Solar Lighting Comparisons

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There are two key factors when comparing different solar lights. They are the quality and brightness of the LED’s being used and the quality of the battery being used. While 2 lights can have the same number of LED’s in them, the actual light output can be totally different depending on the quality of the LED’s. That is why it is very important to trust the company that you are purchasing the solar light from.

The rechargeable batteries are the major cause for failure in solar lights. Rechargeable solar batteries will self-discharge which means that over time the batteries will discharge to a point where they no longer work. It is important to ensure you charge your solar lights at least every month to ensure the battery stays in good shape and lasts its life span.

There are 3 main types of batteries used in solar lighting – Nickel based batteries (NiCad, NiMH), Lead Acid and Lithium-Ion. Although they may cost more upfront, Lithium-Ion batteries are easily the pick of the three for solar lighting as they give you a better performance over time and a longer lifespan. They are also much lighter in weight and more environmentally friendly than the Nickel based batteries. This is why you find such variances in the costs of solar lights and also the performance of them.

When comparing LED strip lighting there are two things to consider. The quality of the strip itself and the brightness of the LED’s. The easiest way to compare the quality of the strip lighting is to look at the IP rating given. Our IP68 rated strip lighting is of the highest quality as it is a silicon filled strip light that can be completely submerged in water. This is the only strip lighting I would recommend if you were to permanently install it outside, especially around pool areas or on boats. Our IP65 strip lighting kits are a silicon coated strip. This means they can come in contact with water and moisture won’t affect them, but they cannot be submerged in water. This makes them perfect for kitchen, bathroom or around the house use. They can be used outdoors, however if they are in the weather I would strongly recommend IP68 strips to ensure long life.

The light output of an LED strip light is determined by the brightness of the LED chips used and the amount of LED’s/metre used. Commonly there are 2 types of chips used in LED lighting and that is the 3528 and the 5050 chips. The 3528 is the most common chip used, but if you really want to step the light up to the next level then you must go up to the 5050 chip. It will give you a much higher light output, keeping in mind that it will draw more power also. Obviously once you decide which chip you require the higher number of LED’s/meter will give you a brighter light.

LED bulbs are a fantastic and easy way to reduce the power consumption of your home or business. They generally use about 90% less power than their halogen or incandescent counter parts and last up to 50 times longer. They are also a lot more environmentally friendly by not emitting any heat or UV and not using any harmful chemicals such as mercury. While the energy savings compared to compact fluoros are about 50% instead of 90%, their much longer lifespan makes them a far better option. LED’s are a no brainer for any business as they will have a very fast return in situations where the lights are running for long hours each day. Especially places with lots of halogen downlights as the reduction in heat by going to LED can save you $$$ off your air conditioning costs.