Solar Landscape Lighting Can Save Installation Time

Jul 24, 2023DRIVEWAY, SIDEWALK, STEPS0 comments

Solar Landscape Lighting

Many homeowners, when landscaping their exterior living space, use lighting to mark pathways or to illuminate shadows around their home for safety. By choosing to use solar landscape lighting, they can reduce the installation time while reducing the cost, as well as the dangers, of exterior lights. Most low voltage lights still require an electric line to run from a transformer somewhere in the home to each light, taking time to dig a trench in the yard in which the line is buried. With solar landscape lighting there are no wires needed, lessening the time and work needed to install them. This ease of installation extends the appeal of solar lights as part of landscaping maintenance services offerings, as it simplifies the process while still delivering a high-quality result.

Additionally, many of the low voltage systems will show a drop in power after the first few lights, meaning that the ones placed further away from the transformer will be dimmer than the ones closest to the house. With solar landscape lighting all of the lights will be of uniform brightness as they draw their power from the sun and not the transformer.

One of the downsides to using solar landscape lighting is they need to have exposure to the sun during the day to charge their small batteries so they can light up in the evening. However, external solar cells can be used for lights installed in shaded areas with the cell placed in the sunlight and a short wire extended to the charger built into the lights. Considering this as a part of your hardscape project can enhance your garden’s aesthetic appeal while keeping it illuminated during nighttime.

Remote Areas Require No Extra Wires

Installing solar landscape lighting in remote areas of the yard only requires mounting the lights on their poles. Making sure the solar cells face to the south to take advantage of the sunlight eliminates the need to have a contractor install a cable several hundred feet into the yard. Around swimming pools, patios or just to mark a path located away from the home, solar landscape lighting can provide the desired illumination in a much shorter time. As a bonus, if you’re thinking of a patio installation, incorporating solar lighting into the design will help ensure the area is well-lit, safe, and energy-efficient.

Most of the solar landscape lighting is designed to turn on after dark and turn off at sunrise to save the battery power. The solar cells charge the batteries, which operate the lights in the evening. It is like having a flashlight set along the path with rechargeable batteries that are kept at peak charge by the power of the sun.

From a safety standpoint, solar landscape lighting has no wires running underground and can save pets and small children from a minor shock if they become too curious about what is in those pole sticking up from the yard. Additionally, the power for charging the batteries comes from the sun and not the electric company, saving money on the electric bill. So, considering solar landscape lighting as part of your landscaping maintenance services can offer both aesthetic and practical benefits.

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