Good use of LED solar lights can provide an economical way to add attractive outdoor lighting to your yard. Solar LED lights are easy to install, relatively inexpensive to purchase, cost almost nothing to operate and they are environmentally friendly. Because they have been gaining in popularity there are also a variety of styles of available as well.
LED Solar Lights
Most outdoor solar lights on the market use LEDs so most solar lights are actually solar LED lights. The main reason LEDs are used in solar powered light fixtures is because they are energy-efficient and they require less power to operate.
They also don’t produce the heat many other bulbs do — which is part of why LEDs are more efficient — so exterior LED lighting is safer for a variety of uses outside from stair lighting to garden lighting.
LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. Unlike a traditional incandescent bulb an LED is more efficient, more durable and it lasts much longer. There are varying reports, but an LED solar light should last up to 50,000 hours, maybe longer, equating to several years of regular usage.
Solar Step Lights
Solar LED step lights can be used to illuminate any outdoor stairs. LED stair lights are most commonly used to illuminate deck stairs or stairs leading to an entryway, but solar stair lights can also be used for steps leading to a raised patio or raised area of the yard. They offer increased visibility making the stairs easier and safer to use at night. Solar powered LED step lights can also be integrated into an overall outdoor lighting scheme to create an attractive atmosphere in your yard at night.
Solar Accent Lights
Solar LED accent lights are used to highlight specific areas of your yard. They can be used to accentuate specific landscaped areas, allowing you to enjoy the look of your flowers and plants at night as well. LED accent lights can be used to highlight an outdoor waterfall, a statue or anything else distinct in your yard you want to accentuate at night. These types of solar yard lights are primarily used for appearance.
Solar Garden Lights
Solar LED garden lights provide an attractive way to highlight your garden or other landscaped areas of the yard. The fun thing about solar garden lights is that you can find them in different shapes and themes like flowers, butterflies, rocks or turtles for example. Using butterfly garden lights in a flower garden can create a beautiful, eye-catching look at night.
Solar Walkway Lights
Solar walkway lights can provide attractive definition to your paths or walkways at night. They provide greater visibility and increased safety at night, but they can also enhance the look of your yard after the sun has set. They can be blended well with other landscape lighting in the yard, or they can be used as garden, patio or landscape lights. Or you can use solar LED rope lights along pathways to create a well-defined walkway.
Solar Wall Lights
Solar LED wall lights are most often used to illuminate the front entryway, the deck or the patio. They help increase visibility at these points for people passing in and out of the house, but they can also function as security lights illuminating the main entry points to the home and deterring burglars.
What To Consider
Solar powered lights can be a great choice for many uses in your yard, but like anything else, they’re not perfect. Because they are powered by sunlight the solar panel needs to have access to enough sunlight during the day to recharge the solar battery that powers the bulbs. If you want to illuminate a really shady area of your home, solar lights probably aren’t the best choice here. Even if they have access to a little sunlight, if the battery doesn’t charge enough they may not stay on through the entire night.
Whether you want outdoor solar lights for functionality or looks LED solar lights are a great choice if you have access to a couple hours of sunlight during the day._____________________________________