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Malibu Solar Flood Light Set with Remote Panel
Our most powerful solar floodlight includes three adjustable lamps, each with three white LEDs to provide improved light output. Each lamp features a ground stake and surface-mounting bracket for a variety of installations. Each lamp is connected to a remote solar collection panel via 20 feet of weatherproof cable, which allows the fixtures to be up to 40 feet apart.
Westinghouse 15-Piece Solar Light Set
This solar light package from Westinghouse features a corrosion-resistent stainless steel finish. Each light includes two 600 mAh NiCad batteries and features two LED bulbs encased in classic-looking ribbed glass.
Malibu Solar-Powered Tiki Torch Light:
These two Malibu solar-powered Tiki Torch lights provide light to mark entrances, walkways and darkened areas at night.
They last up to 10 hours and use flickering LED bulbs that add beauty, security, and safety to your yard.
Westinghouse Fleetwood Solar Landscape Lights: 8-Pack
This low-cost Westinghouse 8 Piece Fleetwood solar light set is plastic construction with a ribbed plastic lens. The light source is 1 amber LED bulb. The set includes pole and ground stake. Batteries included.
Malibu Outdoor Metal Bollard Four-Light Solar Powered Light Kit
This modern looking Malibu outdoor metal bollard four-light solar-powered light kit provides
plenty of light to mark entrances, walkways and darkened areas at night. The remote solar panel provides more power than typical solar lights and can be conveniently placed anywhere.
Each fixture comes with two LED lights and three NiMH AA rechargeable
batteries. It is black metal construction in a bollard style with a
bright white LED bulb and 20 foot cords to each light from the solar
panel so you will have plenty of flexibility in placing them.
Outdoor Photovoltaic Solar Lighting
Most homeowners put a lot of
effort into landscaping. For many of us our yards and gardens are
a continuing source of recreation and pride. Solar energy
systems can further enhance the experience by providing lighting
and other features which highlight our landscaping efforts while
saving us money at the same time:
Advantages of Solar Outdoor Lighting
Photovoltaic outdoor lighting systems have grown rapidly in
popularity. They can be used to mark pathways, highlight gardens
and yards, and illuminate
shadows around your home to improve security. Photovoltaic outdoor
lighting provides a number of benefits compared to standard landscape lighting:
- Photovoltaic lighting systems are much faster to install then
conventional lighting because it is not necessary to run any wiring.
You just put them where you want them and away you go!
- Solar lighting systems are safer since there is no wiring to
trip over or get shocked by.
- Photovoltaic lighting provides far greater freedom as to where
you place your lighting since no electric wires need to be run from
your house to the point where you want to have the light. Have
a large yard, PV lighting is the perfect solution. Lights can
be placed anywhere you want.
- For existing gardens and landscaping PV lighting is less
environmentally disruptive. There is no need to dig up your
plants or your yard in order to run the wiring.
- Solar lighting saves money! Solar lighting will not add to
your electric bill and there is no need to pay for wiring or
- Solar lighting is more uniform. With many low voltage
lighting systems the lights will show a drop in power after the first few lights, meaning that the ones placed further away from the transformer will be dimmer than the ones closest to the house. With solar landscape lighting all of the lights will be of uniform brightness as they draw their power from the sun and not the transformer.
All of these benefits have led to a tremendous growth in the
implementation of solar lighting. Nonetheless there are a few
downsides to using solar lighting that you should be aware of. Solar
lights do require sunlight to recharge the small batteries that are in
each light. If your garden or yard has a lot of shade, or if you
live in a very cloudy part of the country the batteries may not
receive a very strong charge and may be a bit dim. You can help
circumvent this problem by avoiding putting the lights in direct shade
Most solar landscaping lights are not as bright as incandescent lights of the same size.
In the last few years almost all solar lights have gone over to using LED's
rather than incandescent bulbs which has improved brightness
considerably. The LED lights also last a lot longer on a day's
charge because they use so little electricity. The more LED's you use
the more illumination you will get. In general most solar
outdoor lights will illuminate for 8-10 hours based on the previous
day's charge. One way around the brightness issue is to use a small
solar panel in conjunction with the LED lights. Because the
solar panel can absorb much more light energy than a single standalone
solar cell on an individual light much more energy is stored and the
lights can be brighter.
Types of Outdoor Solar Lighting
There are several types of solar photovoltaic lighting packages.
Let's review these:
|We have been getting a lot of questions
lately as to the costs for a solar
PV system and how soon PV systems pay for themselves. It is not always
easy to tell given the host of federal and state regulations. To
provide some clarity on these cost issues we have updated our section on
Typical Costs to reflect the
latest prices and have added a new article on
Calculating the Payback for
a solar PV System. Take a look!
|PV Demand Growing -
Global photovoltaic demand continues to soar in 2010 and is currently projected to double over the rate of installations
year last year, according to Solarbuzz®, a solar energy market research company.
Solarbuzz has raised its 2010 market size to 15.2 GW, which compares with a revised 7.5 GW in 2009.
Powered Grill Light
One of the best uses of solar outdoor lights we have seen. See your food easily at night with this handy portable grill light. Features 4 brilliant LED bulbs which last 50,000 hours, and a built-in solar panel to charge the 3 AA Ni-Cad batteries (included.
Stainless steel housing and mounting clip, fits onto any shelf up to 1
Powered Motion-Activated Security Light
No wiring! LED Security Spotlight is solar powered. At night, a sensor detects motion within 180 degrees up to 35' away
and triggers this spotlight to light up the night. Adjustable swivel head and sensor
with a separate solar panel.
Tektrum Outdoor Solar Garden Rock Lights: 4-Pack
These small solar powered garden lights have a realistic rocky appearance
so they won't look out of place in your garden. The Rock Light Package Includes a set of 4 solar rock lights.
Each light has a small solar cell and a built in battery.
This darling solar Garden Gnome will add a playful touch of illumination
to any garden. Made of poly resin construction. Solar panels on the back side of each statue base will re-charge the batteries during the day
and then automatically turn the light on in the evening.
SohoDecor Decorative Solar Sunflower Lights
Add pizzazz to your patio decor with these Solar Sunflowers. The bright solar powered LED lights twinkle in a random pattern in the dark. Ideal for use on a walkway, garden path or as a patio table centerpiece. These energy-efficient, low-maintenance Solar Sunflower lights
come on automatically at night and they never need to be watered.