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Solar LED lighting fixtures are increasingly becoming more popular as a mainstay in
homeowner's landscape lighting designs. Today's outdoor solar lights are environmentally
friendly, come in a wide range of attractive styles, and are constructed of high-quality
materials capable of withstanding all of nature's forces.

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  1. 1. How to Get the Most Out of Solar LED Garden LightsSolar LED lighting fixtures are increasingly becoming more popular as a mainstay inhomeowners landscape lighting designs. Todays outdoor solar lights are environmentallyfriendly, come in a wide range of attractive styles, and are constructed of high-qualitymaterials capable of withstanding all of natures forces.Its easy to think of the obvious uses for solar LED garden lights. They are most commonlyused as accent lighting for pathways and driveways, where the main goal is either security orsafety. Yet solar LED lighting can successfully be employed for many other purposes as well.All exterior solar lights are popular for the following reasons:(1) theyre reliable,(2) safe,(3) easy to install,(4) versatile,(5) and a great source of renewable energy.The utilization of free solar power to recharge LED light bulbs and batteries, which only needa fraction of the amount of electricity to deliver just as much light as traditional lights bulbsgives solar landscape lights an overwhelming advantage over traditional bulbs in terms ofboth energy savings and a clean environment.How To Install Outdoor LED Solar LightsIf you want to get the most out of your garden lighting system, its important to consider a fewmajor factors before taking the plunge and purchasing and installing solar LED garden lightsThe most important factor by far is sunlight.Rechargeable batteries are what power your solar garden lights. How long the bulbs remainswitched on at night is roughly equivalent to the amount of sunlight the solar charging panelhas been exposed to during daylight hours.As you can imagine, people who live in northern latitudes during winter months are going tohave a problem getting enough sunlight to sufficiently recharge their solar garden lights. Thisproblem can be resolved by doing one of two things:(1) Turn the lights off for one or two nights. Doing this will enable your solar panel to fullyrecharge the batteries.(2) Remove the batteries and recharge them using a traditional battery recharger.An initial primary objective when installing solar garden lights is to situate the solar panels(also known as the Photovoltaic (PV) cells) in an area that receives an abundance of naturaldaylight. Ideally, you want them to absorb as much sunlight as possible to ensure optimalperformance. But the solar panels are able to obtain a reasonable charge even amidovercast days.
  2. 2. Buildings, trees and other obstructions are naturally going to limit the daylight rechargingcycle. Consequently, this is going to limit both the duration and brightness of the exteriorsolar lights once evening arrives.Another point to consider is whether your solar LED garden lights have a central solar panelor an integral solar panel. Whichever type of panel you have, the solar panel incorporates aslight tilt that enables it to face the most amount of sunlight during the day.Solar lighting that connects to a central solar panel has two distinct advantages:(1) Since only one solar panel needs sunlight, the lights can be situated without regard to theamount of sunlight they will receive during the day.(2) All of the solar garden lights can be controlled from one central location.But, to accomplish this, youll need to connect each of the lights to the shared solar panelthrough the use of wires.Exterior solar lights that utilize an integral solar panel do not require wires and are thereforemuch easier to install. All you need to do is locate each light where you want it to be placed.But, since there is no central solar panel, each light needs to be exposed to as much daylightas possible.The Best Batteries for Solar Landscape LightsOnce you have factored in the amount of sunlight you can provide for your solar panel, youcan then move on to choosing the best battery for solar LED garden lights.Before you make a purchase of solar powered landscape lights, be certain to check the typeof battery that is supplied. If the supplied batteries are of low quality, you may want toconsider purchasing higher-quality batteries. Not only will these batteries last longer, buttheyll also improve duration and light levels.Lead acid batteries have an extremely limited life span and are not very good at holding acharge. Nickel Cadmium (NiCd) batteries perform better, but have the distinct disadvantageof being a fairly toxic heavy metal. This will cause troubles when it comes time to dispose ofthem because a number of US states and European countries mandate these batteries to bedisposed at waste recycling plants.Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) batteries are the best option today because they charge easilyand have a terrific life span. Some manufacturers of these batteries claim up 3,000 rechargelife cycles, with the range being between 1,000 and 3,000. This means that, if you run acomplete recharge/discharge cycle every single day, you can expect your batteries to last 3 to8 years. On top of this, you can expect your solar garden lights to last longer and lookbrighter.Even as this is the case, Lithium Ion (Li-ion) batteries are steadily advancing on and takingover from where NiMH batteries left off.
  3. 3. Just be sure to responsibly dispose your rechargeable batteries. A recycling bin is typicallyprovided by stores that sell such batteries.Just as with most things in life, if you decide to skimp on quality, itll end up costing you in thelong run. If you do your homework and insist on only the highest-quality solar garden lightingand batteries, youll experience first hand just how effective and enjoyable modern solar LEDgarden lights can actually be.How to Mix Solar LED Garden Lights with Low Voltage LED LightsMany people believe its not wise or even possible to combine solar-powered LED lights withlow voltage LED garden lights. But nothing could be further than the truth. Combining thetwo very often produces superior results. All you need is a good understanding of whatdifferentiates solar powered lighting from main powered lighting: namely the nature of thepower source.The two main constraints of battery power are:(1) how much electricity it is able to deliver while discharging, and(2) how long it can provide a charge.One affects the other, so a battery will discharge more slowly with a lower load (dimmer light),and more quickly with a higher load (bright light).Rechargeable batteries found in outdoor solar LED lights can discharge fully over a period oftime of up to 12 hours (although between 8 and 10 hours is more common). And this affectshow much power they can deliver to light up a bulb or LED light.This is not a lot of power, and is the reason why the light source contained in many solargarden lighting systems is well below 1 watt. It also explains why solar LED garden lights areso prevalent these days: for the same amount of electricity, they are able to both last longerand deliver much more light.To put it in simpler terms, solar outside lights provide a softer, more ambient light. While thisisnt always the case, it is the case for the vast majority of solar garden lights purchased ingarden stores and DIY stores. For many spaces, this type of ambient light is perfectly suitedfor the environment it is intended for.This goes against many peoples objections that solar garden lights simply are not brightenough to illuminate their pathways or driveways. In thinking this way, they completelyoverlook one of the main advantages of solar LED lanterns - a soft, low-level ambient light.A well-designed garden and patio lighting design incorporates varying illumination levels,colors and beam angles to create a captivating look and feel that is completely different fromwhat the garden looks like during daylight hours.This is the whole idea behind the proper implementation of outdoor LED lighting. You havethe opportunity to give your garden its own distinct character when dusk arrives. You are only
  4. 4. limited by your imagination as to the kind of environment you choose to create. Being able tomix solar landscape lighting with low voltage LED lights gives you the opportunity create astunning and captivating display.

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