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Consider using Solar Lamps in your garden

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 27, 2006 7:56 pm    Post subject: Consider using Solar Lamps in your garden Reply with quote

Outdoor lighting is quickly becoming more recognized as just as important as indoor lighting.
Consider using solar lamp post fixtures for your outdoor lighting.

More and more people are considering their outside area as part of their living space. Back gardens, patios, and decks are all great places to entertain and the ambiance in your garden can be set with the right lighting. So they are spending a great deal more time deciding what the right lighting is. Sadly there are more examples of bad lighting out there than there are good.
A common mistake is to place lighting in the wrong places which can cause light to filter into the neighbors garden, contribute to light pollution by shooting upwards, or just plain not effectively light your space.

Here are some outdoor lighting tips:

1. Choose the most efficient lamp for the job.
2. Lighting on walkways, driveways, and garden areas should light the ground area.
3. Use timers to turn lighting on and off and in areas where appropriate use sensors to turn lighting on.
4. Make sure you aren't polluting the sky with up ward lighting and make sure you aren't annoying the neighbors.

An important element in outdoor lighting is choosing efficient lighting that's easy on the environment and on your wallet because of reduced energy costs. And that's why solar fixtures are certainly worth considering!!

The metal solar lamp post has the look of a traditional gas lamp from an era long gone. This classic fixture looks great and eludes of beauty and charm while providing security to your garden.The metal construction is the best because it's strong and durable and not likely to be vandalized if placed in public areas.
Choose a lamp with an extra large solar panel to get the maximum benefit. LED lights are best.

The post needs to be mounted in full sun.
The lamp will then charge during the day and then automatically turn on at night for anywhere from 8 to 10 hours. The LED light will burn 17 times brighter than other bulb types.A 7 inch solar panel with a 1 watt high powered LED will provide ample lighting.
This is the perfect combination for both new and retro installations. Consider the correct placement of the lamp posts in your yard. They are a great choice for driveways, walkways, and for areas where you'll be entertaining guests.They work well placed parallel or across from each other.
There are different size bulbs available.
The larger bulbs can provide area and security lighting while the smaller bulbs provide ambiance.

If you plan to install during the winter months you'll need to let the battery charge for at least a week in the mornings.
Shut it off at night and do not allow it to operate until the battery has managed to get a full charge. It takes a bit longer during the winter months to get a functioning light because of the lack of sun light and the lower intensity.The installation is fairly simple. They come broke down in sections that quickly reassemble.
Directions supplied by most manufacturers are adequate.

So if you are looking to make better use of your outdoor space the solar lamp post fixtures are one of best choice in lighting!

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