixed post lighting. Many different fairy light designs. Deck lighting which is mounted flush with the timber surface.
Security Lighting with motion sensors. Some solar lights contain the solar panel in the light unit itself, while others have a wired panel that you can position nearby to harvest energy. Each design has its own pros and cons and suits different applications.
Smaller panels tend to be used in integrated solar lighting, which then require more light for a longer period in order to work efficiently.
Quality solar lights with external wired panels will usually charge faster and more efficiently because the panels can be larger and ideally placed. The other important factor, which will affect the performance of your solar lights is the quality of the rechargeable battery within the light. Replacing these manufacturer installed rechargeable batteries with high quality replacements will give your solar lighting the best performance possible.
Using Solar Correctly
Solar lights are hugely affected by their location. Direct sunlight is the best light energy your lights can have, so make sure you position them where they will be able to harness all the direct sunlight possible. Solar lights charge much slower in the shade, so position your lights in bright areas for best results.
Solar lights are much less efficient in shade and shadows, so try to position your lights for optimum sunlight. Renewable energy technology is big business and because of the huge investment in the technology currently we can expect to see advances in performance being made in the next few years. The growth in annual sales of solar powered products is set to continue rising in the future.
In addition to reducing energy bills, solar energy is cost free for the planets natural resources.