Solar Landscape Lighting – An Eco-Friendly Landscaping Component

Solar lighting as a part of your landscaping plan is an appealing way to provide inexpensive functional low-light illumination for aesthetics and to offer improved mobility in the dark.
Later generation solar landscaping lights can last for years and are easy to replace when they do reach the end of their lifecycle.  How well they work is dependent upon several factors.  Most notably these are:
  1. The type of product that is used – Older model solar lights used incandescent bulbs and the photovoltaic cells and batteries were very limited on longevity.  Most of the first generation models weren’t worth the time it took to put them in the ground.  LED (liquid-emitting diode) lights have a much longer life, and nickel-cadmium or nickel-metal-hydride batteries will recharge many times.
  2. Location of the lights – Because lighting is very low with these units, you should plan to have a sufficient number of them to allow for a person to easily navigate from point A to point B without incident.  Usually, it is a good idea to install them on both sides of a walkway to clearly outline the area of passage.
  3. Feasibility of solar landscaping lights – Not every home is ideal for solar lighting.  Those with a great deal of shade may not allow proper charging of the batteries during the daylight hours.  Placing a light under a bush or a spreading shade tree will most certainly limit the amount of light the unit delivers.
Keep in mind that solar lights will not burn all night in most cases.  If you live in an area with limited sunlight hours, don’t expect the batteries to get a full charge nor burn that many hours after sundown.  Generally solar panels get a longer charge in the summer months than the winter ones, so they will last longer at night during the warmer months.
The best feature about solar landscape lighting is it conserves precious energy by offering a renewable energy source.  Solar lawn and garden lights are sensible environmentally friendly additions to consider in your gardening and landscaping design.
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