The solar lighting systems market is currently worth USD $1.5 billion, and it’s on the rise. There are many different types of solar lights, from portable systems to landscape lighting to solar roof panels.
If you’re thinking about adding more lights and installing a solar lighting system at home, here’s what you need to know and how to do it.
Installing an Exterior Solar Lighting System
The first step is to choose the lights you want to install. Some solar lighting is cheap and portable, such as solar stakes, while more complex systems cost more.
Do you want a solar lamp, motion sensors, floodlights, solar lanterns, deck lighting, or spotlighting? Maybe you want a few different types of solar yard lights. Decide on the types that you want and plan the location in advance, remembering to choose spots that get lots of sunlight.
Depending on the type of light you choose, the installation might be as simple as staking it in the ground. Some types, like bollard lights, have a component on top that captures energy from the sun’s rays. Come sundown, they’ll turn on automatically—no need for switches or wires.
Solar stakes also come in various styles, so you can easily layer them with other types of lights and place them anywhere you have grass or soil.
Some lights, such as spotlights, have solar panels that may be attached or connected via a cable. Make sure to place the panel in a location where it can access as much sunlight as possible, avoiding trees and tall buildings. Connect the cord from the panel to the light, ensuring the cable won’t become a tripping hazard.
You can place spotlights on trees, flags, statuary, or any other item in the yard you want to highlight.
Solar lanterns and other solar-powered outdoor lights attach to an exterior wall. Choose a wall that gets plenty of sunlight during the day. You also might need a few tools to install this type of lighting, so make sure to read the packaging beforehand.
Some styles attach to fence posts or deck railings. Deck lights attach to your existing railing or stairs, and they are usually screwed in place.
Lights With Switches
Certain solar lights might have an on/off switch. Find out what type you have and whether it will turn on automatically or if you need to flip the switch.
Solar floodlights have motion sensors and will only activate when they sense motion. These types of lights are ideal for safety concerns and to illuminate parts of your home temporarily, such as a driveway or porch.
Solar Panels for Homeowners
What if you want to take your solar lighting one step further? Solar panels utilize the sun’s rays to power your entire home. There are many benefits to going solar, including doing your part for the planet and cutting energy costs.
You can learn more about solar options to decide if it’s the right move for you and your family.
Install a Solar Lighting System at Home
Hopefully, these tips taught you more about what you need and how to install a solar lighting system at home. For further instructions, be sure to read the manual or look up tutorials on the manufacturer’s website.
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