Solar Garden Lights Benefit Your Garden and Our Green Earth
So, when it comes to solar garden lights, there are many benefits and a few cons as well. We will cover those in this article so you can decide if these types of lights are right for your garden. To begin with, there are a variety of reasons why people choose solar. One reason is for the sustainability of the lighting source. We will probably be outlived by the sun, just a guess. For this reason, we can be assured that our solar lights will never need to find an alternative form of power.
In relation to this, because your lights will be powered by the sun, they will not be causing an increase in your utilities. This is a benefit in two ways. Not only does it decrease the cost to you but it also decreases the footprint on Mother Earth. With less utility usage, you are doing your part to be a ‘green neighbor’. This might even make your neighbors green for other reasons when they see how nice your garden is illuminated.
This happens to bring up one possible downside to solar lighting.
In the event that you have a rainy day, overcast or snow covering your solar cells, the lights will not work. Since unlike your home solar power unit which has backup power from being connected to the grid or alternative generator power, your garden lighting is not that sophisticated. If the weather is bad, your lighting will not be there. Just a small downside as it does not take much sun to power these lights.
A second reason in the ‘pro’ side of this debate is that they are much easier to install than traditional low voltage lighting systems. With the majority of these solar garden lighting styles, it is as simple as sticking them in the ground as far as installation goes.
It doesn’t get much easier than that. Traditional lighting requires digging trenching and laying wires. Then, you have to figure out how to connect them to a power source. Oh, you’ll also have to put in a timer if you want them to automatically come on. Solar lights do this per the cycle of nature’s own clock of dusk and dawn.
However, here is another dilemma with solar garden lighting. The solar lights are less intense in the light they give off. Meaning, they are not as bright in some instances as a low-voltage system. The warm, muted hue that solar lights give off is perfectly acceptable for most homeowners in their given applications. Some people, however, would like to create a more bright path or brighter accents. Even if you chose to use a combination of traditional and solar garden lighting you would still be doing your utility bill and Earth a good deed.
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