Solar lighting can be used to as a renewable source of energy to light the home or business. The energy can be used for lighting within the building as well as the outside areas. Pathways, driveways and billboards are often lit by solar lights, but as they become more powerful they are also used in parking lots, university campuses, bike trails and bus stops. Commercial grade solar lighting is reliable and energy efficient. It will also help your business show the commitment that has been made to the environment.
Most solar lighting products on the market today operate in the same basic way. The solar panel is hooked up to rechargeable batteries. During the daylight hours, when the sun is shining, the sunlight that hits the panel creates a charge. Direct sunlight is more powerful, but indirect sunlight can also create a charge, making the creation and collection of energy possible even on a day when direct sunlight isn’t available. The batteries are able to store that charge. After the sun sets, the batteries will kick in and provide the energy needed to provide lighting.
Besides being an economical alternative to lights that depend on energy from fossil fuels, solar lighting is an ideal remedy to light locations that are not near the usual power sources. Outlying buildings in the yard or garden can be lit up during the night without running extension cords from the nearest power supply. This eliminates not only the unsightly cords running through the area, but also presents a safe lighting solution.
Knowing that emergency lighting will be available in case of a power outage is another reason home owners and businesses rely on solar lighting. Inexpensive energy from the sun can be relied on to provide safety lighting when the usual source of power is interrupted. There is no need to provide emergency lighting by expensive generators that rely on expensive fossil fuels when bad weather or equipment failure causes the energy from the grid to disappear, leaving family, customers and employees in the dark. Now that the energy from the sun can be stored to provide lighting even after the sun goes down, the uses of solar lighting has expanded. It’s no longer just a commitment to environmentally responsible energy, but also a reliable and inexpensive alternative for most lighting needs.