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Solar powered luminaires
Solar-powered luminaires are probably the most economical way to organise lighting in your yard, terrace or garden. Simple and easy to use. Solar lighting, like any other installation, has its advantages and disadvantages. To make the right choice, you need to carefully research and evaluate both.
Swedish manufacturer StarTrading is constantly working to address potential shortcomings of solar lamps and improve their efficiency. The devices are equipped with multiple batteries, a durable housing made of materials that are not affected by temperature changes, humidity and other factors.
How to choose solar lighting
By type of construction. In-ground solar garden lights have a leg that simply slides into the ground. These models are perfect for lighting and decorating garden paths and plant and flower beds.
Wall-mounted led solar lights - attached to house fronts, verandas, extensions and other vertical surfaces. These luminaires can be used, for example, to illuminate the porch and front door of a house.
Built-in solar garden lights - mounted on a vertical or horizontal surface: path cover, pergola ceiling, stair treads, etc. These models are functional and decorative.
For a solar-powered lantern to work properly, you need to choose carefully where to install it. The shade can affect the battery's charging rate and condition. And if the battery is not fully charged, the luminaire will not provide the required illumination of the area.
This parameter determines the intensity (brightness) of the illumination. The brightness of the LED is measured in lumens (lm). An LED lamp with a luminous flux of 400 lumens shines as brightly as a 40W incandescent lamp.
The luminaire housings are made of different materials: stainless steel, high-strength plastics, wood and various metal alloys. The choice of material for solar lighting should also focus on the surrounding environment, how it will fit into the overall landscape.
By IP protection class
Solar luminaires intended for outdoor use must be adapted to the negative effects of external factors (high humidity, extreme temperatures, dust, dirt, etc.). The conditions under which a particular luminaire can be used can be judged by the IP index assigned to all types of luminaires.
IP - luminaire dust and moisture protection class. The numerical value of the index indicates the permissible operating conditions. For outdoor lamps, the minimum protection class is IP44. You can find out the IP of a particular lamp from the specification listed.
The larger the capacity of the solar cell, the longer the lamp will operate in the dark. The battery capacity is measured in mAh, the higher the mAh, the longer the device will run. Batteries can be changed for more powerful ones.
Lamps with sensors
Lamps equipped with light and motion sensors are available for the convenience of users. These devices switch on when it gets dark and switch off when there is enough light outside. They can also work only when necessary, lighting up when a moving object comes into their "field of vision" and switching off after a while.
Solar-powered luminaires are a complete and functional option for organising garden area lighting. Of course, these devices are not without their drawbacks, but with a competent approach to selection and placement they can become a functional lighting solution for your area.