Solar Garden Lighting: Its Good Points and Shortcomings

Solar garden light usually produces low voltage landscape lighting. Voltage comes in 12-22 volts. This has been the top pick of home designers because of its features. Solar garden lighting uses the energy of the sun to convert it to light. It does not need electricity to work and it is long-lasting. Particular features in the home or garden that you want to highlight lend themselves well to this type of lighting.

Pros to Installing Solar Lighting

  • Garden solar lights are eco-friendly. They pull energy from sunlight to provide illumination. They don’t contain mercury that could cause poisoning when levels are high. They don’t emit carbon dioxide that destroys the ozone layer.
  • They are safe. Solar lights are generally very easily mounted and you do  not need an electrician to assemble them. This saves money both in labor costs and with your electric bills. There is no danger of electric shock.
  • They are durable and long lasting. Many consumers claimed that their solar garden lights worked up to ten years. They require fewer repairs because the materials are quality-made. There is less hassle because bulbs don’t need to be replaced every month.
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    Cons to Installing Solar Lighting

  • Purchasing a solar garden system can be quite pricey although more recently prices are beginning to drop considerably. Although the installation and functioning of the system is free, electric lights are cheaper to buy initially. The savings with solar lighting are seen once the installation is complete and the lights are functioning.
  • You have to be careful where you position the solar lights, those placed in the wrong situation will not get recharged unless they are able to receive energy from the sun. The solar panels must be pointed directly at the sun to have adequate energy for illumination.
  • Without sunlight, they won’t work at all.  Periods of bad weather such as electrical storms, snow storms, very cloudy or foggy days will affect the picking up of sunlight by the solar panels. These days, most of the  larger sets of solar lights do come with backup batteries to offset times when poor weather will make the regular use of solar lighting and recharging impossible.
  • There are many advantages to opting for solar lighting. If you cannot convert your entire home to solar energy, at least using solar lights in the garden will help cut down your electricity usage and will be better for the environment.

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