The variety of outside solar lights that you can choose from is immense. These solar landscape light fixtures come in different shapes, sizes and exterior finishes. They can be purchased as flush mounts, low profile mounts, post mounts, spike mounts, hanging mounts, recessed mounts or curb markers. These solar lights provide a choice of light colors and intensities of brightness. The solar panel that powers the light fixture can be built into the unit or reside outside the unit. Understanding the choices will help you select the appropriate solar landscape light for family safety, home security and property aesthetics.
Flush Mount Units – These units are typically used to attach to a wall or fence and can provide lighting to a walkway, deck or entrance way. It can be used to increase safety and security concerns as well as attractively highlight these areas.
Low Profile Units – These units are typically used to attach to fence posts, deck posts, backyard sheds or free standing posts. They can also be used directly on walkways, driveways, decks, stairs or patios. These outside solar lights illuminate the area and create a safe environment.
Post Mounts – These outside solar lights come attached to a post that can have varying heights. These solar lights can be used to attractively enhance a front or backyard or be used along a walkway, path or driveway to safely illuminate that area
Spike Mounts – These outside solar lights are attached to a spike to allow the light fixture to be mounted directly into the ground. They can be used as spot lights or flood lights to attractively highlight the features of the home such as the front or back of the home, a landscape, a garden, a pond, a pool or a flag pole. Also, they can be used directly in the garden or landscape to enhance the attractiveness of signature shrubs, flower beds or ornaments.
Hanging Mounts – These solar lights can be hung on wooden or metal posts to create an attractive visual in the front or back of the home.
Recessed Mounts – These solar units can be installed into a deck or wooden stairs to create a safe an attractive environment.
Curb Markers – These outside solar lights are small units that can be applied directly to a walkway, stairs, pool area or driveway. The can effectively highlight the area safely illuminating it for use.
A solar landscape light can provide the homeowner with a specific product to solve a specific requirement.
A solar shed light that comes as a package that includes mounting gear to attach to wood or metal frames, a bright light, an on/off chain and a separate solar panel.
A solar powered security light with a bright light that has a built in motion detector that triggers the light only when motion is detected.
Solar walkway lights that can provide low profile markers that can illuminate a walkway.
Solar step lights that can illuminate a stairway for safe access to and from the house.
A floating solar light that can illuminate and define the inside of a pool.
There are many specialty solar products that can chosen and the examples above are simply a small sampling.
Outside solar lights come in different shapes, sizes and exterior finishes. Often manufacturers will offer the same design and style for different types of solar fixtures. This allows the homeowner to effectively create the same look and feel for the lights being used on the property. Also, these solar fixtures offer different light colors and intensities of brightness. White light is typically used by most homeowners but there is a choice of red, green and amber. The intensity of the illumination is an option which allows you to choose bright light for a solar security light and more mellow illumination for a landscape or garden.
The solar panel is the component that absorbs and converts sunlight to usable electrical power. The solar panel can be mounted in the solar fixture or can be a separately attached external component. If the light fixture has direct access to sunlight, you can consider the light fixture that has the built in solar panel. Otherwise, you must look at purchasing a light with a separately attached solar panel.
A solar light uses a rechargeable battery to power the solar light fixture. It is important to find out what type of battery is being used and how long it can power the unit. The best solar lights use standard Nicad batteries and have a battery time of at least eight to ten hours. You want to make sure that you have a component that can be easily and cost effectively replaced while giving you the power necessary to run all night.
It is important to determine the warranty on the lights you are purchasing. Often, a cheap solar landscape light has a very limited warranty. Make sure you factor the warranty into the overall costs of the units.