Installing Solar Light Fixtures

Many people in this day and age are becoming more and more aware of the need to conserve electricity.  One way in which people are conserving electricity and saving money on their utility bills is with solar lighting.  It can be more cost effective to light an area with a solar light than it can be with traditional lighting fixtures.  Solar garden lights are just one example of how you can use solar lighting around your home to save on your utility bill.

Let’s talk for a minute about solar lighting installation.  Believe it or not, installing solar lighting can be easier than installing regular lighting.  This is because you don’t generally have to tap into your home’s existing wiring system to install solar lighting.  Most solar lighting is self contained meaning that it has its own power source, battery, and switch.

Let’s say for example that you want to install a solar light on your porch.  The solar light fixture that you purchase will come with a small solar panel and some mounting hardware.  The solar panel will be connected via a cord to the actual light fixture.  All that is necessary to install this type of lighting is to first decide where you want to mount the solar panel.  Many solar lights have a long cord so that you can mount the solar panel in a location where it will get plenty of sun.  Since you have a long cord to work with, you can still install the light fixture wherever you like even if that happens to be in a shady area.

After you have decided where you want to mount the solar panel, simply screw the supplied mounting bracket to a solid surface and point the solar panel in the direction that receives the most sun.  There’s often a locking bolt that you can tighten down to keep the solar panel from blowing around and changing locations from the wind.

Next all you have to do is mount the solar light fixture in the area where you would like to have light.  It will also come with mounting screws.  Place the fixture where you like it and screw it to a solid surface.

It’s natural to want to test the light right away to find out if you did the installation correctly but chances are right that the battery will be dead.  You’ll have to be patient for this step and let the solar panel charge the battery for several hours.  Most solar lights have a photoelectric eye that prevents them from being turned on during the day.  Once the sun goes down, you can test your light and make any adjustments that you might need to make at that time.

There you have it, that’s all there is to installing a solar light.

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