Whether you need to light up the path to your front door, set up some kind of romantic ambiance on your back porch or deck, or even emergency security lights, you should really consider solar powered outdoor lighting. Solar outdoor lighting can come in a wide variety of different styles, from lights that are lamp posts for the driveway, to fancy string lights for the deck, and just about anything in between.

There are many different reasons to choose solar powered outdoor lighting, as an alternative to conventional outdoor lighting systems. At the top of the list is the fact that they are powered by small photovoltaic cells that absorb the energy from the sun and convert it to low voltage electricity. This means that you never have to use your power to make them work. They store the energy in small built in batteries, releasing it when the sun goes down. Depending on the actual model, and the kind of bulbs used, you will have continuous light for up to ten or twelve hours.

Because they are self contained, solar powered outdoor lighting will still come on, even in a power outage. No more coming home at night during a storm and not being able to see up your walk, or struggling to find the right door key. They even have security outdoor lighting with solar power. Motion sensitive solar lights are even offered. No more worries about your security lighting going out during a storm either.

Solar powered outdoor lighting has other advantages as well. Because they don't need any external power source, they can be used anywhere you might need a little extra outdoor lighting. There are lights that can be set up in the garden, on the back porch or patio, and even far away in the yard. There is no need to run a power cord, or keep it from getting messed up in the weather.

Most of all, buying solar powered outdoor lighting saves the planet. These lighting systems use the power of the sun, the most renewable natural resource. They don't draw any power from your home, so you won't have to worry about higher electric bills. They don't put out any exhaust, so they don't harm the environment.

Many of these outdoor solar powered lighting systems are completely affordable, and fully self contained. You can buy stake lights, which go directly into the ground wherever you need them. They have small solar panels in the top, and release the energy at night automatically. Many now use high intensity but low energy LED bulbs, extending use time dramatically. These just need to be place where they can absorb the most sun over the day. Other solar lighting systems use a separate panel, mounted where they will get the most sunlight during the day. These are good for the porch or patio, with the panel mounted directly on the roof or a post.

When it comes to using solar powered outdoor lighting, there are some things you should consider. For walkways, poorly lit stairs, and dark entries, you should use the post, hanging, or wall mounted lights. These lighting products will light these areas the best. When it comes to ambient outdoor lighting, there are string lights, as well as a variety of different, unique styles to choose from. There are solar powered lights that look like candles, others that are in fun shapes, like rocks. These give off a soft inviting glow, and used in groups can offer a soft atmosphere.

Source by Nicole Roberts