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Garden Lights: Why Solar-Powered is the Way to Go

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Apr 11, 2012 01:01 AM
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by Tom Cranford last modified Apr 10, 2012

Solar powered garden lights have become the first choice for most landscape designers. Here's the green reasons why!



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Solar garden lights are an ideal solution for many outdoor illumination needs. The solar panels charge the lights during the day, allowing them to run all night without being plugged in. They have become the first choice of many landscape designers.

The more sunlight that hits the panels during the day, the longer they will operate during the evening. For ideal results, northern sunlight exposure is recommended. Southern exposure will severely diminish the duration of the lighting once the sun goes down. However, even in a worst case scenario, most of today’s solar garden lights are designed for eight or more hours of lighting.

Why Choose Solar to Power your Garden Lights?

The primary reason is the cost. Energy from the sun is free; energy from the power company is not. There is also no wiring to install or maintain, which will lessen your overall cost. Installation is actually surprisingly simple.

Exterior solar lighting is also a great way to “go green.” There are many choices and styles to choose from, assuring your garden of a modern look with environmentally-friendly functionality. What could be better than a great look combined with renewable energy?

Many lighting systems feature sensors that automatically turn the lights on when it gets dark and turns them off when the sun comes up. They are built to withstand any type of foul weather, regardless of where you live.

Another major benefit is the safety aspect. No electrical wire translates to reduced risk, and this is especially important in areas of high traffic, or in areas that children play. Let your kids go outside and play without having to worry about anything besides the occasional broken arm from falling off the swing set. Hey, it’s better than being electrocuted!

Before choosing a certain garden light variety, it’s important to assess what your goals and needs are. How do you plan to use your outdoor area? What about five years from now? Safety and security dictate that certain areas outside your home need to be more illuminated than others. Take your outdoor entertaining tendencies into account as well.

Solar lighting comes in many varieties and styles, such as ground mounted, wall mounted or hanging. With this many choices, you can undoubtedly find something that fits your landscape perfectly, adding light and beauty to your trees, shrubs, driveway, patio, deck, flowerbed and garden. Why not go all out and add a few solar spotlights to highlight your yard’s best features?

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