Go Green This Holiday Season With Solar Lights

The holidays are approaching; it is time to start decorating. Many people look for new, fun and easy ways to decorate their property and homes. Want a new and energy efficiency way to decorate this holiday season? Want a better way to light up your holidays this season without pulling out the extension cords? With solar string lights and solar holiday lights no more extension cords, no more high electric bills, and no more worries of turning the lights on and off.

All of us agree that traditional holiday lights are a hassle. You always have to run extension cords all over the place or you have to make sure the lights are close to an electrical outlet. Also with traditional holiday lights will produce a huge electric bill. Solar holiday lights completely eliminate these hassles.

With solar lights the technology has come far in just the last couple of years and the manufacturers have released a large variety of solar lighting styles and colors. Solar holiday lights have a sensor that turns them on at night and off during the day and will run for about 8 hours. Here are several different styles and colors of holiday lights on the market today:

Solar String Lights
This is a string of 50 or 102 solar powered LED lights that can be attached to your eves of your house or strung around lamp posts, trees, mail boxes, banisters, etc. They are available in several different colors (white, green, blue, red and red/green). These solar string lights are available in 22′ and 33′ strands, with a 6′ span between the solar panel and the first light.

Solar Multi-Colored String Lights
These are a lot like the solar string lights above, but are multi-color. This is a string of 50 solar powered LED lights that can be attached to your eves of your house or strung around lamp posts, trees, mail boxes, banisters, etc. These multi-colored solar string lights are available in 22′, with a 6′ span between the solar panel and the first light.

Solar Rope Lights
This is a string of 50 or 102 solar powered LED bulbs are encased in plastic tubing that can withstand any type of weather and even rain. The plastic tubing is very flexible, too, which is why it is called a “rope.” You can wrap it around trees like you would do with a rope. They are available in several different colors (white, green, blue and red). These solar rope lights are available in 22′ and 33′ strands, with a 6′ span between the solar panel and the first light.

Solar Net Lights
These are basically a “net” of 50 LED lights that you use to wrap a shrub. Simply wrap your shrub and you’re done! Solar net lights are only available in white. Each light has a 6′ span between the solar panel and the first light.

Solar Icicle Lights
These are similar to electrical icicle lights. Each strand has 110 white solar powered LED’s and is approximately 15 feet long with a 6′ span between the solar panel and the first light.

Solar Garland Lights
With a traditional feel, this solar garland is adorned with crimson winterberries, pinecones and 50 LED white lights. Hang it on an exterior surface that receives direct sunlight, the solar Christmas garland will provide efficient LED illumination every night.

Solar Wreath Lights
This solar wreath light is adorned with crimson winterberries, pinecones and 50 LED white lights. Hang it on an exterior surface that receives direct sunlight, the solar Christmas wreath will provide efficient LED illumination every night.

Needless to say, solar holiday lights come with the benefits that we all come to expect from solar light products, like: ease of installation, energy efficiency, versatility, etc. Not to mention, most traditional lights need to be either turned on and off manually, or attached to a timer. All of these solar holiday lights come with daylight sensors. All that you need to do is, install the solar holiday lights in your favorite location, place the solar panel in an area that gets plenty of sun, and then turn them on. It doesn’t get more trouble free and easier than that!

Ways to Apply Solar Lighting

Light brings a lot of value to our lives every day. In times of darkness it delivers safety and security and we demand it everyday with the simple flick of a switch. It is taken for granted as evidenced by a power failure and all of a sudden we feel more vulnerable and out of our comfort zone.

Lighting has many uses and applications and comes in multiple variations. You have a variety of choices to create light in your life from the size and style of a light bulb to fixtures that have an endless variety of style and design impacting our taste in the way light is presented.

From a simple flash light to a lamp or overhead light that requires electricity, light is created in many fashions. Light can also be mobile, independent of an electrical source which generally powers your light sources in and around your home.

As a powerful alternative to our dependency on electricity, there is now focus upon solar power as a great alternative and ultra-clean source providing light for a green environment. Most people who think about solar lighting do not realize that it can be applied for both indoor and outdoor uses. By simply incorporating some of the solar power lighting technologies available, you are preserving electricity, protecting the environment, and saving yourself money. This is a complete win-win situation no matter what.

Indoor Lighting

Indoor solar lighting can be utilized in many situations to illuminate your shed, a garage, a gazebo, and inside your home as well. Of course there is no need for an electrical source which has many benefits in itself. Additionally, you will not need to replace light bulbs or worry about power outages, providing that you receive some direct sunlight during the day. Solar light installation is easy and requires little if any maintenance and upkeep.

You will need to install a solar panel which is used to collect solar power from the sun throughout the day. Depending upon your intended lighting area, your panel will need to appropriate for your building or structural needs. There are many manufacturers that produce solar power lighting systems for small sheds and structures to residential and business mounted solar panels for much larger applications.

Upon installation of your solar lighting panel or panels, you will be able to access light from the sun day or night. With proper exposure to the sun throughout the day, your solar panel should absorb enough energy from the sun to illuminate your light fixtures at night for many hours of operation. Some of these indoor solar lighting options are becoming quite popular on farms, to illuminate sheds and barns, as the need for expensive and dangerous electrical wiring is eliminated. Saving money and protecting our environment, you can not go wrong.

Outdoor Lighting

Obviously there is no need for outdoor lighting during the day but at night exterior lights fill many needs. You can feel a great deal of satisfaction realizing that many of your outside lights will operate all night long for free thanks to the energy stored that day by the sun. There are a tremendous number of options available today allowing you to light the exterior of your home or business with solar power.

Many outdoor solar lights such as path lights, flood lights, garden accent lighting, spot lights, post lights, and security lights are readily available today from multiple manufacturers. Your ponds and pools can be easily illuminated with floating solar powered decorative lights. Many of these solar light styles are available in multiple LED colors adding a great deal of variety and accessories to your meet all of your yard and landscape needs. You can even light your flagpole with solar power to proudly display your flag day or night.

Many homeowners take great pride in maintaining a well kept yard and decorative garden. These great features can come alive at night too with the flexible solar light options that frequent the market today. Everyone wants an eye catching yard that has been well taken care of and now your efforts can be reflected at night. New fixture styles that include multiple mounting options leaves consumers wanting solar lighting with a great deal of stylish options that bring a lot of attention to a well manicured landscape around the clock.

Another great feature with outdoor solar lighting is the ease of installation. Homeowners have great flexibility when it comes to installing solar lighting and it is super simple. The most difficult part of the installation is deciding what solar lights you want and where to put them. No electricity or expensive contractors, all you need to do is find a spot that receives regular sunlight and you simply place a light there.

Most ground installed models includes a stake that is simple tapped into the ground then the light fixture is mounted on the stake connector. This sounds simplistic but always place a board or a flat object on top of the stake before tapping to prevent damage to the ground stake. Most solar light fixtures are constructed of hard durable plastic. More expensive models of solar lights will use glass in their lamps and may include stainless steel posts offering a more solid construction style.

Although solar lights are not as powerful as the electric fixtures, the benefits of solar far and away outweighs their counterparts. The soothing glow from solar powered LED bulbs are eye catching and calming. With the advances in solar powered lighting leading to many varieties and styles available to us today, your small initial investment will pay for itself in short order. With no maintenance costs and an endless energy source, solar lighting is smart and makes complete sense.

Outdoor Solar Lights – Environmentally Sound and Timelessly Chic

There was a time that solar lights were as rare as, say a mobile telephone. But just as most people have a cell phone these days, people should look to inexpensive and highly functional solar lights to light up their yards.

Outdoor solar lights are greatly improved over the bulky, low-light products sold a few years ago. Today, they come in a host of styles and they are fairly inexpensive – especially when you consider you are eliminating the electric current to light them up. They can be used anywhere that electric has not been installed and they have access to at least a few hours of sunlight. This makes them especially useful for outdoor areas.

There are many uses for solar lights, a few of which are outlined here:

Function

Put a solar light where you want light to shine after dark – such as a solar flood light in dark corners of your property, at the base of the driveway so no one misses the turn, or along a pathway that might be treacherous in the dark. A set of sleek, stainless solar-powered lights can be placed along walkways or the driveway.

You don’t need to run cords or have an electrician come out and do the hard wiring. A solar panel on the top of each light stores the sun’s energy during the day and converts it into bright LED white light for 12 hours at night.

Thankfully, today’s solar lights provide plenty of light to show off the darkest outdoor areas, even the numbers on your house. Mount a mini solar spotlight above your house number or near your front door so you can see where to insert the key. These compact lights are mounted with screws or double-sided tape. The result is you don’t have to fumble with your keys and visitors will be able to see your house number.

Fun

Today’s solar lights do not have to be all about function. They can be fun, while lighting up your property. Try a set of two solar-powered lights that change colors. You’ll have a rainbow of colors, rather than the plain white LED light cast by most solar lights. The lights charge during the day. At night, they turn from blue to green to red to yellow. Best of all, they have on and off sensors that automatically turn the lights on at dusk and off at first light.

Whimsical

In additional to casting light, solar outdoor lights can also offer some humor to your yard. For example, lots of people have yard art – ceramic frogs and gnomes. But with solar lights, you can have a crystal-like solar lit snail to accent your yard. During the day, it’s crystal clear, but at night, it changes color from green to golden yellow to white. You can place the snail on the ground or on a metal stake that’s included. Its built-in solar panel will charge a rechargeable battery during the day that lets it glow for up to 10 hours at night, when fully charged. And if you want something faster than a snail, you can also get a rabbit, squirrel or turtle in the same crystal style.

Holiday

Solar technology has changed the way holiday lights are strung. Imagine lighting up your house at Christmas time, knowing there won’t be an extra large electric bill coming in January. Today, most varieties of Christmas lights are available with solar technology.

A string of 60 lights are powered during the day and glow at night for about eight hours. And best of all, you can place them where you want them. You’re no longer limited to where an electrical outlet is located.

So place them out near the road, on your mail box or run them up the lamppost. You can also get solar
net lights that make decorating bushes and shrubs so easy. With 50 solar lights per net, you can create a great holiday display without wires or extension cords.

Just drape the net over your shrubs and let the sun do its work. And since you don’t need an outlet, why not use a strand of solar string lights to light up the wreath on your front door! Imagine – no need to hide a battery pack to light it up. Let the sun power up the 24 lights. You can even purchase solar-powered icicle lights now. Each string has 20 solar acrylic icicles, each 4 inches long.

Aesthetic Appeal

If you are someone who simply enjoys the look of lights to brighten up the dark, then you’ll be pleased with what’s being offered in solar lights. Install a set of two Set of two solar lanterns by your front door. The colonial look will enhance your front entrance and they will economically light up your walkway for more than eight hours when full charged. With some models, you can even choose between a soft amber light and a bright white light. Built-in sensors will turn them on and off automatically.