Solar lights have become a popular lighting option amongst many people. However, even today, there are a lot of misinformation and myths going around regarding solar energy. Solar energy has managed to become the best established source of renewable energy in the country. In this blog, let us know a few truths about solar lighting.
You want a green option but cannot justify the costs
We cannot deny the truth that solar lights are costlier than regular lights. However, this cost is covered over the years because it lessens the burden of electric bill and the maintenance costs are very limited for the next 25 years. As the costs of non-renewable sources of energy are growing and the resource scarcity has grown over the years, solar power is a great alternative energy option which can easily justify the costs. For those who do not want to do a large-scale investment or for those who are still hesitant about the complete benefits of utilizing solar energy, there are many affordable solar garden lights and all in one solar street lights available now.
What do you do when there is no power nearby?
Solar lighting can come to your rescue when there is a power outage. While installing conventional lights, cable trenching and pulling electrical wires become too costly and if any damage is caused, that is also an extra expense which needs to be taken care of. Therefore, considering all such situations, solar lighting systems have been found to be a smart and convenient investment. This all in one system can illuminate an entire area even when there is no electricity around the place. It does not require trenching or wiring and is not connected to an electrical grid. Solar lights can be installed independently on one single pole or a wall. There is no risk of interdependency weakness as the lights are not connected with each other and each solar light functions on its own solely based on the solar energy received by the panels.
I already have electric but want to use solar lights instead
If we are already using grid electricity, then using of solar lights will not really help in saving money. The payoff or ROI will be long around 10 years or more when electricity already exists in that home. So, instead we can do a couple of things without going off the grid. First, we can switch to LED fixtures in order to lower the energy consumption. We can also switch to grid-tied solar lighting systems that can feed the grid during the day and then the lights draw from the grid at night. Another way where the grid and solar lighting can work together is by using a battery backup system to charge the batteries. Above mentioned are some of the ways where blackouts can be prevented and we do not have to stay in the dark anymore.
It is a fact that solar street light need a higher initial investment when compared to conventional street lights. This is mainly because of the higher cost of solar panels and batteries. In view of the fact that solar lights harness inexhaustible, free solar energy, they can be cost effective in the long run. There are no additional costs or manual intervention required after the plug-in-and-play installation of solar lights and hence, they save operation and maintenance costs.