Solar Lighting Types

Solar lighting comes in all shapes and sizes. The simplest fixtures can cost as little as $15. The most powerful and complex can run $150 or even more.

Mounting

Since they require no wires, solar lights can be mounted in quite a variety of ways. Probably the most common is the stake-mounted variety. These lamps are attached to stakes that you simply drive into the ground wherever you like. The stakes can be long enough to make the lights effectively lampposts, or so short that the lights end up flush with the ground.

If you want something flush with the ground, there are other options as well. Some solar lamps are made to be nailed into asphalt or screwed into wood. These can, of course, be raised up by screwing them into a wooden post that you provide. Other lamps come already encased in stepping stones-a walkway through your garden that provides its own light.

Solar lamps can also be affixed to other surfaces-to walls or overhangs with brackets or screws. They can go anywhere they'll have a good supply of sunlight during the day. String-mounted solar lamps are also available for overhead lighting.

Many of these lamps come with swivel heads so the angle can be adjusted after the fixture is in place.

And then there are lamps that aren't mounted at all. A tabletop solar lamp can be moved easily and will provide good illumination for outdoor eating. There are even floating solar lamps if you have a backyard pond.

Style

The lights themselves are usually LED, but there are some fluorescent as well. They range in strength from very soft to very bright. Some can be used as accents, others as spotlights. Some lights can be set to flicker to provide a candlelight effect. Others can be set to blink to provide a warning of a sharp turn in the driveway.

The lights themselves are usually LED, but there are some fluorescent as well. They range in strength from very soft to very bright. Some can be used as accents, others as spotlights. Some lights can be set to flicker to provide a candlelight effect. Others can be set to blink to provide a warning of a sharp turn in the driveway.

Power

Most solar fixtures come with Ni-Cad or NiMh batteries to store the power gathered from the sun. Some also can be plugged into outlets and set to come on when there is a power outage.

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