Tips for Buying Solar Lights
Solar lights technology is advancing at a rapid pace, giving better illumination at really affordable prices.
It is easier and quicker to install solar lighting compared with traditional mains lighting. Positioning your solar powered lighting can be easier and more practical than mains powered lights.
The advances in technological development have dramatically improved solar lighting products during the past few years.
Power consumption requirements have been reduced with the use of LED bulbs, which also give increased illumination. Direct sunlight used to be necessary for solar lights to work efficiently. Energy collection technology has improved greatly recently. The speed of technology development is expected to continue to accelerate in the years to come.
There are many model types of solar lighting on sale. Traditional lantern style wall lighting. Lighting for post or hung style applications. Different colours and designs of fairy light strings. Flush mounted decking lights, recessed into the deck timbers. Spot lights for security applications with PIR sensors.
Remote solar panels allow positioning of the panel to best catch the maximum light. Other light units contain a built in panel for gathering energy. The type of solar lights you choose really depends on where you are going to be positioning them as they each have their advantages.
The downside to integrated lights is that their solar panels are smaller to fit within the light, which in turn means they are less efficient and will need more light in order to work effectively for you.
With external panels, you can position them for maximum sunlight. Being larger, they also harvest more light faster. To reduce costs, manufacturers often fit lower quality rechargeable batteries which are not ideal if you want good performance from your lighting. Factory batteries are chosen for their cost, not their performance over time, so they are worth replacing.
Using Solar Lights Correctly
Where you site your solar lights will determine how well they can work. The more daylight hours of direct sunlight your lights can receive, the better they will work. If your lights spend too much time in the shade then their performance will be reduced.
Solar lights will charge on dull days, and even in the rain, but additional shade, such as a tree will limit the lights charging time. Product performance will improve as solar panel and battery technologies improve further. Year on year, the sales of solar renewable energy products continues to rise.
Solar energy is good for the planet as it helps to preserve the planets precious fuel reserves while also reducing your energy bills.