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Pros & Cons Solar Powered Lights

Posted by SEPCO

2/16/12 9:30 AM

Solar Powered LightSolar powered lights have become very popular within the last decade as fossil fuels have become more expensive. Solar lights are an obvious and more affordable “off-grid” solution in comparison to pricey solar panels for your home. In general, solar lights have a lot of advantages such as an absence of power plugs and the simplicity of installation. But are solar powered lights good enough to replace your readily available electrical lights outside your house? Read to find out! 
 

Here are some salient points about solar lighting.

Pros:

  • Solar lights are the greener option because they do not run on electricity and therefore do not require standard electrical power
  • Solar lights are easily installed and moved
  • Solar lights provide a gentle light

Cons:

  • Color of solar light can be too blue, which does not compliment the landscape
  • Some less expensive units can be flimsy
  • Solar lights may have a shorter life span than higher quality low voltage lights

Exterior Solar Lighting Fixtures

The key to a good exterior solar lighting system is to get the maximum amount of light – or lumens – for the minimum electricity or Watts needed. This is tricky since some lights illuminate as a byproduct of heat and use lots of electricity (relatively speaking) to the amount of light produced.

The only slight advantage or disadvantage (depending on your point of view) to this system is mounting. The advantage is that the system can be portable. Charge with the panel during the day, and you have a big powerful light ready to go at night – wherever you want it. The disadvantage is that if you want to mount the system permanently, it can require a little bit of work. However, in most cases, you can do the work yourself if you want, no solar contractor needed.

Do you think the pros outweigh the cons? Let us know below.

Topics: Solar Lighting, General Lighting

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