By Kathleen. Outdoors. Published at Friday, February 23rd, 2018 - 05:11:46 AM.
Electrical lights will likely be more dependable and may provide more light, but they do require a skilled electrician to install the wiring and ensure safety. Solar powered lights use a completely renewable resource to "power-up" during the day, and then shine bright all night! Certainly the green and sustainable option, they also boast the easiest set up. Just attach and you are done! Though, some might find them less dependable.
We started to create our outdoor lighting scheme about 5 years ago. My spouse and I were charmed by the simplicity and beautiful effect or the outdoor lights of a French restaurant in our town. Since that time we have experimented with many different variations of outdoor lighting designs. Our scheme is a work in progress and it gets tweaked each year. Some years we use a lot of string lights while in other years we use spot lights and twinkly lights. We generally tend to stick to white lights although we sometimes use the odd colored spotlight to great success.
A notable goal of the Consortium is the uniform sizing of solar fixtures. This will identify the best illumination profile, the most reliable solar array, the appropriate size of the battery bank, and the luminaire. In order to establish a reliable, 365-day system, the battery input must create the maximum output and energy reserve.
Certainly, commercial solar lighting will one day be the norm. Already more demand is bringing down the price. Experimentation, funded by public and private grants, is helping make solar energy more viable in all aspects of life. Hopefully, this will happen much faster when the Consortium for Solar Lighting creates industry standards that we can all live by.
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