Solar Lights and Taking Out Trash at Night

| July 22, 2010

I’ve rekindled my love affair with solar power and solar lights. Like most folks, I’ve got the obligatory solar lights that line front walkway to my house. It works well and provides sufficient light since I live in an area with no street lights.

That was the extent of my solar light affair until recently. Things have improved in the years since I bought my first set of solar lights. Now I’m venturing into lighting the back of my house.

Good Bye Flood LightFlood Lights

You see, we have a floodlight on the back of the house. This floodlight is not solar powered and it is also not calibrated correctly. Every time an animal, small or large walks by, my flood light turns on. Heck, moths even cause the flood lights to kick on.

That wouldn’t be so bad but the bright light is located in an area that causes it to reflect back into the house and that’s quite annoying. In addition to the bright lights reflecting in the house, it seems to stay on for about a half hour before it shuts off.

No Light on the Trash

You would think that a flood light that is sensitive enough to kick on when a moth flies by that it would kick on when I take the trash out at night. Well, it doesn’t. I have to either run out into the dark to trigger it or go back upstairs, wave my hand by the light. Once the light kicks on and I’m done taking out the trash, then I’m stuck with the bright light for a half hour.

Rekindling My Solar Light Love Affair

The other day while I was in Home Depot I came across solar spotlights (Amazon also has a nice selection of solar lights). When I saw the lights, I had originally intended to use them in an entirely different area of the yard. However, after encountering a furry animal while taking trash out one night, I decided to use the spotlight to illuminate my trash area.

Solar Spot LightsThe set I bought comes with three solar lights. While the spotlight shines brighter than my front pathway lights, it is nowhere as bright as a floodlight. It’s just the right amount of light to allow me to see what I need to see.

The spotlight set comes with three spot lights and a remote solar panel. This setup worked perfectly. I was able to affix the light to my porch in such a fashion to shine down on the driveway and the trash area. The solar panel is hidden in the flower box on the porch facing a southerly direction.

After allowing the panel to charge, I turned off the annoying floodlight and decided to take out the trash. It’s amazing how such a small investment ($39) has made taking out the trash at night a much more pleasant experience. Well sort of, after all, how pleasant can taking out the trash be?

Today the trash, tomorrow the entire yard! As a matter of fact, I came across a solar powered water pump that will allow me to create a small water fountain for my front garden.

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Category: Efficiency, Lights, Saving Energy, Solar

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Felicia is a bit of a tree hugger and likes to share ways to lighten the toxic burden on the environment.

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