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Solar security lights

To operate a number of all night security lighting outside the home without running up huge utility bills, many folks are installing solar-powered security lighting. The three elements that make up a solar-powered security system are the solar panel, which must be set up where it receives the most sun, the lighting units, and a cable to link up the panel to the lights. As long as the solar panel gets enough sunshine, you can locate the light anywhere outside your home if the cable is long enough to connect the solar panel to the light. Among the issues you may have about conventional security lighting systems are power blackouts and deliberate sabotage, but with solar-powered security lighting these will not be problems since the sun is up during the day, and the solar panel and the light units may be installed out of the reach of night time burglars. Provided with with motion detectors, solar powered lights will activate every time there is motion within its area, supplying light anywhere around the house to stop late night mishaps as well as burglaries. Solar security lights can be adopted to many modes, including flood lighting to cover a wider area, or a single spot light on a specific location. There are many areas of your home you will want to illuminate, such as the garage door, the driveway, the front porch, or the back patio. It can be a smooth process to set up solar lights, as well as cost efficient and environmentally safe. Go here for further suggestions to help you locate solar security lighting.

Table lamps will improve your home’s decor

In order to get the most enjoyment from your home you need to provide a suitable lighting scheme, which will be essential for creating the best environment for play (and work) while at home. There is nothing like well-placed decorative table lamps for making the intimate and comfortable atmosphere nearly all people want for their home. Where traditional lamps frequently feature metal and brass, with linen and silk for shades, the more contemporary styles will feature a more sleek look with bold colors plus shades with metallic accents. You must consider the purpose of the room you are going to decorate, and allow the practical to lead the decorative (i.e. “form follows function.”) Probably, the best tip you will get is to stick to a single lighting scheme in the same room or even throughout your house. And so, for instance, you avoid combining antique lamps in the same room with contemporary halogen lamps. Selecting the correct lampshade is just as significant as choosing the right lamp, and there is a wide range of colors, styles and sizes of lampshades from which to choose. For people who want to upgrade their decor without spending a lot of money, think about getting new lampshades to put on old lamps. When all is said and done, the main purpose of any lighting scheme will be to provide for your rooms the right amount of lighting for everything you do at home. Want additional help with your questions about decorative table lamps? Then go to Best Decorative Table Lamps.

Rope lights

A rope light is an extended, flexible PVC tube which carries numerous 1/2 watt micro bulbs placed about one inch apart, and has both outdoor and indoor uses. These tiny micro bulbs are not made to be replaced and will provide about 25,000 hours of use before you throw the whole thing out. The PVC tubing is perfectly safe and the 1/2 watt bulbs will only get slightly warm, so there isn’t any burn hazard. With the flexibility of rope lights you can illuminate many dark spaces and corners both inside the house and out. Inside your house you can set up rope lights in dark closets, on staircases and railings, around doors and windows, inside cabinets, or along mantles and shelves. If your backyard gets too dark at night you could hang rope lights to illuminate your garden, deck and patio, or the walkways around your house. While most rope lights keep a constant illumination, you can get ones that flash in different sequences, or even seem to chase after one another. Further assistance in obtaining LED rope lights is available here.

Solar Landscape Lights FAQ

Solar landscape lighting installation is surprisingly simple. In addition, outdoor solar lights are quite versatile for a variety of locations and uses. So why doesn’t your landscape light turn on? Check this solar landscape lights FAQ for answers.

Sogrand Solar Lights Outdoor Pathway Decorations
Sogrand Solar Lights Outdoor Pathway Decorations

Q: What types of solar landscape lights are best for my walkway?
A: Opt for low fixtures that are close to the ground and also focus their lighting downward. Taller solar lighting options provide illumination to a wider area but fail to cast adequate shine onto the stepping stones, paving or grass. A combination of tall and low fixtures is the perfect mix for illuminating the garden and also offering a safe path to traverse.

Q: Is installation difficult?
A: Installing solar lights is easy. Outdoor Lighting quips that it takes “about 20 seconds” to add this type of illumination to the yard. Since there is no messy or confusing wiring schematic to keep track of, it makes sense that this is one of the easiest methods of adding lamps or torches to the home’s exterior.

Q: Will my solar LED landscape lighting work in problem areas?
A: The back of the yard, the corner around the shed and that skinny side yard between the house and fence are traditionally problem areas for landscape lighting. Standalone outdoor solar lights are ideal for these locales, if they receive sufficient sun exposure during the day.

For example, one reason why nothing grows between the house and the neighbor’s fence is usually directly related to a lack of sunlight; the same holds true for the gigantic magnolia in the corner that robs all vegetation of sun. If the photocells cannot get enough sunlight to convert into energy, they will not work properly.

Q: Why does my automatic landscape light fail to turn on?
A: Did you override the operation of the outdoor solar lights by moving the switch to off? Automatic solar landscape lights are great for walkways but can be annoying outside of bedroom windows; check to may sure the fixture is set to “auto on.”

Take a look around the fixture as well; if it is situated in the path of the neighbor’s powerful outdoor lighting, there is a good chance that your lights do not recognize that is has gotten dark. Your lights may not come on until the neighbor decides to go dark.

Q: Is solar LED landscape lighting always a good idea?
A: Not necessarily. Remember that this kind of landscape light relies on sunshine to charge its batteries. In the case of a number of overcast days, its ability to shine brightly night after night is compromised. Security lights should still be wired (or plugged) into the home’s electrical system.

Creative Ways to Use Solar Lights Indoors

 

Using Solar Lights for Decorative Needs

Solar Powered String Lights
Solar Powered String Lights

Solar lights are used to illuminate outdoor pathways and highlight landscaping, but they can also be used indoors. They require rechargeable batteries, but they will help save money when only a small amount of light is required. They are also quite decorative when used in creative new ways. Try these unique and creative ways to use solar lights indoors, and do something different when decorating just about any room in the home.
Choose Eye-Catching Colored Fixtures

Before deciding that outdoor solar lights are too plain ordinary for use indoors, check out the many options. They are not all colorless and cheap in quality. For something really unique choose colored mosaic glass options. They are absolutely beautiful when illuminated indoors using creative methods.

Use Solar Lights Inside of Ordinary Glass Globes

Qedertek Solar String Lights, 20ft 30 LED Outdoor Solar Lights
Qedertek Solar String Lights, 20ft 30 LED Outdoor Solar Lights

Upward facing glass globes provide the ideal opportunity to use lights in a creative new way. Remove the light bulbs from the globes, and remove the solar lights from their posts. Place the fixtures into the globes after they have been fully charged for several hours in direct sunlight. They will beautifully illuminate the globes they rest inside of for approximately four to eight hours. When they fit properly inside the glass globes, no one will guess they are solar lights. Instead they will look like highly unique globes never found anywhere else.

Place them in Candle Scones for a Unique Lighted Display

Maggift 8 Pcs Solar Powered LED Garden Lights, Automatic Led for Patio, Yard and Garden
Maggift 8 Pcs Solar Powered LED Garden Lights, Automatic Led for Patio, Yard and Garden

Another one of the most creative ways to use solar lights indoors is with candle sconces. Remove candle sconce globes from their stand, and attach the globes of solar lights with a little poster putty or rolled masking tape. If the original glass globes used to hold candles are large enough to hold the globes and tops of the lights, simply place them inside after removing the candles. In either case the solar lights will look absolutely lovely when used indoors with otherwise ordinary candle sconces.

Create a Unique Lighted Bowl

Set of 12 Mood Light Garden Deco Balls (Light up Orbs)
Set of 12 Mood Light Garden Deco Balls (Light up Orbs)

When looking for ways to use solar lights indoors, consider making a solar bowl. Fill a large clear glass bowl with flat glass marbles. Place a charged solar light into the center of the bowl of marbles, and be sure to cover the top. Place it in between a set of pillar candles for a lovely display.

How to Choose the Best Solar Generator

Before buying solar panels, you should take into account what type of solar photovoltaic system you need, assess their downsides, benefits, and typical scenarios where certain types would be the better than others.

Efficiency

How to choose the best solar generatorThe main characteristic of the solar panel is efficiency of solar energy conversion. Monocrystalline elements have the highest efficiency index, more than 20%. Polycrystalline panels have about 18% efficiency. A significant reduction caused by impurities of carbon, oxygen and other elements. Thin-film models show an efficiency of about 13%. And there are restrictions of the panels physical dimensions.

Cost

As you might have guessed, the cost of monocrystalline cells is higher than other panels when calculated per unit of power. The high cost of single crystals is associated with the complexity of technological purification of silicon. Polycrystalline panels are 15-20% cheaper, thin-film ones – 35% cheaper.

What to choose?

Monocrystalline

Advantages:

  • High performance due to high purity silicon
  • The performance of monocrystalline solar cells is 18 – 23%
  • They are compact. High performance allows using a smaller area for the panel placement
  • Long service life. Manufacturers guarantee that their products will last at least 25 years

Disadvantages:

  • High price. These elements are significantly more expensive than other types, so building a system will require large capital investments.

Polycrystalline

Advantages

  • Acceptable cost. Easier method of manufacturing polycrystalline solar panels, makes their price much more attractive in the market

Disadvantages:

  • Productivity. The efficiency rarely exceeds 14-18% due to low purity of silicon
  • To achieve the estimated power you need have to install more batteries
  • Sensitivity to high temperatures. Impurities in the polycrystalline cells worsen a temperature threshold, when certain chemical reactions begin to occur in them. This feature affects the battery life.

String Ribbon

Panels with string ribbon solar cells are also made out of polycrystalline silicon. The name of the panel type comes from a manufacturing technology: temperature-resistant wires are pulled through molten silicon, forming very thin silicon ribbons. Such solar cells look similar to traditional polycrystalline solar ones.

Advantages

  • They use half the amount silicon as monocrystalline manufacturing. This contributes to lower costs

Disadvantages

  • The manufacturing technology is more costly
  • Efficiency is around 13-14%
  • The lowest space-efficiency of any of the main types of crystalline-based solar panels

Thin-film

Advantages:

  • Low cost of production = low cost for the end user
  • Pleasant aesthetics, formed by uniformity of silicon deposition
  • Great heat resistance. At high temperatures, the film cells retain their original performance, so they are stable and versatile, suitable for a variety of climates.

Disadvantages:

  • Require more space for installation
  • It is required to install more batteries to reach the planned power, therefore you need more coverage area
  • Additional expenses: costs associated with the purchase of supporting structures, cables and other consumables
  • Short operational period

Amorphous Silicon

The output of electrical power is too low, cells are traditionally used for small-scale pocket-type applications. “Stacking” manufacturing technique builds several layers of amorphous silicon which results in higher efficiency (6-8%).

Cadmium Telluride

It is the only thin-film technology that has better cost-efficiency than crystalline silicon in a multi-kilowatt systems. The efficiency is about 9-11%.

Copper Indium Gallium Selenide

CIGS panels have great potential in terms of efficiency. They contain less amounts of the toxic cadmium than in CdTe solar cells. The efficiency is in the range 10-12 %.

Building-Integrated Photovoltaics

Building-integrated photovoltaics combine several layers based on both crystalline-based and thin-film technology. In the future we may use roofs, windows, walls, facades, and many other things of photovoltaic material. For now, it is simply way too expensive for most homeowners.

See also our solar water heater article