5 Types of Outdoor Solar Lights

5 Types of Outdoor Solar Lights

Solar lighting is great, there is no question about it. It saves on electricity consumption and requires only a little maintenance without the hassle of wires and cables. Even though the up-front costs of solar lighting are a little higher, it is an environmentally friendly option that can save you money in the long run.


If you’re planning to upgrade your outdoor lighting to solar, you’re making a good decision. However, you’ve probably noticed that there are many different types of outdoor solar lights. With such a variety of options, it can be a little difficult to choose which one works for your landscape. For your ease, The Perfect Light has prepared a guide on the types of outdoor solar lights for your landscape!


1. Path Lights

Light up the walkway to your home with solar pathway lights. These lights are very popular solar lighting options because they are light-weight, easy to install, and effective. Use these path lights to ensure you don’t fumble around in the darkness when walking up to your door at night.


Many of these designs can be staked directly into the ground for easy installation. Path lights come with a solar panel directly on top of the bulb which absorbs sunlight throughout the day. Solar path lights don’t come with an on or off switch—usually, these lights have a photoreceptor that detects darkness, triggering the lights to turn on automatically at dusk.


2. Spotlights

Spotlights are a great way to light up a specific area of your landscape or home. These lights draw attention to trees, flowers or any décor you would like to highlight in the dark.


Some solar spotlights, like path lights, come with a solar panel attached at the top and can be staked directly in the ground. However, because a lot of spotlights are often placed in difficult or shaded areas, stores often sell solar spotlights with remote panels. These panels are connected to the spotlights with a long cable, giving you the option to place the spotlights in the desired area of your landscape – while placing the panels in areas more likely to get sunlight.


3. Motion Sensing Security lights

Because motion sensing security lights are more functional, they are sturdier and usually come with a larger solar panel. These lights come with motion sensors that turn on after sensing movement within up to 40 feet. Many also come with remote solar panels and adjustable light timer settings.


4. Remote Controlled Landscape Lights

While many solar lights automatically turn on at dusk and shut off at dawn, there are some that come with a remote controller to allow homeowners to adjust the lighting.  The remote controls come with various modes, each mode allowing the light to stay on for different times.


5. Fairy Lights

While fairy lights are great for decoration, they are frustrating to deal with if you don’t have an outlet nearby. By getting solar fairy lights you can string up these lights anywhere without worrying about outlets and extension cords. Use these lights for outdoor parties, events or just to add a decorative touch to your landscape!


Before you go out and experiment with outdoor solar lights, we recommend going through our solar lighting buyer’s guide so you can find the lights that work for you!


The professionals at The Perfect Light are dedicated to helping homeowners like you find the best outdoor and landscape lighting solutions for your home. For assistance from our knowledgeable experts, call today at 972-616-4104 or contact us online!




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