Posted on June 18, 2011 with No Comments
For their pool landscaping project most people use lighting to mark pathways or to illuminate shadows around their home for safety. By choosing to use solar pool landscaping lights, they can reduce the installation time while reducing the cost, as well as the dangers, of exterior lights. Most low voltage lights still require an electric line to run from a transformer somewhere in the home to each light, taking time to dig a trench in the yard in which the line is buried. With solar pool landscaping lights there are no wires needed, lessening the time and work needed to install them.
Additionally, many of the low voltage systems will show a drop in power after the first few lights, meaning that the ones placed further away from the transformer will be dimmer than the ones closest to the house. With solar landscape lighting all of the lights will be of uniform brightness as they draw their power from the sun and not the transformer.
One of the downsides to using solar pool landscaping lights is they need to have exposure to the sun during the day to charge their small batteries so they can light up in the evening. However, external solar cells can be used for lights installed in shaded areas with the cell placed in the sunlight and a short wire extended to the charger built into the lights.
Who wants to run all those wires?
Installing solar pool landscaping lights in remote areas of the yard only requires mounting the lights on their poles. Making sure the solar cells face to the south to take advantage of the sunlight eliminates the need to have a contractor install a cable several hundred feet into the yard. Around swimming pools, patios or just to mark a path located away from the home, solar pool landscaping lights can provide the desired illumination in a much shorter time.
Most solar pool landscaping lights are designed to turn on after dark and turn off at sunrise to save the battery power. The solar cells charge the batteries, which operate the lights in the evening. It is like having a flashlight set along the path with rechargeable batteries that are kept at peak charge by the power of the sun.
From a safety standpoint, solar pool landscaping lights have no wires running underground and can save pets and small children from a minor shock if they become too curious about what is in that pole sticking up from the yard. Additionally, the power for charging the batteries comes from the sun and not the electric company, saving money on the electric bill.