by Maria Juniper, Contributing Editor
The gift that keeps on giving has never been greener, and the time to buy one for your friend or loved one is quickly approaching. This year for the holidays, instead of giving some trite piece of clothing or kitchen appliance, try looking for the perfect gifts for those eco-friendly friends who wants to help benefit the environment, or perhaps for a family member who could use anything to help decrease their utility bill. Buying a solar powered gadget can do both of these things and more and there are any number of gifts that would make the perfect choice for any number of people.
These can charge a number of different electronic devices depending on what kind of device you get. Some cheaper models may only power cell phones while more advanced ones can power laptops or higher-energy devices. They can range in price from $50 up to $250, depending on your budget and needs. Most will include about a 10-foot extension cord so you can charge your device outside while you sit nearby. Furthermore, you can also purchase solar powered batteries, most commonly AA or AAA sizes, which you can charge and then put into a device that needs batteries.
Solar Outdoor Lights
Solar lights can come in many different varieties and are very useful for anyone who likes to work outdoors in the garden in or on an outdoor workstation. They will be able charge through the day and then help illuminate a space at night to save any nuisance from charging with wires or electricity. Ranging from $30 to $150, some lights may be simple path lights to mark a walkway, while others may be brighter and more intense security lights that work in conjunction with your home security system. These can be programmed to come on automatically if there is motion and remain on for as long as you like.
Perfect for little tykes that don’t even know how much they want to save the environment yet, solar toys can foster an appreciation for solar energy. These green toys can range from model trains, houses, cars, or robots, ranging in price from anywhere to just $20 up to $200 depending on how much you would like to spend. Make sure the product is durable enough to withstand the age group for the child you’re purchasing, as these can be very specific sometimes.
These timepieces can range anywhere from wristwatches to desk clocks to radios, some of which are even water powered! These usually run for cheaper, often just around $20, so solar watches could make perfect gifts for close acquaintances or friends. Simply leaving the watch or clock where there is sun will power it for hours or even days, depending on the model.
Solar-powered backpacks can come in especially handy for those who love the outdoors. Ranging from about $80 on the low end on up to $200, these can help charge laptops or cell phones while on a hike or bike ride. As with other solar energy products, sometimes the easiest place to find them is to shop online because this will allow you to browse through a number of different options, read reviews, and make a decision without having to look at a limited selection and feeling pressured to buy something you don’t want.
Purchasing any of these items for gifts will bolster the solar industry and environmental movement. They are gifts you can be confident about giving and knowing that they will be met with excitement on the receiving end and they will, even more importantly, be of great use if given with careful thought and attention.
We recently had an inquiry about solar security lights and would like to share that information with all you solar enthusiasts and those who simply want to get security lighting up and running quickly. So, here it is…..
Letter to inquirer (abbreviated):
When you think of solar lights for your home, you may think of the ones that are sold at the big box stores. They usually come with 1 or 2 LEDs that put out just enough light to see where they are in your garden, but don’t necessarily put out so much light that you can see the surroundings. Given this example, you may not think that a solar light could provide enough light to be considered a security light. Well, look no further. Your Solar Link offers solar security lights that are at and above the performance of grid-tied security lights for your home and office.
Going solar doesn’t have to mean that you compromise performance. The incorporation of LED technology and high-performance rechargeable batteries are the primary components that make solar powered lights a viable, practical, versatile and economical option that you can install without the services of an electrician and that eliminate expenses incurred by your local utility company. Low-voltage security lighting is safe for you to install yourself, safe for use around children and pets, and good for the environment. You know the energy you use is renewable and is never affected by power outages or fee hikes from the utility company.
Stay safe this winter with the renewable energy option of solar security lights from Your Solar Link. If you have any questions or need assistance with which light is a best-fit option for your home or office, contact Your Solar Link today! They will gladly assist you and get you up and running with a security light solution that is sure to keep your home and office lit with automatic illumination and sustainable lights.
Mario @ Your Solar Link
Ever wonder what is the true cost for lighting your garden and landscaping? There a several factors to consider:
1. The type of fixtures to be installed (this includes quality, brand name, etc.).
2. The amount of light required for your project.
3. The location of lights to be installed throughout your landscaping.
4. Your budget to get all of this done.
5. And this is important, what will it cost in the long run to maintain and operate the system?
There may be other factors, but these definitely top the list. A hidden “cost” of installing and operating a lighting system is that of the environment. In other words, if you choose to use grid-tied electricity, then you are at the mercy of your local utility company and what electricity generation methods they employ. You may opt to have your electricity be from renewable sources, which is a noble effort. However, people who choose to “get” their energy from renewables may be charged a higher rate than if they use the coal-based generation plants. Now that just doesn’t make any sense, does it?
With all of these points listed above, a viable, progressive and realistic solution is to go off grid with solar garden lights that are equipped to produce enough light for your project. Now, we are not talking about the run-of-the-mill solar lights you get at the big box stores. We’re talking about solar lights that are designed to produce lots of light and last throughout the night. From solar bollard lights to solar spot lights to solar security lights, options are available and ready to go. One thing to keep in mind is to not be afraid of the initial pricing for higher-end solar lights. By paying just a little more in the beginning, you will be saving more in the long run. Costs do not end after installation when using grid-tied lights. And for landscapes that are large and have many lights, this cost will show up every month on your electric bills. With solar lights, the savings start the second you install them. Period.
Solar garden lights require no outside source to collect, store and deliver energy to their LED luminaires once night falls. We’ve heard that solar lights for the garden are unreliable and produce very little light, certainly not enough to illuminate your plants and landscaping. Well, that is true, to an extent. This is where the big box store lights have created a false sense of market availability. Their lights are designed to be inexpensive, have a fairly attractive housing and are accessible. What they don’t say is that their lights will use only 1, 2 or even 3 super bright LEDs. This is fine, but it is not going to give off the light you would expect with conventional, grid-tied lights. At www.yoursolarlink.com, you will find lights that are suited for given situations. Some are designed for accent lighting, some are designed for walkway illumination and others are designed for larger area spot lighting and security lighting. In this progression, the amount of LEDs and battery capacity (number, type and rating) increase to give you the light that is reasonably expected from an exterior light.
To correlate solar lights with our points listed above, you could say that 1) options are available for types of fixtures for each application, 2) shop around for brighter lights, they are out there and are comparable in their output and foot-candle rating, 3) they can be placed just about anywhere in your garden/landscaping as they require no connection to the utility grid system, 4) they are affordable, because you buy the fixture, you install the fixture (no electrician or service to install lights around your home), and 5) there are no ongoing operational costs (you will need to replace the rechargeable battery every couple of years, but www.yoursolarlink.com sells packs of 10 starting at $20 delivered, $2 a battery every 2 years is a pretty darn good operating cost). And let’s not forget the environmental cost of solar garden lights. Sure, every light fixture has impacts, even grid-tied lights. But once it is purchased, there are no ongoing demands from dirty energy companies. Last time we checked, the Sun is a pretty clean source of energy.
Now, keep in mind that what we are proposing here is that there are alternatives to conventional grid-tied lighting. Don’t be swayed by people saying that solar lights are unreliable or that they don’t produce enough light. As we mentioned above, buying from the big box stores is potentially going to give you a product that is short-lived and disappointing. As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. Your Solar Link tests their lights for longevity and output so you won’t have to. If you have any questions, just email them at email@example.com to get some input before your purchase. They are there for you and want nothing more than a happy solar light customer.
Power on, solar friends!
Your Solar Link
Juicebar Pocket Solar Charger.
This stylish, sleek and reliable pocket size Universal Battery Charger (Juicebar Solar Charger) is proven to be your best friend in a situation when conventional electric supply is not available or if you are trying to use eco-friendly renewable power supplies.
Great as a solar phone charger for any type of Mobile Phones, IPhones, PSA, PDA, Mp3 Players, Satellite Navigation, and much more.
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SOLAR PATH LIGHTS.
Stainless Steel Conical Solar Path Light (Set of 2).
Path solar lights are an excellent choice for lighting your garden paths, walkways, driveway perimeters and other regions in your landscape. They are often used in multiples to guide the way along a set of stairs or a dark walk.
Featured Stainless Steel Solar Light set uses 2 ultra-bright LEDs for maximum light output and minimum battery usage.
The lights are safe around kids and pets and water and corrosion resistant.
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STONE SOLAR SPOT LIGHTS.
Stone Solar Spot Lights (also known as Solar Rock Lights) completely camouflage with existing landscapes and look like any other rock in your garden.
SOLAR GARDEN FOUNTAINS.
How to start using ecologically friendly energy to power up your garden fountains and other garden water features?
Why not go with a solar powered water pump?
To accommodate your needs the Solar Fountain Pump Systems we carry range from 2 to 8 Watt. Browse our collection of solar water pumps for your fish ponds and solar fountains.
Enjoy your garden water features and your energy savings at the same time. Make a note of the various power levels and the flow rate of the solar water pumps before your purchase.
Please write us your review after your purchase. Your opinion is important to us!
DECORATIVE SOLAR ACCENT LIGHTS.
Solar accent lights (Set of 2) create an enjoyable and inviting glow for your landscape.
They are designed to mark a place.
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Solar spot lights like this one rely on energy from the sun to charge their batteries and provide light throughout the night.
This means that there is no need to tap into the electrical grid for these lights to operate.
The solar spot lights will work consistently, even if the whole neighborhood is dealing with a power outage.
Learn more about Solar Spot Lights at http://www.yoursolarlink.com/solar-spot-lights, where we have a great selection of solar spot lights to choose from.
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