Solar landscaping lights are popular for many reasons. One of the biggest is the free energy they provide. Once you’ve paid for the lights, the sun will do the rest. Needless to say, that’s a huge factor for homeowners and landscapers.
One of the few drawbacks to solar power is finding enough sunlight in the yard. Solar lights require a lot of sun to provide 6 to 12 hours of light. Plus, sunlight changes during the season, in the winter you can expect less light. Shady parts of the yard don’t provide enough sunlight for long enough periods of time either.
Solar lights use a small solar cell to charge the battery. This is integrated or manufactured into the fixture. The battery then converts stored energy into light. If you have tall, mature leafy trees, this will prohibit the amount of sunlight the solar cell can store. If the batteries don’t receive a regular amount of sunlight, it can reduce the life of the battery.
Landscaping with solar lights is no gimmick. They work well in all 50 states, but don’t expect the same type of bright light as you see from an incandescent bulb. Solar lights are used in a wide range of capacities and for different purposes. Here’s a list of popular options for this outdoor light.
Solar spotlights. These lights can accent walls, gardens, and other specific objects of the yard.
Patio and deck lights. Place as permanent fixtures around decks and patios.
Low light fixtures. These lights are great for traditional pathways, driveways, and landscaping beds.
Tier lights. Very useful as step lights or walkway lights.
Motion sensors. These solar lights can replace those old flood lights hanging from the garage and they act just as quickly.
Wall-mounted lights. Good to use as entryway or porch light, although some houses may lack proper amount of sunlight.
Decorative. Let your creative side take over. Solar figurines, stones, statues, thermometers, and solar fountains are just a few of the options available for an enhanced gardening and backyard experience.
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