Outdoor lighting is essential to a landscape’s safety and aesthetics. Lighting can accentuate outdoor features, illuminate your space, and act as a guide for pedestrians. Solar-powered landscape lights are becoming increasingly popular with those who wish to take advantage of natural resources. Not only are these environmentally friendly but since they use renewable energy, they can reduce energy costs.
What is Solar-Powered Lighting?
Solar-powered lights collect solar energy from the sun and transform it into light. This is called the photovoltaic effect. The photovoltaic effect happens when the sun hits the photovoltaic cell inside the solar panel.
When the sun goes down, the energy collected from the sun is stored in a rechargeable gel cell battery. When the sun is completely set, the light grabs the energy stored in the gel cell and uses it to create light.
Benefits of Solar Lighting
Solar-powered lights are great for walkways, patios, driveways, and even gardens. Here are the benefits of adding solar-powered lights to your next project:
- Solar-powered lights are easy to install because they require no power.
- Since these lights require no power, you can place them virtually anywhere in your yard that receives sunlight.
- Solar lights are reliable because they are constantly recharging themselves with the sun’s solar energy.
- During the summer months, since the lights will receive more energy, they will shine on longer throughout the night.
- Solar-powered lights have no effect on your electricity bill.
- Solar-powered lights have no wires, this makes them the perfect DIY project.
- These lights are Eco friendly and will reduce your home’s carbon footprint.
- The lights require very little maintenance.
Solar-Powered Landscape Fixtures
Two manufacturers that provide solar landscape lighting are Landscape Forms and Selux. These two manufacturers offer different styles of solar-powered lighting, so you’re sure to find the perfect fixture for your next project.
The Annapolis Bollard from Landscape Forms stands as a defining element to mark pathways, direct pedestrian flow, and create safety barriers between pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The fixture is available in three configurations including the standard bollard, security bollard, and smart bollard, which share basic design and construction characteristics. The Annapolis smart bollard is the industry’s first bollard with integrated solar-powered lighting based on advanced lighting-emitting diode (LED) technology.
The Inula Bollard and Column from Selux are sophisticated and environmentally friendly pathway and area luminaires with no up light. In combination with the First Light Technologies solar package, the Inula Solar bollard is the premier choice for off-grid applications.
The Olivio fixture from Selux is an impressive, highly efficient lighting concept for urban living environments. The versatility of this product family enables individual design solutions to create functional and atmospheric lighting. Olivio is available as a solar solution, further expanding its usage to remote locations.
Nevada Sales Agency
At Nevada Sales Agency, we work with multiple manufacturers to find the best lighting solutions for your project. Interested in making one of these solar landscape fixtures part of your next project? Contact us at Nevada Sales Agency.