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How To Choose The Right Solar Lighting

April 21, 2014 by  
Filed under Construction, Electronics, Gardening, Lighting

How Best to Choose Solar Lights

Providing ambient outdoor light fittings with solar powered lights is becoming very popular because of their low cost and zero running costs.

Solar lighting is considerably cheaper to install compared with mains powered lighting. Solar units offer more flexibility because they don’t require a mains supply.

During the past few years, advances in solar lighting have lead to better performance and reliability.

The use of LED bulbs has effectively reduced power required whilst also increasing illumination levels. Direct sunlight used to be a necessity for solar lights to take enough charge to work properly. The technology for harvesting the suns energy has improved a lot. In the coming months and years solar technology will continue to advance.

Solar garden lighting is available in several alternative designs and styles;

  • Traditional lantern style wall lighting.
  • Lighting for post or hung style applications.
  • Different colours and designs of fairy light strings.
  • Flush mounted decking lights, recessed into the deck timbers.
  • Motion sensor security spot lights.

Light units will either have a solar panel built into the lighting unit, or it will be connected to a remote wired panel that can be situated in the best position to harvest natural sunlight. It will depend on the positioning of your lights as to which type of design is the best for you.

Integrated design

The downside to integrated lights is that their solar panels are smaller to fit within the light, which in turn means they are less efficient and will need more sunlight in order to work effectively for you.

Remote Solar Panel Design Deck lights

Remote Solar Panel Design

Solar lighting with external panels will usually charge faster and be more reliable because the panels are larger and can be placed in the best location to harvest energy. Rechargeable solar lighting batteries often vary in quality and manufacturer installed batteries are often at the lower end of the quality spectrum. Most factory fitted batteries are bought as cheaply as possible rather than being chosen for their long term performance.

Getting the Best from your Solar Powered Lights

The placement of your solar lights is also very important to their performance. Find out more about positioning your solar lights correctly at and chose from a wide variety of high quality UK spec lighting. The more direct sunlight your solar lights receive, the better they will work for you. Too much shade for your lights will reduce their performance significantly.

Avoid siting your lights where they will be shaded by trees or buildings as this will affect their performance. Advances in renewable technologies such as solar power are set to further improve lighting performance. The annual sales of solar lighting products are growing every year.

Solar energy reduces our reliance on the planet’s natural fuel reserves as well as making your energy bill cheaper.

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