Alright this is john kohler with growingyourgreens . have an update to my garden here. what i’m doing today is I’m putting in some LED solar lights. So I like the LED solar lights and what LED stands for is Light Emitting Diode. So unlike a light bulb these actually use very little amount of energy to make actually. So they’re the most efficient way of lighting. Hopefully everybody out there has florescent lighting in their house which is a lot, basically saves more power than the incandescent lights of yesteryear. But the LED lights are the.
New wave of the future. now they’re not quite coming out for the home screw in bulb types yet, they are available but they’re really expensive. But for garden lighting and things like that, works really well. These are the ones I’m going to try here. These actually are called solar deck and stair lights, a set of two. I got these at Lowe’s but they also have ones at Home Depot and stuff. What I did before I started to install these is I got four of them. So I up them on this bed here at the ends and let’s see,.
So i put them here on the beds at the ends and we tried them out for a while. i like how they look. They have two LEDs in there and these are really trick because what it is is the solar panel is actually inside this fixture. So you can kind of see there the solar panel’s in there, so in the day time the solar panel charges up the battery which is in the back and it’s just a standard AA battery and then you just push this to turn it on. Then basically at night they turn on and in the day time.
They turn off. in the daytime they’re charging and night they come on. So it gives a nice, basically path lighting illumination. Now this isn’t super bright and it’s not going to blind you but it gives some nice accent or decor lighting. So it’s really smart. I’m just putting them at the end of each bed here. So have like a main walkway, it’s going to be light up, so it’s going to look really cool. So that’s the solar lights that I’m installing today. Let me show you some other different kinds.
Of solar lights here and here’s one actually right here. these are basically solar stick in lights that you could get and these are really a garden accent because they’re not really too functional. They have a solar panel on the top and we could unscrew this here for you and show you. Basically it has a, that’s the LED right there and the little battery and if you cover the top it basically it comes on at night, so you can see it kinds of lights up. But it’s really, really dim and then we could take the hand away.
But yeah, these are really just for accent lighting, not going to be too functional and these ones were a dollar but sometimes they’re as cheap as three dollars. But these definitely, if want some kind of lighting to do something like the little path lights I got they’re more functional. These ones are just pretty much for decoration. I got a couple to screw around with but they’re not really that cool. Another reason why solar lighting is really cool is because you don’t have to run any wires to it, unlike low voltage systems that.
You actually have to have a transformer plugged into your house and that it actually sucks electricity from your house which actually you’re paying for. The solar lighting runs from the sun, which is basically free energy. You’re getting the sun, goes to this solar panel, the solar panel basically charges the AA battery in most solar LED lights and then that battery runs the light at night and then the next day basically the battery’s, basically a lot of it’s used up and then the sun hits the solar panel again, charges up that battery.
And it could keep happening over and over and over again. the other thing you want to notice is that you want to try to keep your solar panels on the top clean. If they get dust or film on them they’re not going to be as effective. So here’s another place in my yard where I have some solar lighting. This is actually a more functional light and this is, this right here is a solar security light. It’s right here, it has a LED panel so I don’t even know, it has a whole bunch of LEDs on.