Solar power is becoming more and more widespread for both personal and commercial use. Businesses are increasingly turning to solar security lights and cameras instead of electric ones. The reason being the convenience, effectiveness, and affordability of these solar options, however, they are not without disadvantages. Let's analyze the pros and cons of a solar security system for your business.
Pro: Easy To Install
Solar security systems are very straightforward to set up. The main reason for this is that they don't require wires. You merely need to find an area with ample sunlight and place them directly there. While you can always hire someone to do it for you, generally only the minimal amount of DIY knowledge is required. The exception is if they must be installed in a very high location. For safety reasons, it best to rely on a professional.
Pro: Almost Zero Maintenance
These security systems, once installed, can pretty much take care of themselves. Many models come with a battery that only needs to be replaced every 2-3 years, some last 5 years or more, but other than that maintenance is virtually non-existent. This makes them a good long-term investment for any business.
Pro: Function During Power Outages
Obviously, if there is a power outage in your area, your security lights and cameras will still function perfectly. The confusion and vulnerability caused by power cuts can present a good opportunity for thieves. Luckily, you won't have to worry about this issue, as your business will stay fully illuminated.
Pro: Don't Add To Electricity Bills
Most businesses have bills coming at them from every direction. Thankfully, solar security systems don't create ongoing expenses. As previously mentioned they require little maintenance, and obviously, they don't contribute to electricity costs. This makes them a hands down winner over traditional lighting.
Now, there is still the upfront cost to consider. This can be considerable depending on how many lights and cameras you require to illuminate an area. However, over a short period of time, you are likely to make up for this initial investment, actually saving considerable sums in the long run.
Pro: Good For The Environment
Solar security systems derive pure energy from the sun. This is in sharp contrast to electricity, which is normally created by burning fossil fuels. Reducing your environmental footprint has a positive effect on the planet. It also has a positive effect on your customers, who are often impressed by businesses that make an effort to utilize more natural and harmonious systems.
Con: Not As Powerful As Electric Security Lights
Solar light technology mainly relies on LED lights. The reason for this is that they are the most effective at converting stored energy into light. Unfortunately, this means that solar security lights are generally not as bright as their electric counterparts. While the latest LEDs can sufficiently illuminate large areas, they are still not as powerful as traditional fluorescent bulbs. If achieving the strongest effect possible is your number one priority, then these lights won't be appropriate.
A possible solution is to use a mixture of both solar and electric lights. The more powerful electric lights can be used to illuminate key areas, while the solar lights can be used as a secondary source.
Con: Dependent On The Sun
Certain places are not appropriate for solar security light or camera installation. Any area that is constantly in the shade, either from a tree, building, overhanging, or any other obstruction, will not be suitable for their installation. Consider the dynamics of your business’s layout, as you may be stuck with electric security lights or cameras in certain areas.
Bad weather can also inhibit a solar light’s ability to store energy. This can lead to dimmer lights and less functioning cameras at night. However, this is usually only caused by consistently dark and cloudy days, rather than one-off occurrences. Solar security systems still charge when it's cloudy, just at a slower rate.
Deciding If They Are Right For You
The best security system for your business is one that can deter intruders. These types have many benefits for businesses. In general, they are extremely convenient, affordable, and good for the environment. Even if they are not appropriate in every area, you can still incorporate them to some degree, allowing your business to reap the benefits.
About the Author: Joanna is the Senior Editor for InformedMag and is passionate about security and tech. She has been working in the home safety and security field for 5 years. Joanna loves to travel and enjoys going to hot yoga and Barre classes. She is dedicated to creating articles that both educate and help people make an informed purchasing decision.