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The 6 Best Uses For Solar Lights
Solar lights are one of the best inventions for solar power: cheap, accessible and easy to install. Make instant savings on energy bills, low investment and enable off-grid buildings to be illuminated. Solar lighting kits don't require any planning regulations to install and don't have to be fitted by an expensive electrician. From torches and lanterns to security lights and fairy lights. We have listed the six best ways to use solar lights:
# 6: Solar Deck/driveway lighting Sinking brick lights into a driveway or decking has become increasingly popular in homes and gardens; imagine how complicated that would be if you have to wire up to the mains or use expensive batteries. Solar brick lights for driveways are basically brilliant. Available in a variety of colours for integrating patterns into your paved area, the brick lights can take seriously heavy loads of vans without cracking. Solar driveway lights can help guide you into a parking space and guide you away from any potential damage to your car such as posts and walls. Solar decking lights are hugely popular, they power up all day and turn on automatically at night. An attractive decoration to your outdoor spaces.
# 5: Solar PIR Security lights The comfort of a security light for when you return home in the dark is very reassuring. PIR security lights have traditionally been mains wired: expensive to install outside and requires an electrician. Then along came solar security lights; the latest technology of the integrated solar panels is so powerful that some of our floodlights can illuminate a range of up to 50 metres. No wiring restrictions on where you place the solar lights means you have flexibility and can quickly have a solar security light to switch on in a car port, a back garden or a porch area.
# 4: Solar lighting kits for garages and off-grid buildings Solar lights can be installed in any out-buildings where previously the expensive of having mains wiring installed has prohibited any lighting. For a very small investment a garden office can be transformed allowing you to work at night. Stables, beach huts, garages and garden sheds can all benefit from the addition of a solar lighting kit. Once installed enjoy the free abundant energy from the sun and the freedom of being able to use outdoor spaces and buildings which previously had been day time areas only. Work on your car, muck out horses, pot a few plants or just spend a little me time alone relaxing with a glass of wine or a book.
# 3: Solar Fairy Lights If there was anything ever so perfect, the combination of solar power and lights, it has to be solar fairy lights. Beautiful twinkling lights in white or multi colours always bring a small glow to the heart. At christmas time around doorways and windows or decorating trees and shrubs. In summer time draped over parasols, wrapped round decking bannisters or threaded through your garden plants. Everybody loves fairy lights. Put them up and leave them all year round.
# 2: Solar torches/lanterns for camping Space and weight is an issue when camping. Torches and lanterns are also necessary. Imagine waking in the middle of the night and needing the loo: not easy without a light. A solar torch can sit in the sun during the day, quietly powering up, and then at night you are guaranteed to have light on demand. Batteries let you down, solar torches don't. Hang solar lanterns from tree branches or caravan awnings to light-up your evenings and enjoy reading or chatting with friends long after the sun has gone down. We highly recommend solar head lamps and torches for festivals when comfort might be the last thing on your mind. Trust us, once you have tried to negotiate your way through a sea of tents after a long day partying, you don't try it again without the aid of a solar torch.
# 1: Emergency lighting Our top recommendation for using solar lights is in the case of emergency, such as a power cut. The traditional way has always been to use candles but the fire brigade are shuddering at the thought, candles are a real fire hazard. Also imagine you're feeling round in pitch black and suddenly realise: where are the matches? Ventus (originally Baylis Brands) have a fantastic product called the Eco Emergency Station; a set of 3 torches which sits discreetly in a unit, best kept on the windowsill. It will keep a permanent charge so once the mains power is out, you know exactly where to grab a powered up torch. Then check the fuse box or make your way to a neighbours house in safety. Think ahead and stay safe, it always pays to be prepared.