In today’s article I would like to discuss solar post lights.
In the past, solar lights were considered a luxury due to the high cost of installation as well as maintenance. Solar technology of the past prevented the batteries included with such lighting to store energy for beyond a few hours. Which is why many people believed solar lighting to be a much more inefficient method of landscape lighting.
However, today’s solar technology has not only increased the storage capacity of modern solar lights. Solar cells have improved too and solar post lights can now run for several nights if the battery is fully charged.
Most people shop for solar post lights for economical reasons
They are looking for easy ways to beautify and improve their landscape while saving money on their electricity bill. For sure, solar lighting is an economical decision in the long run. The initial installation of a network of solar lights for landscaping purposes might be more expensive than traditional incandescent lighting. The plus side is that further down the line, customers will save money on electricity and maintenance costs. Keep in mind that solar lights require the least maintenance out of the major types of lighting designed to be used in landscaping.
Choosing solar post lights
The luminescence of your solar lighting determines how economical your lights are for you. If you are using your solar post lights on your deck as a way to brighten an outdoor living area when it is needed, you will want lights with a high luminosity. These do not last as long as lights that are designed to provide area of effect lighting around the perimeter of landscaping. You need to consider this when planning your lit space. Solar lights designed with a high output are not always necessary.
If you are using post lights as a means to light a path, then higher caliber solar lighting should not be a priority to you. The design is what matters here, so long as the light outputs enough light that the landscaping or pathway is visible, there is no need to consider whether or not the luminosity of the lights is high enough to last all evening.
Costs associated with solar lighting
Most solar lights are sold in do it yourself kits that are relatively easy to install. Each light has all the components self contained. Some kits feature stand alone solar panels. This requires a little bit more planning than sticking your lights where ever you want them. You need to connect the solar panel to the light fixture.
The standard cost for solar post lights depends on the style you get, but most average around $20 to 30 per post, with some slightly cheaper or more expensive, depending on style. This cost is rather expensive when compared to the cost of incandescent or fluorescent lighting in the same category. But remember that once the solar lights are installed, they are not consuming any electricity whatsoever. This makes them a better value in the long run.
Give them enough sunlight
As always, you should ensure the area you plan on placing the lights gets enough sun to charge the lights during the day. At least 8 hours of direct sunlight is recommended each day. But remember, modern solar lights can last for nearly three days on one charge. Nowadays performant solar panels and lithium battery. If you live in an area that does not receive much sunlight, you may want to reconsider the purchase of solar lights. You could get a less than optimal performance as some areas of the country receive much more sunlight than others. Take trees and weather into account when making your purchase.
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