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How to choose solar lighting

Posted by SEPCO

2/9/12 9:30 AM

Solar LightsBefore 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, the lighting levels and reliability can vary from manufacturer.

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).

Topics: Solar Lighting

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