Solar LED Lighting
All Solar LED Lights are self contained, include a solar panel and batteries, and utilize an energy efficient LED light source. Solar Outdoor Lighting does not require any wires to be run or any transformers, just install the fixture and switch it on!
Solar LED Lighting
Outdoor Landscape Lighting systems usually consist of individual fixtures with wiring run from each fixture to a transformer. Solar lighting differs from this in that each fixture has its own solar power source and built in batteries. During the daytime a built in photo cell turns the fixture off and the solar power panel charges the batteries. Once the photo cell senses that it has become dark the charging stops and the light turns on, running off the stored battery power. Most solar lighting fixtures will run nearly the whole night before eventually running the battery dead. Once the sun is up again the charging resumes and the batteries are ready for the next nights work. Read More +
Many solar fixtures are also equipped with an on/off switch which allows you to prevent the light from coming on. This is handy if you place the solar lights in an area that is not used regularly, like a back yard that you only need lighting for the weekends.
There are also solar shed lighting kits that have a switch so that when you enter the shed you can turn on the light, the batteries are charged every day for use whenever they are required. Solar lighting fixtures for sheds are easily installed in the roof or wall of the shed. Everything necessary is included, no additional wiring or transformers are needed. Most of the solar lights are constructed from high impact plastic for resistance to damage by pets and other hazards. The batteries used can be charged and discharged hundreds of times during their lives and a specifically designed for this type of use. Close -
Solar Outdoor Lighitng
A common benefit for all 12 volt landscape lighting options is energy efficiency. This is especially true of LED and Solar outdoor lighting. Outdoor solar lights offer unique planning and design opportunities as well. First, let’s get a basic understanding of how solar lighting operates. Solar lighting by nature MUST be located outdoors with access to the sun’s rays. Read More +
Solar lights do not require a transformer like most 12 volt lighting systems, nor do they require running wires from fixture to fixture and to a transformer. Solar options operate using a solar panel which connects to a battery, which in turn powers the outdoor solar lights during times of darkness. Most solar fixtures have their own dedicated solar panel and batteries. Basically, the solar panel will soak up the sun’s rays and charge the systems batteries using direct current electricity. In order to operate as efficiently as possible, the solar panel must transmit more electricity during one charge than the amount of power that is used in an average night by the corresponding lighting fixture. As long as this is the case, then the solar lighting system will operate at peak efficiency without any noticeable or frustrating down time. The system has built in controls that protect against overcharging, as well as controlling when the light is on. One commonly asked question is, "Will my solar outdoor lighting system operate properly if the preceding day was cloudy, or seemed to lack sufficient sunlight?” The answer here is yes, the solar system still operates properly on cloudy days. The principle being, that if there is enough sunlight for the naked human eye to see reasonably clearly, then there is enough sunlight for the photovoltaic collection of the solar panel to operate properly. Some solar operating systems even work so efficiently that the battery pack can provide 4-6 days of illumination without a charge. Therefore, don’t let things like a high volume of overcast days in your region keep you from going solar. Instead, think about the immediate cost benefit you will face!
Installation and the cost of the fixtures are the only costs! You will never pay for permits, contractors, wiring, shortages, electrical bills, or any other costs relating to an outdoor lighting system. The main benefit of solar outdoor lighting is the simplicity. No transformers, no complicated wiring systems, permits, or electrical contractors are required. This means, no digging trenches, planning layouts, and most importantly, no spending extra money on your outdoor solar lights system! Because the system is not connected by cabling, this means that if one fixture shorts out, the whole line will not go down. With typical lighting systems that actually operate as "systems”, if one light along the line goes down, all consecutive lights will fail as well until repaired. You will never need to worry about this when using solar lighting. Get started planning your system today to enjoy other numerous benefits such a system can offer your property. Things like safety, convenience, and deterrence of crime can also have great effects on the usability and value of your property. We highly recommend you continue reading the great guides we offer as well as some of the other fantastic resources around the web highlighting the benefits of a solar outdoor lighting system. Close -