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Holiday Gift Guide: Solar Tech for your Home, Kids, and the Outdoors.

Posted By: Your Solar Link Team on December 8, 2015 in Creative Solar, Latest Technology, Solar News - Comments: No Comments »

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.

Portable solar chargers available from REI. Image courtesy of www.rei.com.

Portable solar chargers available from REI. Image courtesy of www.rei.com.

Solar Chargers

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.

Solar bollard lights from Your Solar Link in a garden setting. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

Solar bollard lights from Your Solar Link in a garden setting. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

Solar Toys

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.

Various solar powered toys keep the junior scientists busy learning! Images courtesy of www.fractuslearning.com.

Various solar powered toys keep the junior scientists busy learning! Images courtesy of www.fractuslearning.com.

Solar Watches

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 security lights provide ample light and are never affected by blackouts from utility companies. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

Solar security lights provide ample light and are never affected by blackouts from utility companies. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

Solar-Powered Backpacks

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.

Solar powered backpacks come in a variety of sizes, colors and power capacities! Images courtesy of www.greenifymagazine.com.

Solar powered backpacks come in a variety of sizes, colors and power capacities!
Images courtesy of www.greenifymagazine.com.

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.

Remember to change out your solar light rechargeable batteries to keep your lights up and running all year long! Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

Remember to change out your solar light rechargeable batteries to keep your lights up and running all year long! Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

Getting the word out about solar security lights, a real and viable option that is easy on the wallet and the environment!

Posted By: Mario Villalobos on November 3, 2014 in Creative Solar, Solar News, Solar Products Customers' Reviews - Comments: No Comments »

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):

In reference to your question regarding the Newhouse light that you purchased (NHSDM), we don’t carry that design, but are familiar with this particular model. Attached are some images of what we believe you may have. If it is, there are a few things to try and troubleshoot its operation. There are a few options that this manufacturer (for the NHSDM) has as far as battery capacity and chemistry:
1.  Fixed Lithium battery (3.2 Volt) that is not intended to be replaced at the end of its typical 2-year life cycle. Once that model has expired its battery, then it will need to be discarded.
2.  Removable Lithium battery (3.2 Volt) that can be replaced at the end of its life cycle. The procedure requires a bit of care in removing the screws with a small-point Phillips screwdriver (the cross-hatch point screwdriver), but it can be done and doesn’t take too long to do.
3.  Removable NiCd or NiMH AAA batteries (1.2 Volt) that can be replaced at the end of their life cycle (this model usually has 3 batteries to reach to desired Voltage to power the LEDs). Again, the procedure requires care, but can be done.
Competitor's solar light with fixed/one-time-use battery.

Competitor's solar light with fixed battery. Image courtesy of www.amazon.com.

We have heard from customers (and we have one ourselves that we use for an alley gate here in San Diego) that the one we sell has had pretty good operational performance. Meaning, it can charge under a day’s sunlight and emit light on following evenings where the days were cloudy. It has a great system autonomy for a solar light of its size and price. Furthermore, it uses the removable Lithium battery, which itself is a higher performing battery than the NiCd and NiMH chemistries (which is probably why the Lithiums are a little bit more expensive).
So, if you haven’t tried to get to the batteries yet and you have had it for more than a year, you may want to try the procedure of opening the light to see what rechargeable battery you will need.  You will need to stay with the chemistry that is in your light (if you are able to open it and it is either point 2 or 3 above).  Be sure not to put a Lithium battery into a NiCd/NiMH light as the Lithiums will burn out the components almost instantly).
As for the decision of purchasing a different model/design of security/spot light, there are many options on the market to choose from. From our experience and customer reviews, the best light for reliability, output and longevity is the Solar Security Light with 32 LEDs. This particular light uses a lead-acid battery, so the autonomy keeps it running without any hiccups. It is a bit more expensive than others, but it has had a positive effect for customers. It automatically turns on when someone approaches, and stays on so long as there is motion. There are options on the light where you can set it to stay on for anywhere from 30 seconds up to a few minutes. The light output is comparable to a 20 Watt CFL (those curly lights that are sold in most hardware stores), so it has a great effective light range and will activate when motion is detected at about 15 feet from the light.
Solar security light with 32 LEDs.

Solar security light with 32 LEDs in action. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

A less-expensive option would be the 36 LED Solar Security Light. This model uses NiCd batteries and also has a long system autonomy. It is as reliable as the 32 LED light and has a longer lead wire (the wire from the solar panel to the light unit), making it more concealable where there are long overhangs and eaves on homes. Attached are some images of this light (with the house that has the curved archway) to give you an idea of what the output and coverage looks like. An added feature to this light is that there is a setting that keeps 4 of the LEDs on all night. When motion is detected, all of the LEDs are activated (for a duration that you can set of 5 to 30 seconds). We have one installed and use it as a porch light that is in the motion-only mode and have only had to replace the batteries once in 2 years. Even on cloudy days, it retains its charge, so it is very reliable.
36 LED motion sensor solar light.

36 LED motion sensor solar light in day, night and action. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

There are other options available, but from what we can gather, these two may be the best for your particular use. All of the solar security lights have a lead wire (with the exception of the one like yours, which is an all-in-one design), so you can place the solar panel some distance away from the light unit itself on an overhang, roof, eave, etc. The benefits of solar security lights are that they are relatively easy to install, are safe (no high voltage wires to deal with), can be located at remote locations where electricity supply is not available, produce effective lighting for their purpose and are reasonably priced. Hopefully the information above helps with your project and that you are able to get a lighting system that works for your home to keep it safe and illuminated at night.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact us at any time at our contact information below.
Thank you for your inquiry with us at Your Solar Link. We are here to help.
Regards,
Solar on!
Solar water pump in a courtyard fountain.

Solar water pumps can be used creatively in a courtyard fountain. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

Look no further, solar security lights are here to take you off the grid.

Posted By: Mario Villalobos on October 28, 2014 in Creative Solar, Solar Gardening, Solar News - Comments: No Comments »

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.

36 LED solar security light from Your Solar Link.

36 LED solar security light from Your Solar Link. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

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.

32 LED solar security light with lead-acid battery from Your Solar Link.

32 LED solar security light with lead-acid rechargeable battery from Your Solar Link. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

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.

Solar on!

Mario @ Your Solar Link

Solar accent light from Your Solar Link.

Solar accent light from Your Solar Link. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

Winter is coming! And that means shorter days (longer nights). Time for some solar lights!

Posted By: Your Solar Link Team on September 15, 2014 in Solar Gardening, Solar News - Comments: No Comments »

As the winter season approaches, we will start to see changes in our weather, fashions and planning for those holiday meals.  We will also see our daylight hours get shorter and, in some cases, rises in our electricity bills as we keep lights on longer to keep our homes and gardens illuminated.  A simple solution for those exterior spaces is to go solar.  We’ve seen the lights from the big  box stores and what kind of light they put out (sometimes, hardly any).  But at Your Solar Link, we have tested our lights and stand behind our manufacturers as quality producers of autonomous energy products.

Solar lights for your garden and home are an economical and environmentally friendly way to add ambience and security in a quick and do-it-yourself manner.  Also, if you already have solar lights around your home and garden, don’t forget to check up on the rechargeable batteries.  They have an expected life of about 2 years.  The best deal around (online and in stores) is right here at Your Solar Link.

Happy Fall (Autumn for our friends overseas) and stay safe.  :)

Solar reading light.

Solar reading light (in red) from Your Solar Link.

Solar lights rechargeable batteries.

Solar lights rechargeable batteries from Your Solar Link.

What is the true cost of outdoor lighting?

Posted By: Your Solar Link Team on June 11, 2014 in Solar Gardening, Solar News - Comments: No Comments »

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 spot lights.

High output solar spot lights from yoursolarlink.com. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

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. :)

Solar bollard light.

360 degree high output solar bollard light. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.

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 info@yoursolarlink.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

Solar path lights.

Conical solar path lights. Image courtesy of www.yoursolarlink.com.


 
 


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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.

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Solar Fountain Pump System

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!

HOW TO INSTALL A SOLAR PATH LIGHT.

Stone Cylinder Solar Path Lights (Set of 2).
See how easy it is to install a solar light. No wiring required!
In this particular case a ground fastener and a stake are included for quick and easy installation. Read more HERE

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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.


Super High Output Spot Light

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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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