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Quite possibly the hottest fad in garden lighting today is the use and installation of solar light fixtures in your garden.  These lights can be used for many different purposes, from accident lighting, to highlight, to being a light source for your deck or patio.  They also make landscape lighting installation a breeze because there’s no cords to run.  However, there is one weakness that it seems like plagues these lights, the just simply don’t seem to be bright enough in many circumstances.

Solar lights never seem like they are bright enough mainly because, depending on the shape and style of the light fixture, the solar panel that is used to power it is too small to effectively power the light, especially on cloudy days.  Even while solar cells are constantly improving every day, they still only convert a small portion of the sunlight that falls on them into actual energy.  The smaller the solar panel, the smaller the area you have to collect sunlight and the results in less energy overall for your light fixture.

Luckily, there is a way that you can overcome this inherent weakness.  Instead of buying lights with individual solar panels affixed to them, try to buy a set of lamps that comes with a separate solar panel.  These packages should come with several light fixtures that you can use to light up a certain area as needed.  The solar cell that comes with these lights is usually many times more effective and much bigger than any of the solar cells that are usually on lights.  You can also install the panel in an area that gets direct sunlight while you want your lights to shine somewhere else.  All of this equals more flexibility in design and most of all, brighter lights all night for you.

Overcoming the Shortfalls of Solar Light Fixtures

Quite possibly the hottest fad in garden lighting today is the use and installation of solar light fixtures in your garden. These lights can be used for many different purposes, from accident lighting, to highlight, to being a light source for your deck or patio. They also make landscape lighting installation a breeze because there’s no cords to run. However, there is one weakness that it seems like plagues these lights, the just simply don’t seem to be bright enough in many circumstances.

Solar lights never seem like they are bright enough mainly because, depending on the shape and style of the light fixture, the solar panel that is used to power it is too small to effectively power the light, especially on cloudy days. Even while solar cells are constantly improving every day, they still only convert a small portion of the sunlight that falls on them into actual energy. The smaller the solar panel, the smaller the area you have to collect sunlight and the results in less energy overall for your light fixture.

Luckily, there is a way that you can overcome this inherent weakness. Instead of buying lights with individual solar panels affixed to them, try to buy a set of lamps that comes with a separate solar panel. These packages should come with several light fixtures that you can use to light up a certain area as needed. The solar cell that comes with these lights is usually many times more effective and much bigger than any of the solar cells that are usually on lights. You can also install the panel in an area that gets direct sunlight while you want your lights to shine somewhere else. All of this equals more flexibility in design and most of all, brighter lights all night for you.


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