By Lucero Chavana. Outdoor Lighting. Published at Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019 - 12:15:51 PM.
Brighten up your garden, yard or driveway with ’outdoor’ solar lighting. Powered by sunlight, solar ’lights’ give warm, detailed ’accent’ lighting for your ’home’ in a way that is ’environmentally’ friendly. If you have ’interests’ in selecting solar‐powered fixtures for your ’outdoor’ lighting, you are not alone. See on for ’answers’ to your problems also tips on ’installing’ and ’maintaining’ your lights.
HOW DOES ’OUTDOOR’ SOLAR ’LIGHTING’ WORK?
Solar-powered lights each contain a solar cell, Ni-Cad rechargeable battery, LED light and photoresistor. Essentially, each light’s solar cell produces energy, which charges the battery during the day. Solar-powered lights stop producing energy at night, so the photoresistor, which detects the absence of light, activates the battery, which turns the LED light on.
WHAT ARE THE ’BENEFITS’ OF OUTDOOR ’SOLAR’ LIGHTING?
Simple installation is the best reason to choose them. They don’t require any wiring or other power sources, making it easy to place them in the ground. You’ll also be grateful when your power bill comes since these lights aren’t using electricity. Safety is another reason to choose solar lights. Since they don’t use power cords or electricity, they are safe for use near ponds or swimming pools.
HOW ’LONG’ DOES ’OUTDOOR’ SOLAR ’LIGHTING’ LAST?
The Ni-Cad rechargeable batteries will last about two years if you take care of them and periodically allow your lights to recharge. Replacement batteries can also be ordered from the manufacturer or online. The LED light bulbs will run up to 100,000 hours each and are not replaceable.
HOW DO I ’TAKE’ CARE OF MY ’OUTDOOR’ SOLAR LIGHTING?
Because solar lights are powered by direct sunlight, they need to be cleaned periodically from dust or mud, so they can easily store energy for the night. They also do not work as well during the winter or on cloudy days, so you may want to store your them indoors during rainy or snowy seasons. Switch them to the off position when they are not being used and store them in a dark place.
IS ’OUTDOOR’ SOLAR ’LIGHTING’ WEATHERPROOF?
While solar lights are designed for all temperatures, the models that include glass should not be left outdoors if you receive a lot of rain or snow. They should not be exposed to windstorms or extreme storms, either, as they can easily be damaged. You can buy hanging fixtures if you’re worried about your lights blowing away; hanging lights also work well for lining swimming pools, ponds and creeks.
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