Solar Lighting 101

Outdoor lighting is a great addition to any home as it enhances its appearance at night and adds a level of security once the sun sets. Outdoor lighting comes in many forms, but solar lighting offers the best in monetary savings as well as a variety of styles and functions. Whether you are looking for lighting that adds a soft glow to a pathway or a bright light by which to work or play by, solar lighting provides many options to choose from. Here’s what you need to know when buying solar lighting for around your property. 

Types of Solar Lighting

While there are many styles of solar lighting to choose from, there are only two main types of lights: self-contained and panel. 

Self-contained solar lights have the solar panels built right into each light. This means that the light itself must be placed in a sunny location to work. 

A solar panel light is one that is connected to a solar panel. This means that the panel must be placed in a sunny spot, but the light itself can be placed anywhere you need light. 

Solar lights provide one of three major functions in a yard.

  • Accent lighting
  • Pathway lighting
  • Task lighting

Which type of light you choose and the function it needs to provide depends on how much lighting you need and why. Whichever solar lighting you choose, however, will over time, show a positive impact on your electric bill. 

What’s Your Solar Lighting Goals?

Are you just looking for solar lighting to accent your landscaping? Maybe you need it to light pathways through your yard. Perhaps you’d prefer something that provides more security like a spotlight? Whatever you’re hoping to achieve, you can do so with a solar light that provides the right level of lighting. 

Most landscaping solar lights give off a soft glow. Alone, these lights are mere accents in a beautifully landscaped yard. Used in multiples, landscape solar lighting gives off enough brightness to light walkways and dark areas around your property. 

If you’re looking for something to provide enough light to work by or to deter would-be criminals, task solar lighting is the right choice. Giving off as much light as a 40-watt incandescent bulb, these lights are the brightest solar lights available. 

If you still aren’t sure solar lighting is the way to go to light your property outdoors, remember to consider the monetary savings these lights provide. Of course, if you use solar lighting in conjunction with other energy-efficient lighting systems, you’ll reap the most financial benefits and leave the smallest environmental footprint.