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Solar Lights: The Newest Tech That Saves You Money

Solar lights are the wave of our illuminating future. While we have used the energy of sunlight for eons, we are only recently able to efficiently harness and manage this power. Solar lights are a step in lighting our journey toward a more Earth-friendly tomorrow.

In addition to being versatile solar lighting has the Green advantage. Sunlight, our renewable and sustainable energy source, provides energy without pollution. As we continue to benefit from sunlight were able to light our great outdoors without contributing to Global Warming.

Lets get a clearer picture of how these gems of light work, in a nutshell. A small solar panel is affixed to the top of the light fixture, a much smaller version of the collectors weve all seen on rooftops. During the daylight hours the suns energy collects there and transfers to a rechargeable battery attached inside the fixture. The battery charges during daylight and after dark the energy releases to the LED (Light Emitting Diode) which gives off light until sunrise when the cycle begins all over again.

Solar lights are used in many ways today. Some use them in lovely gardens, to light up their yards, for lighting around pool areas, or even to light up a garage or sidewalk. For this reason, you can find lights that are decorative and beautiful, and others that are made to be functional. These lights can be easily attached on buildings or up in trees so that they shine down the light to provide lighting for a larger area. For lighting the ground, there are lovely lantern styles available to make it safe to walk in the dark. Even floating lights are available, adding beauty to a pond or even to your backyard pool.

Release any thoughts of a complicated installation. Digging a trench or pulling wires from your home has no part in this. Your experience of placing solar lights will be as easy as pressing beautiful candles into a holder or hanging a picture. Each solar light stands as an independent unit connecting only to its energy source, the Sun.

The LEDs that are in these solar lights last much longer than regular light bulbs. They don’t take much power either. Usually they will actually last for years and you shouldn’t have to replace them. Of course they are a little bit dimmer than other bulbs, which is why many manufacturers put in reflective surfaces, which makes them appear to be brighter.

Solar light fixtures can cost different prices. Some at boutiques may be more expensive, while better deals are often found at home improvement stores. In spite of what you may pay for these solar lights, you will find that they don’t cost anything to use them, since the sun won’t cost you anything. You probably will notice that your power bill goes down if you have replaced other lights with new solar lights.

The advantages of solar lights are many. Even short, gray, winter days hold enough sunlight to fully charge the battery. As long as the sun continues to rise and set the lights will turn on and off automatically. The LED produces no heat ensuring safety around children and pets. During a power outage you may sit outside and read a book or play cards with your neighbors. Solar lights are clearly a benefit to our planet and its the neighborly thing to do!

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