Many years ago, when solar lighting was in its infancy, all people would think of is the huge solar panels with the standard industrial fixtures that were starting to show up. Now, with the implementation of LEDs in conjunction with solar power, fixture options are changing dramatically. Instead of just seeing the standard Cobrahead style fixture, a more decorative line is now available.
Decorative fixtures are now available that can produce the same light output as standard commercial fixtures. The fixtures fit in well with architectural surroundings and are perfect for downtown district areas, parks, and on pathways and residential areas.
Standard overhead fixtures are now becoming brighter for larger applications while using less power then their CFL counterparts. The LEDs can have multiple lighting patters for different lighting needs such as round for larger areas to thin and wide for two lane roadways. Most LED fixtures are also dark sky compliant keeping from additional light pollution falling on surrounding areas.
Since LED fixtures use less power, the solar that is needed to power the fixtures is less. And since the fixtures are brighter with a larger lighting pattern, the number of fixtures required for an application is less. This lowers the cost of the overall project and provides an even faster payback period for going solar.