Why buy solar?
In the simplest terms, because the energy it produces is free! Solar energy is a renewable and clean source for the generation of electricity, which may then be stored in efficient rechargeable batteries for use in hours of little or no sunlight. Using solar lights for your garden and exterior elements frees up your space from wiring and complicated connections.
What makes up a solar light fixture? Solar light fixtures can be arranged in a number of ways. From the top to bottom, a solar light fixture consists of: a solar collector, a control/circuit board, a rechargeable power supply (battery source), LED (light source) and a photo resistor (component that “turns the light on” when it becomes dark outside). Please see our video for a graphic representation of the process listed above.
What is an LED?
A Light-Emitting Diode (LED) is simply a transistor that glows when an electric current runs through it. They were invented in Russia in the 1920’s when a radio technician noted that light was emitted through diodes used in radio receivers when electric currents passed through the diodes. It wasn’t until 1962 that the United States started using them as a practical electronic component. To dig deeper into the science of LED’s, please see the following link
LED light intensity is measured in millicandles (mcd) or lumens, as opposed to traditional light bulbs, which are measured in watts. The brightness is dependent on the number of LED’s in your fixture. We carry lights that we determined would have the brightest output for their relative costs.
Will I need to replace the LED?
No. The LED has of the longest life spans in today’s light source possibilities. LED’s far exceed the life of the traditional incandescent bulbs and the more recent compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFL’s). So, your solar light fixture is equipped with one of the best light sources currently available and will not need to be replaced. What’s more, with the photo resistor as part of your light fixture, the LED will only be on when it is dark outside and no other light is shining on it.
Do all LED’s produce white light?
No. Early applications produced red light at low intensities. Today’s applications are available at infrared, visible and ultraviolet wavelengths. Commonly, solar light fixtures emit either a bluish-white or amber light.
How do solar lights store energy they collect during the day?
Rechargeable batteries store the energy produced during daylight hours. Most of our lights use rechargeable Ni-Cd AA batteries which last approximately 2 years under normal conditions of use. The batteries are accessible for ease of changing when needed.
Can solar lights be placed in shaded areas?
Some of our lights can be placed in a shaded area (Sensor Garage Light, Solar Panel Spot Lights) as they have a solar collector that is wired to the light fixtures. The solar collector must be placed in a sunny area, while the light fixtures can be placed in shaded areas for spot light effects and garden beautification. Most of our lights do need to be placed in areas where direct sunlight shines on them for a majority of daylight hours.
Will the lights need to be turned on and off each day?
No. There is an on/off switch for most of our lights, but this is only to open the circuit to the LED. Generally, this switch is left in the on position, as it is the photo resistor (see our video for how it works) that automatically turns the solar light on and off each day as the sun rises and sets. You will notice that if there is another light shining on the photo resistor at night (such as a flashlight or car headlight), your solar light will not illuminate. But once your fixture is back in the dark again, the light will come back on.
Will there be any maintenance?
No. The only things you will need to address are the rechargeable batteries (which need to be replaced about once every 2 years) and the foliage around your lights (a little gardening here and there).
Do LED’s produce heat or harmful effects?
The heat generated is minimal and thus makes the lights safe to use around children and pets. There are no hazardous materials with LED’s, so their use has less of an impact on the environment with their disposal.
What methods of payment do you accept for purchases?
We accept all major credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. We also accept PayPal as a method of payment. PayPal enables you to create an account that stores your personal information using industry-leading security and fraud protection tools for future purchases.