Solar light posts are a great way to light up areas around the exterior of your home without having to tap into the electrical grid. As with other types of best outdoor solar lighting, solar light posts use the power of the sun to keep the lights burning bright all night long. You can install outdoor solar light posts just about anywhere that you need some extra light, since they require no wiring and require nothing nearby to attach the light to since the whole unit is self-contained. This means that all you need to do is to secure the light post firmly into the ground and you’ve got an instant source of light along your driveway, walkway, patio or anywhere outside that you can use some extra light.
What Are Solar Light Posts?
While you’re out shopping, you may also find these lights referred to as solar lamp post lights, solar lamp lights, solar post lights, solar lamp posts or solar lantern post lights. While these differing names for the same type of lighting may seem confusing, they needn’t be. All you have to know is that no matter what they are called, the lights consist of a freestanding post that holds a light on top (usually a lamp or lantern) and that it is powered by solar energy from the sun. So, whether they have the words “lamp”, “light” or “lantern” in them, and whether the word “post” comes last or in the middle, they are all basically referring to the same type of outdoor lighting.
To confuse things even more, you may also find solar light post caps, which are a bit different than the tall lights mentioned here. Solar light post caps or covers refer to solar lights that are placed on top of deck posts.
How Bright Are Solar Post Lights?
You will find some solar post lights with LED bulbs and these are usually brighter and more efficient. Some styles will also have a reflector within the lamp to make the light appear brighter. Solar lights in general have notoriously been known in the past to not give off as bright a light as electrically wired lights, but with advances in solar technology and more efficient LED bulbs, as well as the use of reflectors in some lights, you should have no problem finding a solar post light that is bright enough for your needs. Some people do prefer the dimmer light that solar lights provide for this type of outdoor lighting because it gives off a more subtle and intimate light that works perfectly with post lighting in some spaces. You can even buy solar light posts with motion sensors that will give off a brighter light when motion is detected nearby, or will otherwise just provide a soft, dim glow to light up your outdoor spaces and provide a cozier atmosphere.
Where Can Solar Light Posts Be Used?
The good news is that you can install solar light posts just about anywhere that you need some outdoor light. All that you need is an area that gets enough daytime sunlight to allow the solar cell to store enough energy so that the lights can run during the night. Other than that, since solar light posts are a self contained unit (meaning they don’t need to attach to a wall or an overhead structure), you just need a place to secure them to the ground and you’re good to go! Here are some of the common places that you can use solar light posts:
- Along driveways, walkways and pathways
- Around a patio or deck
- Around a pool
- Near a gazebo or garden pond
- Nestled in the garden
- Near the front or back door
- Anywhere you can use some extra outside lighting
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Does Solar Post Lighting Come In Many Styles?
There are many styles of solar light posts for outdoor use. Design styles of solar post lighting can range from traditional or Victorian styles to contemporary or transitional ones. You will find both single and double solar post lights available as well, meaning that some lights will have a single lamp nestled on the top of the light post, while others will have two lamps or lanterns – still others can even have three or four lights attached to the top of the post. This lighting can come in a variety of finishes, including brass, nickel, bronze, chrome, wrought iron and other decorative finishes and the lamps or lanterns that sit on top of the posts can offer many design options as well. Most solar light posts are about 5 – 7 feet high and some are adjustable height, allowing you to determine the best height for your particular lighting needs.