Since the electricity for solar lighting is generated by a system of small solar collectors and storage batteries that are located near the lighting fixture, there is usually no need for electrical installations. That means that solar landscape lights can easily be used in areas in that may have otherwise been too expensive. Here are some ideas of ways to use them.
The use of solar technology has expanded the kinds of outdoor solar lights that are available on the market
- For dramatic effect that can be seen from across the street, solar flood lights are an excellent investment that can really show off any home that has great architectural features or landscaping. Since you won’t have to run yards of wiring from the house, solar flood lights make it easy to add flood lights to illuminate that gorgeous willow tree in the rear half of the yard. These solar lights are also a significant security feature, since they are bright enough to allow visibility from distances of several hundred feet. If you live in an area that has a home owners’ association, check with your covenants before installing floods, since there may be guidelines about the locations and wattage that are allowable.
- For areas that have decorative fencing or driveway entry gates, solar post cap lights are not only decorative, they’re functional. A post cap light is an easy and attractive way to add lighting to the gate area. Instead of adding a pole light which might add clutter and make the area look too busy, a post cap light is a harmonious extension that enhances the existing design.
- For gardens, solar pathway lights come in a variety of different styles and heights. If your garden path is bordered by low growing flowers and plants, you may want to use outdoor solar lights that are only a foot or two from the ground. If the landscaping that borders your path is taller, you may want to use waist-high lighting that illuminates your plants as well as the path. Consider ground-level solar lights if there is other nearby lighting from pole lights.
Outdoor solar lights operate in a very simple way
As long as they are placed in an area where they receive sunlight all day long, they will operate for the full night. They have a built-in solar panel which gathers energy from the sun during the day to charge the batteries for use at night.