Solar driveway lights are a great way to gently illuminate a driveway. They provide a comforting welcome as home owners pull into their garage, and also create a greater sense of security.
Though not a totally new concept, recent innovations make both solar pathway lighting and solar driveway lighting a lot more appealing. Instead of post lights that are inserted in the ground near the driveway, newer solar driveway lights combine solar lighting technology with a more aesthetically appealing appearance that blend the lights into the driveway itself.
Types of Solar Powered Lighting for Driveways
In addition to the first generation pole style driveway solar lights, there are a couple of newer styles. One of the easiest to install is the surface mounted solar light. These are self-contained solar packs using LED light technology. With rounded edges, these can be glued with epoxy to the outer edges of the driveway as subtle edge guides for night time driving.
This type of solar driveway lighting is constructed to take the weight of a vehicle in case a tire rolls over them, they are weather proof, and they can resist extremes in outdoor temperatures. Installation of these solar LED lights is accomplished with a chalk line and careful spacing measurements that best suit the owner’s needs. Some designs allow owners to direct the light toward the middle of the driveway for more illumination. They work well with LED step lights if you have stairs within the path to your front door.
Another of the newer styles of solar driveway lights is the flush mounted light. These paver lights are inserted directly into the pavement and are even with the surface. This provides for a clean and finished look. Installation for this type is a lot more tricky, however. Unless installed when concrete or asphalt is being poured, recesses must be drilled into existing pavement so that they can rest flush.
Due to the difficulty involved, professional installation of the flush type is recommended. An advantage to these driveway lights is that they can’t be felt if the driver accidentally drives over them. A disadvantage is that the emitted light tends to be more of a glow and it can’t be directed toward the middle of the driveway.
Advantages to Installing Solar Driveway Lights
There are many advantages to using these solar power lights to border your driveway. First of all, with recent improvements in technology and solar LED lighting, the quality and longevity of the lights are greatly improved. Though products vary, most solar powered driveway lights will last a minimum of eight hours each night. Since they have sensors that respond to light and darkness, they are only turned on when light dims in the evening. So they also function as solar security lights as any lighting helps to ward off potential intruders.
Perhaps the biggest advantage rests in the fact that these solar driveway lights cost nothing to run and are eco-friendly. In a time when more emphasis is placed on environmental technology, these fit the bill. Not only do they not need costly electricity, but they emit no damaging side effects. They can also blend well with other solar yard lights like walkway lights or decorative rock lights.
Used strategically, outdoor solar lighting adds a refinement to homes. The new generation of solar driveway lights makes a more aesthetically pleasing statement, while harnessing the sun’s free energy._____________________________________