The growing importance of solar pathway lighting
The solar industry is moving beyond powering home appliances to develop lighting products that are efficient and add to the aesthetic of their surroundings at the same time. The industry realizes that outdoor lighting is as important as indoor and has recognized the need for innovative, standalone fixtures which are energy-efficient and long-lasting. Outdoor lights ¡ª solar pathway lights in particular ¡ª are gaining more attention as their utility moves beyond residential purposes.
Today, pathway lights are not just limited to landscape lighting at homes but are used to illuminate roadsides, sidewalks and even open spaces like parking lots.
What makes solar fixtures more effective?
Powerful backup batteries
Since outdoor lights need to be turned on at night, most pathway lights come with a backup battery to store electricity generated by a solar panel. Most contemporary solar lights are powered with strong backup batteries
Additionally, they are equipped with high-performing LED lights that produce a high amount of lumens per watt, thus consuming less energy. The installation of powerful lithium batteries and LED lights, which have transformed the lighting industry, enables solar-powered lights to stay illuminated for at least 12 hours.
Nearly all of Beyond Solar¡¯s outdoor lights come with batteries and solar panels that are attached to the fixtures, making them simple and easy to install. The lights that come with separate parts can be assembled without a hassle. The fixtures are equipped with powerful LED chips, making the lights extra bright and effective.
In order to utilize energy more efficiently, modern solar pathway lights are also equipped with motion sensors. On detecting movement within a certain radius, the brightness of the lights increases. Apart from increased visibility, this feature makes outdoor solar fixtures suitable for security purposes.
Improvements in design enable outdoor solar lights to enhance the ambiance of the site they have been installed at, be it a road or a sidewalk.
How do LED lights contribute to solar fixtures?
Powering LED lights with solar energy has made off-the-grid outdoor fixtures much more effective and efficient. Unlike traditional fluorescent bulbs, LED lights:
Generate less heat
Convert upto 70-80% of the energy into light
Have a long life
Have high brightness
Have a color range and therefore can be used for multiple purposes
Provide directional lighting
Another reason why LED lights are suitable for solar fixtures is that the industry is constantly evolving to resolve lighting problems and challenges faced by the commercial and residential sectors. Innovations in the industry have led to higher lumens per watt, increased brightness and unique designs.
Ok, but why do we need solar pathway lights?
For many reasons.
Solar lights are environment-friendly, but of course, you already knew that. Since they are powered by the sun, they are not a burden on the national grid. They are also energy-efficient, extremely cost-effective and long-lasting ¡ª which means almost non-existent replacement costs.
Maintenance costs are off the table as well because little to no maintenance is required for the lights to function at their best. Solar panels are usually tilted so they can easily shed snow and water.
Why are they suitable for pathways though? It is important for roads, sidewalks and pathways to be well-lit. Traditional fluorescent and incandescent lights use up more energy, are a burden on the national grid and need constant repair and maintenance. It is economical to install solar fixtures due to minimal maintenance cost, long life and energy efficiency. Most solar lights carry warranties that last for years, so even if they have to be repaired within the first few months, the cost will not have to be borne by the end-user.
Due to innovations and developments in solar technology, the fixtures are available in several unique designs, which add to the aesthetic of the place they are installed at. The incorporation of technology, including motion sensors, makes solar lights ideal for security purposes as well.
Key reasons for installing solar pathway lights:
Minimal maintenance costs
Unique and innovative designs add to aesthetics of surroundings
Equipped with modern technology