Solar Lighting

Solar lights are a wonderfully beneficial way to lower energy bills and can meet indoor or outdoor lighting needs. The environmentally conscious will appreciate knowing that by choosing to replace traditional lighting with solar lighting, they are helping to reduce the amount of harmful pollutants being released in the atmosphere.

Solar lights are designed to capture and transform rays of sunlight into energy which is then held in storage units, such as rechargeable batteries. The batteries release the electricity to light the bulbs housed within the unit. The end result is that large amounts of light energy are received free of charge.

The designs of solar lighting have changed over the years to reflect technological advancements in the production of energy efficient components. For example, LED or Light Emitting Diode bulbs are more commonly used than incandescent bulbs. LED bulbs consume less energy than their predecessors yet can provide bright light for as long as a decade in some cases before needing to be replaced.

There are numerous ways solar lights can be used to effectively replace their circuit-dependent counterparts. While it is common to see solar lights being used to light up walkways and steps, it is also possible to enhance the ambience of outdoor living areas. Solar lights are also used to illuminate signs, large parking lots and even airport runways.

Those strange-looking objects once found in hardware stores far and wide have been replaced by unique and even fun designs that can fit with virtually any decorating theme. There are a wide variety of beautifully colored solar lights depicting birds, flowers, and small animals being sold in garden stores and over the internet. The purchase costs are relatively low when one considers that the illumination each light gives off will be free after it is installed.

As the days of summer come to a close and the fall harvest season begins, solar lights easily make the transition. The holiday season is just around the corner and offers many opportunities to use solar lighting to great advantage. Color-changing LED light covered trees and string lights can reduce the post-holiday energy bill woes that often puts a damper on the Christmas spirit.

Outdoor living may have to move indoors due to cooler temperatures but that doesn’t mean the benefits of solar lighting have to end. There are many indoor solar light styles available to bring a little or even a lot of sunshine into rooms that previously received little or no natural light. Indoor solar lights do not use energy storage units like their outdoor counterparts. They use a lens to capture the sunlight, tubes coated with reflective material and dimmers to control the amount of light received indoors. Whether used indoors or out, solar lights are cost-effective and good for the environment.