If you have a patio, yard or any other area of your property that receives a lot of sunlight and needs illuminating at night you will do well to consider solar lights as a way of achieving what you need at minimal cost. It will be friendly on your pocket and friendly on the environment too!
Solar lights are devices that transfer solar energy to power that can be used for lighting a whole host of places. A brief surf of the web will throw up countless products that will light up whole yards, specific areas of gardens like ponds, steps or railings, driveways and patios.
They can be mounted pretty much anywhere these days; on walls, posts, poles, fences or on the ground. Their intended use will clearly affect their design but most include solar panels and a capacitor to collect, store and release the sun’s energy in the evening and this will be encase in a durable shell, often made of a hard-wearing material like aluminum that can keep it protected and dry in all weathers.
Let’s look at one example: solar driveway lights. This is an ideal use because driveways are usually un-shaded areas that receive a lot of sun, so solar lights will store and release enough power to keep the lights on most of the night, long after you have backed your car into the carport. That’s without costing you a cent in electricity costs. The lights for this situation do not need a lot of power, only a glow that tells you where the edge of the driveway is.
Solar LED lights seem to work best for this purpose. You will find them available in different colors to really brighten up your driveway and add a decorative as well as functional touch to your home.