Add Solar Lights To Your Landscape

Posted on 22 December 2010

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Solar lights are a great way to perk up any landscaping project.  At one time, adding light features was a difficult and expensive proposition.  The lights would need to be wired, cables buried, and the electricity would be provided by the house.  With the advent of solar lights, this is no longer the case.  They can be installed easily and quickly, and in most cases are quite affordable.

Solar lights are small fixtures that feature an LED lamp, a solar panel, and a rechargeable battery.  The solar panel is usually affixed to the top of the lamp.  During the day, sunlight strikes the panel and creates an electrical charge.  This charge powers the battery.  At night, the battery runs the LED lights.  These lights have very low power consumption such that the battery is more than enough to keep the lamps going all night light.  In most cases, the light will automatically detect when it is dusk.  When there is no more light hitting the solar panel, the lamp knows that it is nighttime and turns on the LED.

While they do not provide as much illumination as a wired lighting system, they make wonderful accents.  They are frequently used to illuminate footpaths or other landscape features.  The addition of garden lighting can allow guests to enjoy the fruit of your labors even after the sun goes down.  This is especially true of night-blooming flowers such as Moonflowers and Angel’s Trumpet.  The garden lighting will highlight plants that most people do not get a good look at in the daytime.

Solar lighting comes in a variety of styles and designs.  By selecting lights that match a theme, provide a certain color, or have a specific shape, they add to the tools available to decorate one’s living space.  By adding solar lights, the homeowner effectively doubles his landscaping potential.  Not only is the yard a subject of interest and pleasure during the day, interest in it extends into the nighttime as well.

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