As we begin our 4th year in business, we thought it would be a good time to review how the landscape of solar lighting has changed, and how our store, SolarFlairLighting.com is evolving to meet these changes. Below is a summary of the November 2013 issue of Illuminations, our quarterly newsletter. (And, we’re having sales now and more are on the way for later this week and next week.) Continue reading
While almost all solar lights claim to have “Super Bright LEDs,” it’s simply not true. While highly efficient, LEDs need help to provide high quality, bright lighting. Whether LEDs are used in solar lighting or more traditional fixtures, the fact is that LEDs alone can’t product quality light without some help. Find out what many people overlook when selecting solar lights: how reflection and refraction technology really are need to make solar lighting and LEDs truly “Super Bright.” (Note: if you watch this or any other YouTube Video in Google’s Chrome browser instead of Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc. they seem to crash one heck of a lot less. Hmm. I wonder why.)
One of the major advantages of solar lights is that most are incredibly easy to install, a simple DIY weekend project.
And, selecting solar lights over electrical fixtures means cost savings on far more than utility bills. Solar lighting means cost savings since:
- No Electricians to install power to remote/unlit areas
- No expenses to repair landscaping or hardscape damaged by laying electrical lines
- Rarely are any permits or inspections required.
But, there are rare exceptions when you should consult or hire a qualified electrician, plumber or even a lighting engineer.
The most common reason: when you retrofit an existing gas or electrical lamp with an eco-friendly and more energy efficient solar light. Find out what you really should should have a licensed professional take care of and why. Continue reading
Our store, SolarFlairLighting.com recently added two new lines of solar lighting from Gama Sonic to our inventory of solar lamps and solar lamp posts.
The first is the Prairie Solar Lamp, which comes in three styles. It features a simple, rustic design and warm-toned illumination unlike many solar lights.
We also offer all modes within the Imperial II Solar Lantern / Solar Lamp Series. Each lamp has 21 LEDs and emits the same amount of light as an 80 Watt incandescent or halogen bulb.
Find out more in this blog post or by viewing our short video on our YouTube Channel. Continue reading
Each week our sister site, SolarFlairLighting.com, posts tips about solar lighting.
Some tips address how to get the most from solar lighting at different times of the year. Others discuss the attributes of different types of solar lights and other solar products, including what to look for to get the most for your money.
We’ve been working on several new videos for a while now.
These short videos, many summaries of posts on this site. Videos supplement detailed text and let people see many thoughts, ideas and images quickly. Continue reading
Resellers usually agree to MAP pricing when they enter contracts with manufacturers and distributors. The deal: you can go well below the MSRP, but you can’t go below a certain price point.
Unfortunately, not all stores honor the promise they make to uphold MAPs. This post discusses why MAPs are valuable for consumers AND merchants, and what we think about stores who break contractual commitments.
We’ve updated our site to reflect new product selections and prices for Gama Sonic Solar Lamps and Solar Lamp Posts to reflect 2013 product selections and new prices, as well as our handy reference guide to help you determine which one is best for you.
While prices rose for a few products, many prices dropped due to increased efficiencies in manufacturing. To be frank, given the cost of raw materials used in solar lamps, from the cast aluminum housing, to quality mono crystalline solar panels, to other metals used in circuitry, we had expected price increases across the board.
And, all of these products are sold by SolarFlairLighting.com with free shipping and discounts when several products are purchased.
The solar accent lights, originally selling at $3.99 were on sale for $2.99 each. I bought one to compare them to the ones we use for our own own home. At checkout, the clerk told me “people haven’t been that happy with those.”
I figured as much. Right now, I’m letting the discount light’s battery get a good strong 2-day solar before posting a detailed comparison between a discount light and quality solar light.
But, I did decide it was time to write this post, which I’ve been putting off for a while: There are significant advantages to buying solar lights made and sold by solar lighting specialists. Continue reading
All solar lights work best when they are placed and used properly. While summertime has the strongest sunlight, you can maximize the advantages of solar lighting throughout the year.
Solar lighting technology has come a long way over the past couple of years. Better ways to use LED lighting, more weather-tight construction, and better designs make it the smart choice. When going solar, make sure that you buy quality products that use the latest in technology and design for both the light source and the housing.
Like many evolving technologies, solar lighting is definitely one where you get what you pay for in terms of appearance, reliability, product lifespan, and light quality.
Regardless of what type of solar lighting fixture you purchase, there are easy things you can do to get the most from your solar lights.