Getting solar street lights to help you around at night could make navigating your front door and driveway at nighttime a lot easier and give you added lighting for the whole outside of your house. They're designed to function all night long and take very little maintenance when compared to an average street light. They are cheap to buy and easy to install, too. The best solar street lights come with long warranties that cover their equipment as well as your electrical bill when you leave the premises. They'll only draw a minimal amount of current from your batteries to power them, so you don't have to worry about running out of electricity when it's time for them to illuminate.
You'll also save a lot of money in your electric bill by turning on and off the solar street lights as needed. When you leave the house, just turn them off, and when you get home the lights will come on automatically. They don't need to stay on all night. You can store the data feed from them in your computer or a PDA. Then when you need to see what's around, just check the display on your computer or cell phone to determine where they are.
The technology behind solar street lights is relatively simple. The solar cells catch the sun's rays and convert them to electricity, and then send it to your battery. The battery stores the energy until you decide to use it (don't forget to take your batteries out before you leave the house!). Then, when you're ready to use your lighting, all you have to do is plug it in and it uses the battery's power.
There are some cons to using solar power for your outdoor lighting. One of the biggest concerns is the amount of sunlight your solar street lights will receive. If you live in an area where the sun doesn't shine very long, your lights might not be able to capture enough sunlight to work. Another con is that if there are any storms or heavy winds in your location, you may not receive as much sunlight as you would like. However, if your location receives a lot of sunlight each day, it could actually be a good investment.
One way to reduce the amount of sunlight your solar street lights might receive is to mount them away from the building they're in. You should always install your motion detector system on the building's roof, because this is the best place for optimum solar coverage. Another thing you can do is to install motion sensor lights that have their own battery backup, so they don't rely on your local electric company for power. If your building gets a lot of intense sunshine, you should definitely consider purchasing a battery backup system. This way, your lights will still work even when there's no sun.
Although solar street lights are a great way to cut your energy bills, there are also some disadvantages. It may cost you more in the long run to put in solar energy than you might pay by changing over to solar energy. For example, it might cost you several thousand dollars to install one solar street light for your entire neighborhood. However, these types of installations are usually quite expensive for the average home owner.
Another disadvantage of solar street lights is that they only work during the day. There's really nothing you can do if there's a lot of darkness at night. If you live in an area where it snows at least a few times a winter, you may also have to get an additional solar light, since they're not effective at providing light at night. Even if there are no dark nights, if there's any chance of it getting dark during the day, you still need a backup source of light.
It's true that solar street lights are a good option if you need a temporary, or even permanent solution to lowering your electricity bills. They're not good, however, for regulating the brightness of your surroundings at night. They may work best for lightening up large areas during the day. They're not very efficient in regulating the darkness, and they may actually costs you money in the long run because you'll need to purchase additional lights during the months when you don't really need any.