Did you know your electricity lighting burns up to 25% of the average home energy budget? With that in mind, perhaps it’s time to consider a few cheaper and more eco-friendly alternatives!
With that in mind, perhaps it’s time to consider a few cheaper and more eco-friendly alternatives!
With its ability to harness the power of the sun to fuel our electrical needs and bypass traditional, less environmentally-friendly methods of lighting, solar lighting offers a lot of potential. There is, however, some question as to the effectiveness of solar lights. Do they have what it takes to outperform more traditional wired methods of LED lighting?
The short answer is: no. Or at least, not yet.
But that doesn’t mean that there’s no place for solar lighting. Solar technologies grow by leaps and bounds each year, meaning that there are many opportunities to utilise new types of solar lighting for your lighting needs around the home.
One area where solar lighting makes a tonne of sense is in your landscaping. Outdoor lighting is a nice addition to your property as it makes outdoor activity possible at night and adds security and ambiance to your garden. Solar lighting in the garden or along the walkway is an obvious choice since these areas receive sunlight all day long.
Consumer tests performed on outdoor landscape lights have specifically addressed the overall effectiveness of solar lighting, compared with traditional lighting by carefully evaluating two categories:
• Light output: Analysis of the lumens produced by individual units, including garden lights, bollards, and stick lights at the distance range of up to 1.5 metres from the light source
• Electrical safety – evaluation of the construction of wiring and housing, including the quality and cover of live wires within a unit
And while light output is found to be generally lacking when compared with electrical units, the convenience of installing solar lights does seem to be a significant plus on the side of solar lighting. Outdoor areas, especially, can be difficult to run lines to for various lighting needs. The ability to mount a solar light or drive in a stake for a garden light opens up a lot of opportunities for adding lighting throughout the yard, without considering how far any one point is from the main home and its electricity.
Solar garden lights and 12V garden lights appear to be least different than their traditional counterparts. While they offer a little less light output on the whole, their ease of use and placement is unparalleled. Additionally, garden lights don’t tend to require high output because of their function.
Security lights powered by sensors tend to perform less well than their wired counterparts, however, if you’re lighting a small area, a solar light may offer the quality and endurance you need to provide security for your premises.
As a whole, solar lighting does have a way to go before it overtakes the performance of wired components. There are notable breakthroughs in the field, and you can expect to see more improvements in the solar powered light category.