Types of Solar Lights
Many people are now choosing alternative energy sources to power home appliances. Smaller devices, such as solar garden lights, come with the ability to absorb the sun's energy without tapping into an expensive solar panel. In addition to being a green choice, solar-powered lights are also inexpensive, easy to maintain and simple to install.
About Solar Powered Lights
Until recently, most solar powered lights provided a weak light. New innovations in LED technology have resulted in highly efficient LED bulbs that can produce bright light with less energy. In addition to providing a bright light, LED bulbs are so efficient that most solar-powered lights will work in any weather condition.
Solar garden lights come in a number of styles and designs. The three main styles of solar lights for the garden are accent lights, path lights and spotlights. Exploring the purpose of these different designs can help consumers choose the right model for their needs.
Solar Accent Lights
Accent lights are typically used to provide a decorative glow to a garden. Accent lights can be used to mark a landscape hazard, such as a stone that may be tripped over or the boundaries of a garden. Their output is minimal and is not enough to mark a path or illuminate an object. Solar accent lights charge very well in overcast conditions and may run from 8-12 hours on a single charge. Solar accent lights are typically the least expensive option.
Solar Path Lights
Solar path lights are used to illuminate paths, driveways or other perimeters in a home garden. These lights are available in three common varieties: ground stakes, flange mounts and hanging hooks. Path lights may come with an on/off switch, enabling the homeowner to reserve stored power for when it is needed. Other options available in some path lights include the option to switch between bright and dim lighting, colored lenses and timers.
Spotlights are the most expensive and brightest solar light option. Solar spotlights produce a single bright beam of light to aim at a statue, doorway or other object. These lights frequently allow the solar panel to be mounted separately, ensuring maximum solar collection.
In addition to these different designs, solar lights also come in a number of colors and styles. Whether searching for an attractive glow, useful path illumination or a bright beam of light, solar garden lights can meet any homeowner's need affordability.