This article will look at the differences between solar garden lights and traditional garden lighting. It will detail the differences between the two and the advantages/disadvantages of both lighting options.
After reading this the reader should be able to make a more balanced decision when choosing their garden lights.
Overview of solar garden lights
Solar garden lighting is becoming more popular over time. There are several reasons for this growth in popularity. One of the main draws is that solar lighting is environmentally friendly.
The conversion of sunlight to electrical energy releases no CO2 compared to traditional electricity production.
Most electrical power is supplied via coal or gas power stations; which releases a lot of CO2 into the environment. These gases are one of the main driving forces behind mankind speeding up the process of global warming.
Another reason why solar lighting is gaining popularity is that it can save you money. The fact that these lights are powered by the sun means that you only need to pay the initial purchase price.
There are no ongoing costs to power the lights. This is a fact that appeals to a lot of consumers; whether they are environmentally conscious or not.
Advantages of solar garden lights
Solar lights usually run on LEDs; this means that they won’t blow out like a traditional bulb. They can last a very long time (up to 10 years in some cases). As mentioned before they virtually have no running costs and are environmentally friendly.
Disadvantages of solar lighting
Depending on the amount of daylight you get the brightness sometime isn’t as good as traditionally wired lights. The mechanism that powers the solar garden lights is also susceptible to becoming less effective. If dirt covers the solar receptor then the amount of sunlight converted to energy will be less.
Overview of wired electrical lighting
This is the traditional form of lighting that is used for permanent garden lights. They usually run on a low voltage basis for safety reasons. Most people still prefer these lights due to the familiarity/comfort of them.
Advantages of wired electrical lighting
These lights are traditional and can add value to your garden/property when it comes to resale. As these are more common than outdoor solar lights, buyers usually like to stick with what they know.
Disadvantages of wired electrical lighting
You have to pay for the continued running cost of wired electrical lighting. Every time you turn them on it is costing you money. This is not the case with solar garden lights. There is also the fact that the bulbs will blow out and need replaced on a semi-regular basis. Also because they are wired and connect to your home’s main electrical supply there is danger involved. If an untrained individual makes a mistake when wiring up garden lights it could have negative consequences.