Tips For Installing Solar Address Lights

Solar address lights make it much easier for people to find your house at night, yes, but they are also great in terms of adding features to your home to ensure safety. These types of address lights are extremely beneficial for emergency service workers, particularly if you live in an area where storms can cause power outages. In addition to this, they are terrific for ambiance, don't use electricity, and also are fairly easy to install. These units typically consist of a solar panel, wiring if it is needed, batteries that power the unit, and LED lights. Because the solar panels soak up the sun's energy, there is never a concern with electricity going out and your lights failing to function.

You use solar address lights as a sort of address identification. Like any mailbox or street number indicator, these address lights do come in a wide variety of styles and models. They can be found online, through retailers, or at your local home improvement center. They typically come in several colors: red, amber, green, blue or white. You can either have these put on the front of your home, posted as a sign in your yard, or you can have them attached to your mailbox. Additionally, there are a number of novelty types that appear to be small lanterns, or other decorative lawn accessories. Some can be purchased that outline your full street address, as well as your last name.

Installation is usually fairly simple. Solar powered address lights come in kits that will have useful instructions, or you can follow a couple of tips, here:

Before you install your solar powered address lights, examine the area where you want to put them both in the daylight and in the dark. You'll want to do this to be sure that the small solar panel that usually is located at the top of the light can get good sunlight exposure during the day. This is also a smart idea so that you can make sure that you are able to see the lettering and that they are not obscured by anything.

Using a level, make sure that the lettering is even. This is particularly important of the kind that adheres to the front of your home, as you'll be drilling the holes to install the lettering. If you take a level and make a straight line, you can be sure that you're not installing them at an incline or tilted. Once you have done this, walk out to the street level and view it from there for a better assessment.

If you're using the kind that mounts on posts, this won't be so much of an issue, but you'll still want to make sure that the panel has plenty of access to the daylight sun. Again, this is to ensure that your solar address lights stay brightly lit all night.

The benefits of solar address lights are numerous. Because they're usually fixed lights, you don't have to worry about replacing bulbs or burn outs. LED lights are used instead, and these long lasting lights don't get hot, so there is no fire hazard concern.


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