Before this, we have a discussion about how to decide whether or not you need solar. This time I want to tell you some about how to choose solar lighting. It’s both for home owner and public illumination. Installing solar lighting can pose many challenges to the homeowner. In addition to the basic cost of the lights themselves, it's also necessary to hire a licensed electrician to do the solar lighting installation.
Solar lights are an increasingly popular alternative for both home lighting and public lighting. They are affordably priced, simple and safe to install yourself, can be relocated easily, and, of course, you also save on electrical costs.
Until recently, most solar lights emitted only a dim light and were not all that reliable. This has changed, as super-bright LEDs have replaced more conventional filament bulbs. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) create light without generating the waste heat of normal bulbs, so they are very bright, yet require far less electricity to operate. The result is a dependable, long-term "bulb" that will usually shine for the life of the product. And now, most solar lighting are using LED lighting bulb their lighting resources.
Other recent advances in solar lighting technology include the development of more efficient, affordably-priced photovoltaic cells, improved circuitry, and more efficient batteries. These new solar lights are able to perform year-round—even through the cold, short days of winter—with little variation in performance.
When shopping for solar lights, it's important to match the light to the function you want it to perform. There are three primary categories of solar lights for use in the landscape: accent, path, and task lights (spotlights).
Solar Pathway Lighting
The SunMastert Solar garden light can be used to illuminate steps or a garden path.
As the name implies, path lights are meant to light paths, walkways, driveway perimeters or other small areas around your home and in your landscape. They are often used in multiples to guide the way along a set of stairs or a dark walk. Path lights typically come with a choice of ground stakes, flange mounts and hanging hooks, to give the user a wide choice of positioning options. Most are designed to focus their light downward.
Path lights may also have on-off switches, a feature that allows the homeowner to "store" the electrical charge for a special event and ensure the longest possible run time. Some models may offer options such as high-low power, colored lenses, or timers. Solar path lights are a mid-range choice in terms of price and light output.
Solar Street Lights
Solar Street light is the most common public lighting resources; I am willing to introduce some knowledge about solar street light.
Solar street lights are the brightest class of solar lights and usually carry high price tag. They are designed to cast a bright beam of light on streets. That is to say, it is important to realize a solar street light will not perform like a standard 100-watt outdoor floodlight.
Most solar street lights are designed so they can be mounted in a number of ways and can be adjusted to shine in any direction. Often the solar panel can be mounted separately from the light, which allows you to put the panel in a place where it will get the sunshine.
Solar Street lighting that use LEDs have another little-known benefit that makes them especially well suited for landscape use. As temperatures drop, LEDs generate an even brighter light, due to their solid state design. In this respect, solar lights are superior to low-voltage outdoor lights and compact fluorescent lights, which operate less efficiently in very cold conditions. LEDs also have a lifespan in excess of 100,000 hours compared to 2,000 to 3,000 hours for the average incandescent.
The application of solar lighting is very important to our environment. And solar lighting is also getting more and more popular nowadays. So I think it is very useful getting to know some basic information about solar lighting