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Different Kinds of Solar Yard Lights and How Easy are they to Install

Solar yard lights are a very popular method of adding some light to your lawn and garden in order to show off your home, flowers and other landscaping items.

They are also used to line pathways, and around swimming pools and hot tubs in order to make these items easier to access and enjoy at night.

People enjoy using these yard lights because they are less expensive than regular electric lights, and do just as good, if not a better job.

If you've ever heard the saying “Set 'em and forget 'em”, you have pretty much described this type of outdoor light. They do require some maintenance, but so do electric lights – and they cost money to run besides.

Battery powered outdoor lights are available, but you have to keep replacing the batteries, which can be inconvenient. When given a choice of using either electric, battery operated, or solar lighting over a period of time, most people much prefer the option of the solar type.

There are many different styles of yard lights powered by the sun's rays. They include:

  • Flood lights

  • Hanging lamps

  • Motion detection lights

  • Security lights

  • Garden lights

  • Spot lights

  • Post lights

  • Pillar lights

  • Column lights

  • House and address number lights

  • Deck and dock lights

  • Floating lights for swimming pools

As you can see, there is a type of outdoor light for almost every use! You can even find decorative solar lights in the shape of different animals, fanciful figures, flowers, and rocks. These can look cute around your hot tub or pool, where they are sure to be noticed and admired.

Anywhere you are using electrical lights in your yard and garden, there is probably a sunshine-fueled yard light to take its place and save you money throughout the year. If you have never seen some of these styles in your local stores, you can order them online.

Even though solar lights are considered to be an ecologically friendly choice, you do not have to be “green” in order to take advantage of the convenience and security of this type of yard light. Since there is no electricity used with these yard lights, naturally there are no cords to worry about, nor any chance of getting shocked or electrocuted if they are used around water.

Everything is self contained in these lights, so it is a true stand alone system. If a power outage takes out the electricity in an area, those who have only regular lights are out of luck as far as being able to see outside. But, those with solar lights have their lighting system just like always.

And, you don't have to worry about changing the light bulbs in these yard lights for a very long time, especially if they are using the new LED technology. This is surely something to think about if you live in an area that has frequent power outages. It is a lot safer to deal with solar lights than electric lights, unless you are a electrician. Sunshine-powered lights are becoming more and more common, even being including in the new home landscaping of many recently finished subdivisions.

In good sun light conditions during the day, you'll find that these lights will work uninterrupted for twelve hours at a time, which is just about enough to last the entire time it is dark outside. The lights will still have power on cloudy or grey days but the will not last as long.

Don't let anyone try to tell you that solar lights are dimmer than electrical lights. Those who say that must have only seen one small light meant to light a very small area. Once you see a solar powered spotlight or floodlight, you will be convinced of their brightness!

There is also a rumor going around that these outdoor lights are somehow complicated to use. Nothing could be further from the truth! They are so much easier to install than electrical lights for outdoor use. In fact, a child probably could install them! Nothing complicated about that, is there?

Also, when you think about the fact that there is no cost to use these lights other than the one time amount you pay for the initial purchase, you just may come to the conclusion that considering solar yard lights is a pretty smart idea.

For more tips on providing outdoor light for your yard, garden and house, please read these articles:

Common solar light FAQs

What is inside solar outdoor lights


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