Energy from the sun is harnessed in solar powered outdoor lights. Solar energy is a very practical source for our lighting needs. It is free and abundant. It is nature’s gift to mankind, and it is ours for the taking. It is a good alternative energy source, because it does not use fossil fuel that is harmful to the environment. All we have to do is use the technology.
It may look the same as any outdoor lights, but it is built with solar panels that have cells to capture sunlight and turn it into energy. As night falls, the bulbs automatically turn on. It is a relatively maintenance free and hands free way of illuminating your outdoor space every night.
This kind of lighting is different from other solar systems that power whole houses or appliances. These outdoor lights do not need much space for installation. The power system is miniscule and can be hidden in the lighting unit itself.
There are a number of lighting design companies and stores that have such products available. Some of the well-known stores and brands that might carry solar powered outdoor lights are Craftsman, Minka, LAMP, Radiance, or Kichler.
The advantages of using solar powered outdoor lights are numerous.
- Ridiculously easy installation. Some just need to be secured to the garden with a ready made stake. Others can be installed like normal lights, but without the wiring.
- No unsightly wires needed. These are most helpful for difficult areas, especially those far from power sources.
- A range of designs available. Just like ordinary outdoor lights, but better. There are solar spots and floodlights, security lights, and ground stake solar lights. There are specialty lights, decorative garden lights, stepping stone lights, and hanging lights.
- Most important of all, it is energy saving and eco friendly. Lighting your garden path and saving the world at the same time sounds like a very good idea.
Lighting the outdoors is a design technique to make certain areas usable for residents. An unused space will become more appealing for picnics, barbeques, little get-togethers, and the like. A previously idle spot can magically turn into a favorite relaxing place. This is how solar powered outdoor lights can be of help.