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Solar Yard Lights

Solar Yard Lights Are a Great Addition to Any Home

A great way to improve the safety and enjoyment of your home is by installing solar yard lights anywhere you spend time outdoors. These modern lights allow you to light a particular area of your home for free, using sunlight for power. They are attractive, inexpensive and will continue to provide free lighting for years on the average home.

So Many Styles to Choose From

Solar powered outdoor lighting can be a great addition to your home because it allows you to enjoy areas of your yard in the evenings. This used to mean hiring a contractor to install a set of lights and connect them to your home’s wiring for operation. Attempting this was often a complicated and expensive project that many homeowners would have loved to do, but didn’t want to deal with the hassle.

Solar Yard LightsSolar yard lights can solve this problem for you by providing just the right amount of light you need, where you need it and using the sun as their power source. Most of these fixtures include an attached solar panel that converts sunlight to power that is used to charge an internal battery. This battery is then used in the evenings to provide the power for your solar yard lights.

The other nice thing about these lights is the wide variety of choices you have in fixtures. There are models of these solar yard lights that work like conventional spotlights and can illuminate a large portion of your yard. These are great for sections of your yard that you use for parties or relaxing. Other models are more directional and can be used to light a smaller area of your yard with a brighter beam of light.

These are typically used as security lights and many of them are even equipped with a motion sensor to turn them on when someone is in the vicinity. There are also versions of these solar yard lights that can be used to gently light a garden or your landscaping, such as the solar power garden lights, and will add that little extra bit of interest to these areas.

Installation Is Easy

By using solar yard lights instead of a conventional fixture, you can do the installation yourself and save the money a contractor would cost for conventional lights. These  solar lights don’t require any power connections and can be installed anywhere you need a little extra light. To install one of these units you simply have to decide where you want the light and simply secure the solar yard lights to your home with a few screws.

In models with the solar panel attached to the fixture you’ll need to be sure you locate the light in an area of adequate sunlight to charge its batteries. Some models even provide a removable solar panel that can be located a short distance from the fixture to allow you additional flexibility in mounting.

They Make Your Yard More Functional

These solar yard lights are a great addition to any home and will allow you to more fully enjoy your yard after the sun has set. Imagine being able to stroll through your garden in the evenings or enjoying your patio late into the night.

These solar yard lights can operate for hours on a single charge and will provide all the light you need for your outdoor activities. They are also a great way to provide additional security for your home and peace of mind that your family is safe all night long.


Solar Walkway Lights

Increase Your Home’s Curb Appeal with Solar Walkway Lights

Providing light for a walkway at your home used to be a big project. You needed to install the lights themselves near the walkway and then connect them together with a long length of wire. Once they were all wired together, you still had to connect them to a transformer that supplied the power for the lights.

A project like this was beyond the skill of many homeowners and turned into an expensive and complicated event. All of these steps have been eliminated with solar walkway lights, which are self-contained and use the sun to provide the power they need for operation. They are easy to install, inexpensive and will operate all evening on a single charge from the sun.

No More Wires to Worry About

These solar walkway lights include a specialized solar module in their design that allows them to be charged by the sun. This solar module converts the sunlight that strikes its surface into a DC current that charges an internal battery. The battery is used as a power source for the solar lights later that evening and can typically supply enough power to keep the lights operating all night.

Most of these solar walkway lights also include a light sensor in their fixture that can turn the lights on at dusk and off again at dawn so that they operate automatically and are on when you need them to be. There are other models that can be used with a conventional wall switch so you have a more complete control over when the lights are in operation.

Because these lights provide their own power, you never have to worry about a larger electrical bill when using them. It also makes it easier to install these solar walkway lights since there is no wiring involved with their installation. You simply mount them where needed and enjoy the light they provide for your home.

Install As Many As You Need

Another big advantage to using solar walkway lights is that you can install as many of them as you need for your walkway. Conventional light kits are typically sold with a specific number of fixtures and if you had a longer or shorter walkway you might have needed to use several sets to cover the walkway with lighting. This made these larger installations even more expensive and complicated.

With the solar walkway lights you can use the exact right number of lights for your path. You can even move them if needed once they have been installed to accommodate changes in your landscaping over time. This flexibility makes them easy to install and the perfect choice for any walkway.

Solar Walkway LightsMix and Match Styles to Create the Perfect Amount of Light

One final advantage to using solar walkway lights on your home is that you are not restricted to a single style of light for your walkway. You can easily mix several styles of fixtures to give you the perfect amount and type of lighting for your needs.

You can use a set of stainless steel solar garden lights that are mounted at the edge of the path and mix in a  solar floodlight to highlight an interesting feature of your home or the landscaping.

The possibilities are endless and easy to accomplish with these modern solar walkway lights. Once they are installed, they will continue to provide all the lighting your walkway needs for many years to come.

Thank you for visiting, until the next article I am your Solar Outdoor Lighting Enthusiast

Leo Bookham