Solar Residential Outdoor Lighting is Becoming the Product of Choice for Millions of Consumers

 


Article by: Kavar Peter

Residential outdoor , How to Grow Cooking Herbs lighting is a billion dollar a year industry in the United States. It is getting so popular, there is now a corporation that franchises individual businesses dealing only in exterior landscape , The Basics of Plant Growth; Part 1 Hormones lighting design, , Theme Gardens supply, and installation! Line voltage systems used to be the only option for outdoor , Dandelions, Friend or Foe? lighting but in recent years, low voltage lighting systems and solar , Garden Sheds - More Than Just Storage powered lights , Easy Concrete Pavers have made exterior decorative lighting available to every home , Flower Gardens owner -not just the rich ones.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 67% of adult Americans are homeowners (2004 statistics). Renovation, remodeling and home , Garden Tables Aren't Just Decoration improvement are massively popular activities that only reflect the priority that consumers give in making their property , A Quick Guide To Fish Pond Bridges as comfortable and pleasing as possible. Gardening , Aluminum Strap Patio Furniture for the Poolside has always been a past time homeowners enjoy in beautifying their property, , What's In Your Yard both for themselves and to raise the "curb appeal", but up until a decade ago, beautifying the nightscape was not a mainstream idea.

Hotels, resorts and similar type commercial properties , Mint: The Herb of Hospitality have always used light , The Basics of Plant Growth; Part 1 Hormones to create beautiful , Vinyl Fencing Is A Viable Alternative To Wood atmospheres on their grounds, but given the cost of an outdoor , Decorative Garden Accents lighting system, residential lighting applications were mostly limited to basic security , Your Dream Garden needs. Landscapes , Tulip Trees - The King of the Magnolias were enjoyed during daylight hours but when the sun , The Old Faithful - Case Tractors went down, the outdoor , Peonies 'Krinkled White' and 'Vivid Rose' portion of a homeowner's property , June Gardening Tips was not used.

Low Voltage outdoor , How to Grow Cooking Herbs lighting systems

Low voltage lighting systems and solar , Riding Lawnmower - Choices are Wide Open powered lights , What's In Your Yard are changing this. A low voltage lighting system plugs into a transformer and takes household , 10 Tips to Care for Your Antique Ceramics current down to 12 volts. This means real energy , A Low Maintenance Landscape Can Save You Money efficiency and eliminates the building , Enhance Your Walk-Through Garden with Wind Chimes code requirements for burying cables 18 inches for line voltage systems. The lights , Pine Furniture Care Guide can be used for any outdoor , What's In Your Yard lighting application, although they still need to be wired together. Trenching and some cable burying will also probably be required. Additionally, the capacity of the transformer must be sufficient to cover the combined power , Your Dream Garden draw (watts) of every light , A Low Maintenance Landscape Can Save You Money in the system.

The Solar landscape , Container Gardening lighting option

Solar powered lights , Container Gardening are not wired to anything and require no transformers. Installing them is as easy as sticking them in the ground, or mounting them wherever you need them. The draw back is that the photovoltaic charging panels (usually mounted on the top of the light , Mint: The Herb of Hospitality fixture) that capture the sun's energy , How To Start Your Garden From Seeds The Right Way need direct sunlight during the day to charge the batteries that provide power , An Introduction to Bonsai Maple Trees to illuminate the light , Vinyl Fencing Is A Viable Alternative To Wood at night. And in higher latitudes where the period of darkness is longer in winter , Wildflower Seeds - Ten Reasons Why You Should Plant... months, there is a good chance that the lights , A Quick Guide To Fish Pond Bridges will not get enough sun , Choosing Fish for the Garden Pond during the day to be able to illuminate for the entire period of darkness.

Even so, solar , The Old Faithful - Case Tractors powered landscaping , Dandelions, Friend or Foe? lights are becoming extremely popular although this was not always the case. Up until two or three years ago, solar lights , Tulip Trees - The King of the Magnolias were not as bright as many consumers wanted, didn't illuminate for long periods and too often, did not operate longer than a year or two before becoming defective. Today however, solar lights , Aluminum Strap Patio Furniture for the Poolside are bright enough for almost any outdoor , Spurce Up Your Garden With Decorative Birdhouses application, will illuminate for the entire night and -provided you get quality models - will last 20 years without maintenance or defect.

These dramatic increases in solar outdoor , What's In Your Yard lighting reliability are due to recent advances in two areas of technology: photovoltaic cells and the introduction of the Light , New Ideas For Your Backyard Landscaping Project Emitting Diode (LED) bulb. , Store Your Outdoor Furnishings to Make Them Last

The photovoltaic cell is the technology that "captures" the sun's energy. , Enhance Your Walk-Through Garden with Wind Chimes In the 1980's, these cells could absorb only about 5% of the sunlight they were exposed to. Today this figure is moving past 15% and as further development of the compounds used in these cells continues (they are now silicon based but other compounds are being studied) they will only get more efficient.

Perhaps even more exciting has been the introduction of the solid state LED bulb. , Growing Nostalgic "Old Roses" In Your Garden This technology involves manipulating electrons and moving them in a certain direction so that photons are produced. This creation of photons is the visible light. , Aluminum Strap Patio Furniture for the Poolside Unlike the traditional incandescent bulb, , Vinyl Fencing Is A Viable Alternative To Wood there is no excited gas, , Garden Tables Aren't Just Decoration no burning filament, and therefore next to no heat , Garden Tables Aren't Just Decoration production. Almost all of the energy , Container Gardening produced is used as light. , Store Your Outdoor Furnishings to Make Them Last The bulbs , Riding Lawnmower - Choices are Wide Open last for 10,000 hours, require no maintenance and draw on average only three to five watts.

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One of the biggest critiques of solar lights , Birdhouses in the past has been the intensity of brightness they produce. This was a fair comment, but today's solar lights , The Basics of Plant Growth; Part 1 Hormones are much brighter. Many mistake the term watt as a measure of brightness, which of course, it is not.

A watt is the measurement of the power , An Introduction to Bonsai Maple Trees required to operate something. If talking about only one type of light , The Flower Drying Game - Part 1: Air, Sand, and Sources bulb, then there is a relationship; a 40w incandescent bulb , The Many Faces of a Fence will not be as bright as a 60w bulb. , June Gardening Tips But when dealing with different technologies, this comparison is not fair. Indeed, one LED bulb , Preliminary Considerations Before Building Your Own Backyard Garden Pond drawing between three and five watts will produce the same brightness as a 40w bulb. , Waterfall Ponds And many solar lights , New Ideas For Your Backyard Landscaping Project are now manufactured with multiple LEDs, therefore producing light , Container Gardening much brighter than the glow of a traditional 40w incandescent product. , Garden Sheds - More Than Just Storage

More and more consumers are realizing that outdoor , Let Your Venus Flytrap Frost Over accent lighting really does have an enormous effect in creating a beautiful , Choosing Fish for the Garden Pond nightscape environment. , Easy Lawn Care - Use Clover - Ditch the Pesticide Some prefer a low voltage lighting system because they will illuminate for the entire period of darkness and are reliable and energy , How To Start Your Garden From Seeds The Right Way efficient. Other consumers prefer the solar outdoor , Store Your Furnishings to Make Them Last lighting solution because these lights , Garden Tables Aren't Just Decoration are now just as reliable, are far easier to install and can be moved around at whim when trying different effects. There is also a satisfaction in getting free energy , The Basics of Plant Growth; Part 1 Hormones from the sun! , Decorative Garden Accents But whatever the choice, there is no denying that residential outdoor , Growing Nostalgic "Old Roses" In Your Garden lighting systems are becoming a standard feature , New Ideas For Your Backyard Landscaping Project on millions of properties. , Theme Gardens
Kavar Peter is a successful freelance writer with a strong interest in renewable energy , Growing Nostalgic "Old Roses" In Your Garden issues. He writes regularly about solar powered products including garden lighting and pathway lighting solutions.

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