How to Select Garden Lighting
Solar powered lighting technology has advanced lately, and now provides more effective lighting at increasingly affordable prices.
Solar lighting requires much less installation than traditional mains lighting. Because solar powered lighting doesn’t require a mains supply, it is much more flexible.
Solar technology has advanced recently, giving better illumination and improved reliability.
Light levels have been improved through the use of LED bulbs, whilst they also effectively reduce power consumption requirements. Direct sunlight used to be necessary for solar lights to work efficiently. Harvesting the suns energy has improved greatly. The speed of technology development is expected to continue to accelerate in the years to come.
Solar garden lights comes in several different styles. Wall mounted light fittings. Hung or post mounted lighting. A variety of different styles of fairy lights. Decking lights for recessed installation in the decking timbers. Security Lighting with motion sensors. Some solar lights contain the solar panel in the light unit itself, while others have a wired panel that you can position nearby to harvest energy. The type you choose will depend on the application and your circumstances because they each have their own advantages and disadvantages.
In order to work at their best, integrated solar garden lights often require more light for longer periods as their solar panels are small by design. In addition, many solar lights sold in the UK are not designed to generate enough power for UK weather conditions, meaning that they under perform and disappoint their owners. Many businesses and suppliers fail to deliver on their promises to their customers.
External panels however are usually larger, but because they include wires are more laborious to install. The other important factor, which will affect the performance of your solar lights is the quality of the rechargeable battery within the light. Original batteries from the Far East are often unreliable and so replacing them makes sense.
How to Get the Best from Solar Lights
Location will make the biggest difference to the performance of your lights. Ideally, place your lights to get the maximum direct sunlight per day. If your lights are shaded during the day, it will reduce the charge that they receive.
Try to avoid positioning your solar lights where they will have shadows cast over them as that will reduce their performance. Improvements in solar panel and battery technology are the two biggest areas where we expect to see performance gains. The annual sales of renewable energy solar products rises each year and is set to continue to do so.
Using solar energy devices not only saves you money on your energy bills, but because they are environmentally friendly they help to preserve the planets resources too.