Solar Powered Landscape Lighting – What Are The Options

Solar Powered Landscape Lighting – What Are The Options

Solar Powered Landscape Lighting

Solar powered landscape lighting is now a very practical and dependable lighting option for your outdoor needs. Utilizing  solar powered outdoor lights, solar panels and rechargeable solar batteries, the result is a lighting device that burns bright, long, inexpensively, and safely.

How it works:

Solar powered landscape lighting can be placed almost anywhere. The one caveat is that you must place the lights in as much direct sunlight as possible. This will allow the solar panel to charge fully during the daytime and power the lights for the entire night. This is very important if you intend to have your lights stay on for the entire night. Some solar powered lighting systems are entirely self-contained units, while others use a separate solar panel to power the lights. For self-contained units, place the light itself in as much direct sunlight, or if it is not, place the solar panel in direct sunlight.

In addition to high capacity batteries and solar cells, the system also incorporates charge regulators, which stop the flow of solar generated electricity when the batteries are fully charged, and then resume charging when more power is needed.

The great thing about solar powered landscape lights is that many of them have their own self-contained solar panels, so you can literally place them anywhere to create a great landscape setting.

Your outdoor solar lighting system uses solar cells to convert sunlight into electricity. The electricity is stored in batteries and used by the lights at night. The sensors in the lights activate at sunset and turn off at sunrise.

What to be aware of:

As I mentioned before, the nightly run-times of solar lighting depends on the amount of direct sunlight your solar cells get. Depending on the quality of your solar lights, this can last anywhere between 2 hours for low-end lights all the way to 10 hours for high-end lighting systems.

Many people worry about the effectiveness of solar powered landscape lighting and what is realistic for areas that do not receive more than 10 hours of bright sunlight. There are many factors that can contribute to your lighting system not receiving enough sunlight: shading for trees or bushes, buildings, and winter conditions. Your lighting system may only run at 30%-50% of its full capacity because of these factors and light your landscape for only a few hours instead of the entire night.

The good news is that there are great lighting solutions for these particular conditions. There are solar lighting systems made specifically for cloudy, overcast, and rainy/snowy environments that do not receive the sufficient sunlight for basic outdoor solar lighting systems. The solar cells in these outdoor solar lights will be designed to charge your battery to full capacity and prevent insufficient battery charging which not only affects performance, but also reduces the life of your battery.

What to look for:

Your outdoor solar lights will work in most areas of the United States. It is important to consider your specific geographic and site specific variables when choosing your solar lighting system. Remember that your lighting system will work well only if it receives adequate amounts of sunlight. The manufacturer will inform you of how many hours of sunlight your system will need.

Your new solar lighting system will allow you to do so many things. You no longer have to worry about digging up your landscape, worry about increasing your electricity bill every month from lighting your landscape, and can light remote areas of your yard that you could not with traditional electric lighting actions.

For the design conscious home owner, there are a great variety of styles on the market to meet your design needs. Lighting styles and designs range from antique and classic to modern, sleek and high-tech looking. Some of the styles are installed by staking them to the ground, while other models can be easily hung on the wall hooks. There are even models that are installed by becoming the lamp on top of fence post tops.  There are design options for all of your solar lighting system needs.

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Final Words

I hope you found this solar lighting review helpful. If you have any questions or thoughts, just leave a comment below. I promise to get back to you.

Solar Lighting Guru
Solar Lighting Guru
Hi there, my name is Stuart and I am the founder of the Solar Lighting Center. Having spent a lot of time researching before purchasing my own solar powered light, I now make solar powered lighting reviews and guides to help other benefit from the power of the sun.

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