Before anything else, you have to know that the trend today leans more and more towards the use of solar technology in garden lighting projects. The reason for this growing preference is intimately connected to the fact that the technology for producing LED (low emission diode) bulbs which are used for solar lighting has managed to make that critical leap from being experimental to being satisfactory for ordinary use.
LED lights today have increased candle or lumen power
The LED bulbs we have today are capable of lumen (illuminating power of light, different from the glare of light) output closely approaching that of fluorescent bulbs. In fact, with the phase-out of incandescent bulbs currently ongoing, the only lighting options we may have in the near future are compact fluorescent lights and LED lights.
LED versus fluorescent lights
Led lights do not emit their heat. Even for use inside the house, they are ideal. Scientific studies have also suggested that fluorescent lamps may be harmful to human eyes because our eyes need to adapt themselves to the kind of lighting that these lamps produce. Unlike fluorescent lamps, LED bulbs do not contain poisonous mercury. Broken fluorescent lamps can cause wounds that won’t heal easily.
On the opposite side, fluorescent lamps are brighter than LED lights. However, the current brightness of our best LED lights is more than adequate for directional lighting uses.
LED lights are particularly suitable for landscaping
The characteristics of solar lights make them particularly suited for garden lighting.
First of all, because they are not connected to an electrical outlet, they may be rendered water-impermeable and made to float on garden grottoes and artificial ponds. They may also be used to illuminate the water in a pond from underneath without any risk of electrifying the water. Water-proofed led lights may safely be left outdoors without the risk of running a short from being rained upon.
Solar lights are directional. They are less ideal for lighting an entire room than for focusing light on a specific area. They are therefore, extremely appropriate for artistic lighting wherein the different colors of the lights should not diffuse into one another in order to depict faithfully the character of the artist’s vision.
They render colors in a more faithful way, especially when it is dark. This is in contrast to the effect of fluorescent lamps which tend to show objects with a starkness. Even at night, the natural colors of flowers can be distinguished although bathed in a slightly dimmer version of daylight.
As the temperature of the environment drops, the brightness of LED lights increases. This effect is precisely what is needed for lighting the outdoors at night. It also follows that solar lights are better suited for garden lighting during winter when they glow brighter. In fact, due to this characteristic of LED lights and together with their portability and water-proofing, they make the most ideal Christmas lights. And you will never need to worry that children will be electrocuted, even if they play with them.