Solar lights are a great way to save energy and add incredible beauty to your outdoor living space. There are so many manufactuers nowadays, that literally there are dozens of varieties of styles, shapes, and sizes of this type of lighting. Just a few examples of such lighting can span from "close to the ground" posts which provide an indirect shadow light to the immediate area or they can be as huge as a front yard light which provides illumination to major sections of your lawn. Another interesting style are solar spot lights. They can be frequently used to light focal points of your yard such as a flag pole, a tree, or a landscape island. If you live in a very rural area, some solar lights are extremely useful in marking pathways such as your driveway or sidewalk to your front door. The darker your surrounding area, the more useful the lights become.

The best part about solar lights is the fact that it takes no electricity to use them. Sure there is an upfront cost to buy the lights, but that same cost would be spent also acquiring regular powered lights. In the case of solar lights, once you have them, the cost to actually use them is all provided by the power of the sun. In other words its free!

The way that these lights work is that they have a small solar receptor cell that charges an internal battery during the day from the sun's light. As the sun sets, the solar panels then become inactive and the energy from the batteries in turn begin to light the LED or bulb inside the light housing. The amount of time and intensity of the lighting then depends on how much sunlight they received during the day. The best positioning of the lights is to put them in as much direct contact with the sun in the daytime so that they get as fully charged as possible. Remember, if they don't get the proper amount of sun during the day, they will not illuminate at night.

What about cloudy days or rain? As with most things, the higher the quality of solar lights you initially purchase, the better results you'll get on days such as this. Some brands from well known retailers are waterproof and have high quality solar cells in them which mean that "bad" weather days still provide enough energy for the solar lights to work effiiciently. You need to sort out the budget that you have and figure out what makes sense for you. Online retailers are a great source of quality products as well as incredible pricing. Also the rechargable batteries inside these lights can vary in quality too, so make sure you evaluate this factor when weighing your purchasing decision.

In summary, solar lights can greatly enhance the appearance of any patio, garden, deck, or outdoor area and save energy too. They are very easy to install and position in your living space and do not require complex wiring systems that low voltage lighting installations do. Investigate the many purchasing options you have and don't be afraid to use the Internet for ideas, guides, and best of all...good prices!