Solar lights come in many different formats and models from the flickering candle light design you might hang next to your porch, to an interior shed light and the colour-changing candlestick types being planted along pathways in the back garden. Outdoor solar lights have become very popular across North America and Europe in particular over the past ten years.
Anyone who happens to have a garden has found the solar lights to be a real novelty factor when planted across the pathways, in garden bedding or just dotted around the lawn. Another factor as to why they may have become so popular is that they are freely available and reasonably priced at discount stores. There was a time when they were expensive but the popularity means more are being produced and this has led to the manufacturing costs of solar lights coming down. That saving has been passed onto to the consumer like you and me, who now plant solar lighting across our gardens like people used to put garden gnomes in quaint little corners of the back yard.
So, what has made the solar lamp take off with such enthusiasm among consumers? For starters we can look at the green factor; the environmentally friendly solar light does not leave much of a carbon footprint. In countries like the Philippines, Switzerland and districts in Canada solar lighting is used to illuminate roads and streets at night. Municipal parks in Manila use solar lighting by affixing two small solar panels either side of an ordinary looking street lamp, which illuminates as soon as night falls.
The outdoor lamps used here sometimes have a battery, the two solar panels and a lamp all built in to just the one unit. A solar light will collect its energy during the day from the sun and solar natural light and then power up as soon as dusk begins to fall. The solar lights we plant in our gardens are invariably a decorative feature but there are many communities around the world that are now using solar lighting for more convenient uses. In rural parts of Asia the kerosene lamps have long been used by farmers and people who walk around after dark. Now they are switching to a solar lantern instead in growing numbers. The lanterns tend to use a form of light emitting diodes to power them up.
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