Outdoor Solar Lights – Tips For Getting the Most Out of Them

Place your outdoor solar lights in a sunny enough location. This may seem obvious, but outdoor solar lights require enough hours of sun per day so that they are able to recharge their batteries sufficiently. The number of hours of sun that an outdoor solar light requires per day depends on the quality and design of the outdoor solar light, the size and type of the solar panel that is a part of the outdoor solar light, the number and strength of the light bulbs that the outdoor solar light has and the number and type of batteries that it has. An Outdoor solar light with a larger solar panel relative to the light that it produces may shine for a longer time and require fewer hours of direct sunlight.

Carefully consider the potential location of your outdoor solar lights. Look to see if anything might be shading them from direct sunlight. This could include trees, bushes, plants, pillars, posts, buildings, house eaves or overhangs, steps, walls, vehicles, or anything else that blocks direct sunlight from shining on the outdoor solar lights. Look at your potential location for the outdoor solar lights during several times of day and see how much shade there is at different times. If there is too much shade in that spot for too long during the day, then it may be better for you to to select a different location for your outdoor solar lights.

If possible and if it is adjustable, then make sure that the outdoor solar light panel is facing south. Solar spotlights, for example, have an attached solar panel that can be turned toward the sun. If you can adjust the angle of the mini panel, then the panel should be angled at an ideal angle for your geographical location. The idea is to have the panel facing as flat as possible relative to the angle of the sun for as many of the direct sun hours as possible.

Depending on your geographical location, the angle of the sun and the number of hours of direct sunlight will change during the summer and winter. The sun may be less strong, at a lower angle and shine for fewer hours during the winter. On the other hand, there may be fewer leaves on surrounding trees during the winter, which may mean less that is blocking sunshine onto the outdoor solar lights during the winter.

Take the weather into account. Cloud, rain, falling snow and fog all decrease the strength of the sun that reaches your outdoor solar lights’ panels, which affects the ability of your outdoor solar lights to recharge. On a day that has been very cloudy all day, outdoor solar lights will not be able to charge as effectively as they would on a sunny day.

Keep the solar panel on the outdoor solar lights clean. Rain, dust, dirt, ice or snow can accumulate on them. If you check and wipe their solar panel areas off occasionally, then your outdoor solar lights will be able to receive sunshine better and charge more effectively.

If you keep these tips in mind, then you will have a better experience with your outdoor solar lights and you will get more out of them.

Solar Lights Not Only For Gardens

Indoor Solar Lighting

Some good ideas for indoor solar lighting include using it inside your home, sheds, garage etc… Setting up a solar light is easy and maintenance and running costs are very low.
The solar panel which collects the sun’s energy needs to be placed outside in order o receive maximum sunlight. Once the battery is charged, you can enjoy your solar light system all night long. You will have to find a solar panel that you can easily install on the top of your building or in the garden. Once the indoor light fixtures, solar charger and batteries are installed, lighting will be available at any time.

Outdoor Solar Lighting

Different types of outdoor lights use solar energy. You can find for example solar pool lights, solar garden lights, solar post lights, solar flag lights and other. If you are lucky enough to have a swimming pool or a pond in your garden, adding lighting using solar technology is very easy and safe. Everyone desires a well maintained and eye-catching garden and now by using solar energy you can illuminate your landscape the easy way. If you have a flag in your garden, you can only see it during the day. By adding a solar flag light your flag will be visible at all times. If your garden is too dark at night you can invest in some solar spot lights that will turn on automatically every night. You can also use solar path lights to delineate stairs and pathways.

Solar lights are not dim like in the past; thanks to ultra bright LEDs (Led Emitting Diodes) modern solar lights are powerful enough to provide decent lighting for almost all situations. Nowadays, outdoor solar lighting applications range from lighting gardens to lighting streets. Investing in solar lights can be a cost-effective and convenient option.

Solar Lights: Clean, Efficient, and Cost-Effective

Fossil fuels are readily available, their capacity to generate a great amount of cheap and reliable energy is high, and they’re very easy to store and transport. However, despite their advantages, fossil fuels have serious disadvantages. When burnt, they release carbon dioxide (CO2) and sulfur dioxide, and these chemical releases into our atmosphere are the primary reasons behind global warming and acid rain respectively. Moreover, fossil fuels are also non-renewable, and it’s estimated that the earth’s supply of them will be depleted in the next 40-50 years.

Environmental Change Starts with Better Energy Source Choices

As a consequence of fossil fuels being unsustainable in the long term, our governments and scientists are actively developing new ways to extract energy from other sources (such as from the sun and wind). The sun emits its energy in the form of solar radiation, which could be harnessed using photovoltaics and concentrated solar power systems (to generate electricity), as well as solar water heating technologies. Photovoltaic cells (or solar cells) are able to convert light into electricity via a photovoltaic effect. What has been found is that it’s possible to install this type of cells on different devices (including solar battery chargers and solar lights) as a natural energy source – without the need to rely on mains electricity or chemical-based batteries.

LED Lights and Solar Power are Leading the Way

Thomas Edison’s invention of the very practical incandescent light bulb (in 1879) was a distinctive turning point in the lives of humans on Earth. Since then, various types of incandescent light bulbs have been introduced, but even modern incandescent light bulbs have an obvious drawback; they are inefficient and waste enormous amounts of energy in the form of heat. Hence,these are now being replaced with much more efficient LED lamps (i.e. the power consumption of a 5-Watt LED lamp is equivalent to a 40-Watt incandescent lamp).

Fossil Fuels are a Serious Health Hazard

We mentioned CO2 earlier. The fact is that fossil fuels currently drive our power plants, which means that, for every energy-reliant household, there are large amounts of CO2 being released into the atmosphere. In Australia, for example, for every 1kWh of electricity generated, 841 grams of CO2 is produced. In poorer countries around the world, they often don’t have access to electricity, which makes the situation even worse for them – because they rely on the use of kerosene lanterns when the sun sets. A kerosene lantern is dim, polluting, and toxic. It emits 100 tons of CO2 a year, and, if it burns 4 hours a day and over time, it may cause fatal respiratory problems in a closed space.

Solar Lanterns can be excellent replacement for kerosens lights in remote areas and underprivileged communities.

Solar Lights are the Perfect, World-wide Solution

A clean, efficient, and cost-effective solution is the combination of photo-voltaic cells and LEDs, and these form the basis of solar lights.

Solar Light Benefits include:

  • Solar lights don’t create any pollution – so they are harmless and have no effect on global warming;
  • Solar lights are affordable and efficient for all walks of life. In particular, and given access to them, people living in poor countries can experience enormous benefits, without any of the costs associated with electricity and kerosene, which can have a much more positive impact on their health, lifestyle and education opportunities, and
  • Solar lights (lining streets, alleys and roadways) provide an added sense of security after dark, and hence make people feel safer.

Today, solar lights are manufactured in a wide variety of styles and for a large number of applications. The quality of the technology has expanded tremendously since they were first introduced – so much so that you can now find solar light being used as street lights, garden lights, post lights, step lights, sensor lights, decorative displays, and even for mood lighting. There are design styles available to suit multiple tastes as well – either modern or classic looks, featuring a range of colour or mono-colour LEDS, and most are crafted from lightweight and highly durable materials.