Solar lights are a safe and cost effective way of enhancing the lighting in your outdoor areas. They are easy to install, free to operate and extremely low maintenance.
Solar lights work by collecting and storing the sun’s energy during the day by using a solar panel or photo voltaic array. The energy is stored in rechargeable batteries and is then used to power the LED (Light Emitting Diodes) light at night. At sunrise the light will automatically switch off. The LED bulbs are low consumption, ultra bright lights that can last anywhere from 8 to 10 years. The rechargeable batteries will only need replacing every 2 or 3 years. LED lights generate very little heat compared to conventional lights making them safe to touch. Light output can vary depending on how much sun the solar panel receives during the day.
Solar lights do not need to be plugged into electricity so there are no wires or cables involved. This means there is no need for an electrician to install the lights. When you have planned where you are going to put your solar lights, it’s as easy as pushing a stake into the ground. Some lights, such as sensor security lights, will require further installation, particularly if they are being attached to a roof or wall. Spotlights and shed lights may also have a wire attached, which means the light can be installed further away from the solar panel.
The solar panels should be positioned where they will to receive maximum sunlight. The more sun they are exposed to during the day, the longer they will perform during the night. The great advantage of using solar generated lights is that if you change your mind about the positioning of your lights you can easily move them. Once set up, solar lights may need to be charged for a full day before emitting light at night.
Installation of your solar lights will depend on the selection of lights you have chosen. Generally though, it will be easy to get your lights up and operating with minimum effort and financial outlay.