Outdoor Solar Lights

In the past, solar lights were so rare. But nowadays, these have been so populr that people decide to look for inexpensive and highly functional solar lights to light up their yards.

Outdoor solar lights are greatly improved over the bulky, low-light products sold a few years ago. Today, they come in a host of styles and they are fairly inexpensive – especially when you consider you are eliminating the electric current to light them up. They can be used anywhere that electric has not been installed and they have access to at least a few hours of sunlight. This makes them especially useful for outdoor areas.

There are many uses for solar lights, a few of which are outlined here:

Function

Put a solar light where you want light to shine after dark – such as a solar flood light in dark corners of your property, at the base of the driveway so no one misses the turn, or along a pathway that might be treacherous in the dark. A set of sleek, stainless solar-powered lights can be placed along walkways or the driveway.

You don’t need to run cords or have an electrician come out and do the hard wiring. A solar panel on the top of each light stores the sun’s energy during the day and converts it into bright LED white light for 12 hours at night.

Thankfully, today’s solar lights provide plenty of light to show off the darkest outdoor areas, even the numbers on your house. Mount a mini solar spotlight above your house number or near your front door so you can see where to insert the key. These compact lights are mounted with screws or double-sided tape. The result is you don’t have to fumble with your keys and visitors will be able to see your house number.

Fun

Today’s solar lights do not have to be all about function. They can be fun, while lighting up your property. Try a set of two solar-powered lights that change colors. You’ll have a rainbow of colors, rather than the plain white LED light cast by most solar lights. The lights charge during the day. At night, they turn from blue to green to red to yellow. Best of all, they have on and off sensors that automatically turn the lights on at dusk and off at first light.

Whimsical

In additional to casting light, solar outdoor lights can also offer some humor to your yard. For example, lots of people have yard art – ceramic frogs and gnomes. But with solar lights, you can have a crystal-like solar lit snail to accent your yard. During the day, it’s crystal clear, but at night, it changes color from green to golden yellow to white. You can place the snail on the ground or on a metal stake that’s included. Its built-in solar panel will charge a rechargeable battery during the day that lets it glow for up to 10 hours at night, when fully charged. And if you want something faster than a snail, you can also get a rabbit, squirrel or turtle in the same crystal style.

Holiday

Solar technology has changed the way holiday lights are strung. Imagine lighting up your house at Christmas time, knowing there won’t be an extra large electric bill coming in January. Today, most varieties of Christmas lights are available with solar technology.

A string of 60 lights are powered during the day and glow at night for about eight hours. And best of all, you can place them where you want them. You’re no longer limited to where an electrical outlet is located.

So place them out near the road, on your mail box or run them up the lamppost. You can also get solar net lights that make decorating bushes and shrubs so easy. With 50 solar lights per net, you can create a great holiday display without wires or extension cords.

Just drape the net over your shrubs and let the sun do its work. And since you don’t need an outlet, why not use a strand of solar string lights to light up the wreath on your front door! Imagine – no need to hide a battery pack to light it up. Let the sun power up the 24 lights. You can even purchase solar-powered icicle lights now. Each string has 20 solar acrylic icicles, each 4 inches long.

Aesthetic Appeal

If you are someone who simply enjoys the look of lights to brighten up the dark, then you’ll be pleased with what’s being offered in solar lights. Install a set of two Set of two solar lanterns by your front door. The colonial look will enhance your front entrance and they will economically light up your walkway for more than eight hours when full charged. With some models, you can even choose between a soft amber light and a bright white light. Built-in sensors will turn them on and off automatically.

Garry Shelly is a freelance writer who writes about a host of topics including landscaping products such as outdoor solar lights.

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