Want Greater Home Security for your Family - Use Solar Lights

By: Linda Allen

Outdoor solar lighting is the first place many people start when looking at solar power. Solar lighting for outdoor usage offers greater security, beauty and an inexpensive way to try solar power. Out door solar lighting units use small photovoltaic modules that convert sunlight into electricity. The electricity is stored in batteries for use at night, allowing the lights to turn on automatically. They can be cost effective relative to installing power cables and there are several companies now marketing units for lighting driveways, walkways and patios. Most of these devices are totally self contained units that need only to be staked in the ground where there is plenty of sunlight.

Home outdoor solar lights are available in hardware stores, discount stores and online. Most outdoor solar light units list a specific number of hours of sunlight needed to charge the batteries for use during the night hours. Some solar light units only require 4 hours of direct sunlight while others need 8 hours to recharge. A short charge means that the lights won't be on early in the morning when it's still dark outside.

The solar sensor light eliminates the need to burn an outside light wastefully while you're away. The solar-charged detection circuit automatically turns on the lights to welcome you when triggered by heat or motion. The motion sensor increases security around the perimeter of your home by effectively deterring prowlers .

Most areas of the country have enough sunlight to power outdoor home lighting. Winter means less daytime sunlight, which means the outdoor solar light units won't get as much direct sun exposure or solar power to recharge their batteries. It's a good idea to select your solar lighting units based on how much sunlight is expected during the winter months. When installing make sure the spots for the solar lights aren't too shaded to capture enough sunlight.

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