Adding lights to your fence illuminates your home at night, making it more visible, and aesthetically appealing, and can be used as a measure of security. Have you ever thought you could do all that by installing solar lights on your fence? With that in mind, how do you choose the best, and how do they work? We researched to provide you with the following answers.
To make an excellent choice on waterproof solar lighting to use, the following are some of the best options you can choose from:
- Motion sensor solar lights
- Solar-powered string lights
- Wall-mount fence post solar lights
- Lantern solar lights
- Solar deck lights
Having an in-depth understanding of solar lighting can help you make an informed choice on the best waterproof solar lights to install on your fence. Keep reading to know the factors to consider when purchasing the lights, and how they work.
What Are The Best Waterproof Solar Fence Lights?
Solar lights are environmentally safe. They don't use electricity, but sunlight to power them up and are an energy-efficient solution for lighting up your outdoors.
They improve visibility at night. You no longer have to grope in the dark using your torch or the phone light to move around your yard. By correctly positioning the solar panels, this great technology will light up your yard.
But, did you know they can get damaged by water? While this is possible, it is good to note that small amounts of water, like raindrops, cannot damage your solar lights. However, a large quantity of water can cause damage, for example, if too much water seeps inside.
If water gets inside the light through a crack, the circuits and wiring can get damaged. That is why you should opt for waterproof solar lights. This means they can work in wet weather, like when it is snowing or raining.
With many to choose from, which are the best to purchase? The best solar light is the one that best meets your needs. What works for others may not necessarily work for you.
Maybe you want to light up your home at night. You may also want your guests to have enough lighting when you entertain them outside. Or better still, you want more security in your home.
Because the reasons vary, you should pick what best works for you. Below are some of the best solar lights that are also waterproof:
1. Motion-Sensor Solar Lights
If you are concerned about the security in your home, but at a lower cost, you can install the Baxia Technology motion-sensor lights like the ones shown above. After the solar panels absorb sunlight during the day, the batteries have enough energy stored in them to illuminate your outdoors at night.
They are easy to install. All you need to do is secure the light on your fence using the screws that come with the lights.
These motion-sensor lights, light up immediately something moves. Any intruder will not go unnoticed. These lights normally have 3 modes of lighting.
There’s the dim mode that changes to the bright mode when the light detects motion in your yard. There’s also the off mode that changes into a bright mode when movement is detected. Finally, it can be in fully lit mode.
2. Solar-Powered String Lights
Are you having a birthday or holiday party or some friend’s over and need some lighting outside? Solar string lights on your fence could do the trick.
With a variety available, you can choose one that complements the theme of your party, like the Kolpop lights below. You can create a more cozy and festive mood by choosing lights that change color.
3. Wall Mount Fence Post Solar Lights
These types of lights are normally mounted on a fence. No wires are needed, and they come with screws that you securely mount your solar lights. You can arrange them on your fence, to have a neat pattern of lights that increases the ambiance of your yard, like the Quntis solar lights shown below.
They can withstand the rain, snow, and wind. As the night sets in, they automatically come on and turn off as the day breaks forth.
4. Lantern Solar Lights
If you prefer classic retro-style solar lights, you would love the lantern-like solar lights shaped like a lantern. They add an aesthetic appeal to your outdoors by shining light in a unique pattern. It is easy to install and turns on automatically at dusk and off at dawn.
5. Solar Deck Lights
Other than illuminating your deck, patio, or garden, solar deck lights are a good choice for your fence. You can install them almost anywhere by fixing the structure with screws and tape. They shine warmly and do not dazzle. They are waterproof and can withstand rain, light frosting, and snowing.
Factors To Consider When Choosing Fence Solar Lights
There are so many solar lights to choose from, and a few are mentioned in this post. What should you look for to install the most suitable solar lights for your home?
The following are some factors you can consider to help you make the right choice:
Do you need solar fence lights to improve the overall outlook of your outdoors at night? Are you looking to improve your security at night? Do you need them temporarily?
The purpose for which you need solar fence lights will guide you to identify the most suitable for your needs. You will then be able to choose your preferred design and the function you need it for.
How bright do you want your solar lights? Do you want a warm glow or a dazzling white shine? With that in mind, you will be able to pick those that have the brightness you need. And, if you are not sure, there are experts in solar lighting who can guide you.
Type of Solar Panel
Some solar lights come with miniature solar panels inbuilt within the fixture. Others come with external panels that you can place anywhere in your yard, as long as you place them conveniently to receive as much sunlight as possible.
If you choose the former, you will need to position the fixtures so that they can receive direct sunlight for most of the day.
In addition, there are three main types of solar panels that will give you different offerings to your fence solar lights as explained below:
Monocrystalline Solar Panels
As the name alludes, these solar panels are made from single or monocrystal silicon solar cells and are normally black. Even though they are expensive, they are highly efficient, have a high power output, and are more durable than the panels shown above.
Polycrystalline Solar Panels
These panels are blue and made from many fragments of silicon crystals. However, they are less efficient and have a shorter lifespan. This means they cannot generate as much energy from the sun as the monocrystalline panels.
Amorphous Solar Panels
These are made from a thin layer of silicon cells laid over a substrate such as glass, metal, or plastic. Unlike the other two types of solar panels, the monocrystalline and polycrystalline, the amorphous solar panels do not have any defined structure or form.
They are lightweight, thin, flexible, and suitable for applications that require low energy, such as calculators and watches. They are used in solar lights that are small in size.
Due to their low efficiency, they are rarely used to light up outdoor solar lights that need to be brighter.
Type Of Battery
You need to know how long the solar lights last before you can recharge. You might need a battery that can last the whole night or part of the night. However, don’t forget that batteries running to zero can shorten their life.
Batteries differ in performance, energy storage capacity, weight, and durability. Identify the most suitable batteries for the type of solar lights you have installed on your fence.
There are four main types of batteries that you can use for your outdoor solar lighting, starting with lead-acid batteries that store energy for a long time. Lithium-ion batteries are more powerful than lead batteries because they store more energy.
The nickel-cadmium batteries are durable and can work efficiently in extreme temperatures. The flow batteries are bigger and more costly. On the upside, they can dispense 100% of the energy stored without damaging the battery.
Features And Accessories
Some solar lights are operated manually, and others are automated. Some come with smart devices that you can control from your phone.
How Do Solar Lights Work?
The solar panels absorb the sunlight and converts it to electrical energy, which the battery stores. As dark falls, the panels will reduce the production of power. This triggers the battery to stop storing energy and instead turn on the light fixture. It will continue to illuminate light until the time set is over or until the battery is too low.
There are various reasons you would want to install solar lights on your fence. And, since you would only want the best, it is important to know the factors to consider when identifying the right solar lights for your yard. With many solar lights available, choose which suits your fencing needs.
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