I will be assuming that your solar security light installation is being compared to installing a regular hard-wired outdoor light. I recommend excercising caution when solely examining the physical price associated with these different alternatives. When we examine the physical costs, more often than not the solar security light may be more expensive.
On the other hand, when the expense of installation is discussed, then your solar security light is unquestionably the better solution. Just how much you might decrease your overall cost is naturally difficult to determine and is based a great deal on every individual case. One individual might wish to install their light at the entryway of their home while the next homeowner could have a spacious site demanding multiple lights. I don't think it's a stretch to say that the more complicated your installation, as well as the additional lights which are hooked up, the greater the savings of the solar security light over the traditional hard wired yard light.
Let's consider a number of factors why: For a start, when confronted with electricity, it is strongly advised that a licensed electrician manage installing the device. Actually, the majority of regional governments demand a permit is obtained preceding installation. We'll return to this in a moment.
The typical hourly rate to hire a certified electrical contractor ranges from $30.00 to $70.00/hour. Current investigation may well reveal it's nearer to $70.00, with many also billing for traveling expenses. It should be noted I'm not trying to imply that electrical installers are billing excessively. They're very skilled professionals which is the reason that you employ their services.
When an installation calls for a number of light fixtures around your home then it needs to be determined if you should go above or beneath the ground. In the event that you go below the surface, trenches will be required and an understanding of below ground cables and wires is essential. Permitted conduit designed for below ground is generally necessary. When the installation uses overhead electrical wires the length of span can become a safety issue and aesthetics also gets to be a factor. Clearly a skilled electrician ought to be hired to perform this work.
On the other hand, any time solar security lights are mounted, no hard wiring is required as each of the lights is a self-contained unit. This allows them to be quickly and easily fitted practically anywhere. The majority of home owners find installing a solar security light simple enough to perform themselves.
Secondly, most regional government authorities demand a building permit for any hard wiring, even for the installment of a single light at the front entrance. A permit isn't generally needed for a solar security light due to the low voltage, however, if in doubt about either one, get in touch with your local regulatory authorities. A typical price of a permit, when we make use of the County of Shasta, CA as an example, is around $24.40. This cost is normally needed to address the expense of building inspectors who make sure that electrical and safety standards are achieved. The very last thing you need is for your household insurance to be voided because you failed to purchase an inexpensive permit.
To summarize, costs will add up rather quickly when you are installing hard wired electrical lights. The installation of a solar security light could turn out to be not simply less expensive, but also more convenient, while offering more solutions for the home owner.
Police departments across the country all agree that one of the most important investments you can make in the security, and safety, of your home is the addition of motion lights. "The bad guys don't like light"! That makes easily installed, affordable solar security lights, an excellent choice!
Solar motion lights work by collecting Free solar power from the sun during the day through the science of photovoltaic solar cells located on each light. This solar energy is converted into electricity and used to recharge a battery that powers the light.
These lights are equipped with a motion sensor that activates the light. In some cases the field of the motion sensor can even be adjusted (be sure to check the manufacturers specifications if this is important to you). Also, the duration that the light is on can often be adjusted, usually anywhere from half a minute up to 3 minutes (again check with the manufacturer). The trigger for the motion lamp is a passive infrared motion detector that is safe for use around people and animals, and does not require additional high tech equipment.
Solar motion lights use strong, long lasting LED's that provide excellent illumination and last for years. Many of these solar lights have a dual lighting mode, if you want to conserve your battery life. This is handy for areas that don't require as much light, or are in an area where there is a lot of motion and the light is on and off several times throughout the night.
Not only will a well lighted yard give you peace-of-mind it has the added benefit of providing safety for you when you're moving about in your yard after dark. You don't have to worry about tripping over a toy or item the kids forgot to put away after they finished playing. Or maybe you forgot to take out the trash when it was daylight and now you have to fumble around doing that in the dark. Not fun!
This futuristic technology brings solar security lighting to the present and at a price that everyone can afford. There is no reason that any of the dark corners of your property need to remain dark. And installation is easy, often only requiring a couple of screws to secure it to the side of the house, garage, shed, post, fence, wall......really just about anywhere.
Over the last several years, the quality and selection of outdoor solar lighting devices, has become much more economical and readily available; even for a modest home.
The common misconception that solar energy devices require large, bulky panels is a thing of the past and home owners are realizing that they can beautify their homes with a large variety of solar lights.
Solar lighting has rapidly become the choice for garden landscaping, lighting sidewalks, pathways and flower beds.
Solar pathway lights are typically constructed of rigid weatherproof plastic and mounted on a stake that makes installation very easy. No wires and digging here!
Each individual device is comprised of a photovoltaic solar cell window that gathers the sun's free energy. This energy is converted into electricity and stored in rechargeable batteries for use during night time lighting.
The lighting mechanism uses LED technology and a sensor to turn the lights on and off, when changing from light to dark. So you don't have to do anything once you have your lights where you want them. Lights will typically illuminate for about 8 hours, so depending on the time of year they may go off before daybreak, but that is usually lots for most homes.
It's worthy of note to mention security lights are different than pathway lights. They usually have a motion sensor and timer (the light turns off after a few minutes) to turn the light on and off. So there is normally plenty of battery charge for the security lights to provide light when needed throughout the entire night.
Maintaining your solar pathway light is very simple. You really don't have to do anything. Just make sure the mounting stake is firmly in the ground to give your light proper support. And give the charging window the occasional clean so the sunlight is not impeded from reaching the photo cells.
Using the sun to power your outdoor lighting is a great way to enhance the outdoor beauty of your home and save money doing so. Keep them clean and your lights should last for years.
Probably the number one reason to consider outdoor solar lights for your yard, or garden, is the easy of installation. They are often ready to go right out of the package, or only require a minimal amount of effort to install.
Because they are powered by the use of photovoltaic cells and rechargeable batteries there is no need for them to be connected by "hard wires", like their hard wired cousins. Simply stated, having to dig up your yard to hide wires is a "pain"! It takes time and limits your options.
Solar lights are unique self contained units so it's easy to experiment and see where your light(s) "fits" best in your garden. If you don't like it in one spot, you can easily move it to another location. Of course this works best with the lights that don't require mounting on a wall or building (even these lights often only require 1 or 2 screws).
Oh, and did I mention that they are easy to install? I think I did.
Of course solar power is green energy and FREE! You can't beat that! The sun provides the energy, in concert with photovoltaic cells to provide electricity directly to your light. If you are interested we have provided articles, and a video, on this website for those of you keen to better understand how this amazing technology works.
Solar power has long since ceased being the fantasy of science fiction and has become a viable consideration for many homes and businesses alike. Certainly, quality outdoor solar lighting choices have arrived. Because they are so easy to install and affordable, home owners are lighting up their homes like never before. And design choices are growing daily.
Of course solar lighting provides security** (there's no reason that any dark corner of your yard isn't illuminated), but now there are so many very cool options to beautify your garden and make it another "room" for your home.
**Community police forces will all agree that the Number One thing that you can do to make your home safe is provide lots of light in your yard. Bad guys don't like light!
Only a few years ago, the title to this article would have been difficult to believe, or even understand, and perhaps a little too science fiction. Yet, like so many developments in our ever changing technical world the power of modern science has made this possible.
Photovoltaic technology, which began back in 1954, has become "mainstream" and readily available to home owners, at an affordable price. We now have at our disposal, a vast array of quality outdoor solar lighting devices, perfect for adding beauty and function to the outdoor areas of our homes.
And this lights are so easy to install! There is no need to dig up your yard to cover the wires required for conventional lighting (which is likely the reason outdoor lighting was not installed in most homes in the past). Now solar lighting makes it so easy. If you don't like your first placement of your light, just move it.
You will see in other articles on our site, that we discuss several ways to utilize solar lighting around your home, but here we would like to specifically profile: Solar String Lights and Solar Fairy Lights for Mason Jars.
These lights are very cool and provide so many opportunities to create ambiance in your garden. One of the best things about summer is the time we get to spend outside in our yard, especially in the evening. With lighting, our outdoor space becomes an extension of our home and effectively acts as another room. Whether it's for entertaining friends and family, or just to enjoy yourself in the beauty of your own garden.
There's so many ways to have fun and use the lighting choices that we now have at our disposal. Recently we utilized light strings when my daughter was married. She wanted to have everything outside and light strings were a prefect way to give that special touch to the event.
Their theme was a rustic one, and they had mason jars with candles as part of their table centers. Too bad we didn't know about the solar fairy lights that can be screwed onto mason jars. They would have been ideal. I guess we'll have to use them for the next wedding.
Solar cells, also called photovoltaic (PV) cells, convert sunlight into electricity. This process was first discovered in 1954, when scientists at Bell Telephone discovered that silicon** created an electric charge when exposed to sunlight.
Traditional solar cells are made from silicon, are usually flat-plate, and generally are the most efficient. Second-generation solar cells are called thin-film solar cells because they are made from amorphous silicon or nonsilicon materials such as cadmium telluride. Thin film solar cells use layers of semiconductor materials only a few micrometers thick. Because of their flexibility, thin film solar cells can double as rooftop shingles and tiles, building facades, or the glazing for skylights.
Third-generation solar cells are being made from a variety of new materials besides silicon, including solar inks using conventional printing press technologies, solar dyes, and conductive plastics. Some new solar cells use plastic lenses or mirrors to concentrate sunlight onto a very small piece of high efficiency PV material. The PV material is more expensive, but because so little is needed, these systems are becoming cost effective for use by utilities and industry. However, because the lenses must be pointed at the sun, the use of concentrating collectors is limited to the sunniest parts of the country.
Amazingly this very technology is now readily available to the average homeowner, in the form of solar panels, or outdoor solar lighting products.
**Next to Oxygen (46.1%), Silicon (28.2%) is the most abundant material in the earth's crust. The next closest is Aluminium (8.23%).
Solar is the Latin word for sun - a powerful source of energy that can be used to power our homes and our general environment. More energy from the sun falls on the earth in one hour than is used by everyone in the world in a year. The most commonly used solar technologies used today are: solar water heating, passive solar design for space heating and cooling, and solar photovoltaics for electricity (the products featured on this website utilize photovoltaics as their energy/electricity source).
The solar industry is changing rapidly as it experiences unprecedented growth and is used as an alternative, in part, to nonrenewable energy sources such as fossil fuels. Here are 6 facts that may surprise you about this increasingly popular source of energy, according to the Department of Energy.
** How many homes 1 megawatt (MW) of solar generated power can supply is somewhat controversial and would seem to vary. The best estimate that I could find was 650 homes/1 MW. That would translate to 650 homes/1 MW X 392 megawatts = 254,800 homes could be potentially supplied by this California plant; which in my mind is quite impressive.
Solar House Numbers are first and foremost about safety. Essential emergency services - ambulance, fire department, police - have to be able to see your house numbers at night to quickly and correctly identify your address. They all agree that addresses can be difficult to see when responding to a night call.
Responding quickly is critical when seconds can mean the difference between life and death. If you have a medical condition, or you know someone who does, you understand exactly what that means.
Picture the last time you were looking for an address at night, traveling along a dark street trying your best to see the house numbers. It's stressful and time consuming.
That's how the poor pizza delivery person and taxi driver feels too, not to mention new friends that have never been to your home before. Lighted house numbers put an end to that frustration.
Solar House Numbers are quick and easy to install and can be installed just about anywhere. Because they are portable, and don't require a "hard wire connection", you don't have to dig up the lawn or flower beds to bury the electrical lines, and you don't have to add extra lengths of wire to make connections.
There is almost no limit to where they can be installed: at the front of your property, on a fence or gate, at the entrance of a lane, or on the front of the house or garage. Some stake mounted models are even available. And in the event of a power outage they still provide light.
Perhaps the best feature of solar house numbers is that they are powered by FREE, clean green energy from the sun. They turn themselves on and off automatically using a sensor and provide an attractive economical solution to visible house numbers both day and night.
Everyone's personal home safety plan should include highly visible address numbers, both during the day and at night.
When was the last time you saw an ambulance lost on the way to an emergency? Maybe never. Well I've seen it and just the other day I saw it again.
While I would like to say this is a rare occurrence, it really isn't. The neighbourhood I Iive in happens to have a higher than normal density of elderly people, who naturally have a higher degree of health concerns, and a higher need for emergency services personnel. Therefore, I often see ambulances in our area.
Unfortunately, I have personally witnessed ambulances racing into our neighbourhood, with lights flashing and sirens wailing, only to see them minutes later crawling silently back up the street obviously looking at house numbers for an address. Meanwhile, someone could be dying waiting for that very ambulance to get to them. Time is at a premium (that is why it is called emergency response), and often even seconds count.
It would seem obvious that this scenario should never happen. It is not just the elderly that are affected. Everyone is.
I remember when my wife slipped walking down the stairs and had to be transported by ambulance to the hospital to be checked out. Thankfully it wasn't life threatening.
I also remember the day my son was climbing a tree in our yard and slipped. A sharp broken branch ran clear through his knee. Again, it wasn't life threatening (my son may have disagreed), but it demonstrates that accidents do happen around the home and you want your address to be clearly visible, day or night, if an emergency response team needs to be dispatched.
So why would highly trained emergency response personnel have a difficult time finding our homes? Often the answer is as simple as not being able to see our house numbers, either because they are too small, or it's dark.
It's easy enough to check this yourself by simply walking along your property frontage. Can you clearly see your address numbers? Would you be able to see them if it were dark? Remember, an emergency vehicle will be moving faster than your walking speed so the numbers should be identifiable quickly.
If your home doesn't pass this simple test then I would recommend solar house numbers as a solution. They turn on automatically when it's dark and they are constantly illuminated throughout the night, even in the event of a power failure. Just make sure you purchase address numbers that are large enough to be seen clearly from the road. Remember, you want your address to be seen during the day too.