Posts filed under ‘Alternative Energy’

3 Bullet Points to Understanding Solar Lighting

Here’s a quick bit of information on how solar lighting works, with a more in depth explanation to follow:

  • There are rechargeable batteries inside the fixture
  • These rechargeable batteries are charged each day as the solar panel gets energy from the sun
  • At night, when the panel is not effected by solar energy, the lights automatically go on, and are powered by the rechargeable batteries

Two quick things that may stick out as you read this:

  1. Light must necessarily be bright to charge the batteries.  It is definitely the case that the more direct sunlight your solar panel can get, the brighter your light will be that night.
  2. The lights go on automatically when the panel does not sense solar energy.  This brings us to a good point about solar lights…that the less ambient light your lights are affected by at night, the better.

Hope this helps.  More information and a good amount of products can be found at YCA Solar Light Store.


January 12, 2009 at 10:44 pm Leave a comment

Thinking of Buying Solar Landscape Lights?

Here are some tips and things to think about when looking to purchase solar lights:

1 – Solar landscape lights can increase visibility and safety on pathways, in your garden, deck area, or yard as well as being highly cost efficient to help reduce electric bills.

2 – The batteries in solar lights recharge during the day. Their battery should have hold enough charge to power the bright LED lights all throughout the night… up to 12 hours.

3 – Depending on the model several solar lights can be charged from one single solar panel. Automatic on/off switching eliminates the need to setup timers. Weatherproof/waterproof lights make them basically “worry free.”

4 – One of the best features of solar landsape lighting is not just their visability but also their versatility and ease of use anywhere. No electrical wires and extension cords make placing them almost anywhere in the yard or on a deck a breeze.

5 – How versatile? Extremely!
Solar landscape lighting can be installed not only on the ground, but on walls and fences, decks or patios. Lights placed on a path or hanging aong a sidewalk.

6 – Place path lights or hanging lights along a sidewalk to illuminate a safe walking path or highlight a part of your garden with solar spot or flood lights.

7 – The choices now available for solar lighting is wide. The offerings feature stylish designs and finishes in black, silver, brown, copper, white, or even antique finishes all designed to enhance not only the look but lighting in your landscape… from the backyard, outdoor deck, frontyard or entrance to your front door.

8 – How much light does a solar light produce? The “lights” used in the design of solar lights are LED’s… the more LED’s a light has the more light and area it will illuminate.

Those are some good tips.

I think what’s really great about having solar lights in your yard is that not only are they practical, useful, and money saving, but they are something simple you can do that encourages others to do the same.

When I first lined my back yard with these lights, my friends were blown away with how much light an “environmentally friendly” product like this actually emitted!  What happened next?  You guessed it, they all went ahead and got the lights as well.

One small step at a time, my friends, we can change the way environmentally friendly products are absorbed into the mainstream.

Be well, and as always, let me know what you think of my site.

June 11, 2008 at 12:32 am Leave a comment

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Shares her Top 5 Tips on Going Green

Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Elayne) was on Jay Leno recently and described her 5 tips for going green.

Here they are:

1. Buy Compact Flourescent Light (CFL) Bulbs! They last longer and draw less energy.

2. Turn your thermostat up two degrees or down two degrees depending on the season. Learn to open a window or put on a sweater instead!

3. Give up your plastic bags! Bring your own reusable bags when you go shopping, and if you forget and must choose between paper and plastic, choose paper.

4. Unplug all electronics, including chargers, when not in use. Even if you are not charging things, they are drawing energy!

5. Recycle your old cell phones for free! Go to, print out a FREE pre-paid postage label, drop your phone in an envelope, stick the label on, and mail it in!

And if I were to add my own, I’d suggest you buy solar lights for your back yard or patio!

June 5, 2008 at 8:11 pm 1 comment