Time to Adjust Motion-Activated Lights for Winter Temps

The cold, not the bogie man, makes motion activated security lights turn on more frequentlyIt’s Not Your Imagination and It’s Not the Boogie Man

It isn’t your imagination: your motion-activated spotlights and floodlights used for security or safety are indeed turning on more often then usual. These lights are often get more touchy when the weather gets cold.

The reason is simple: Passive Infrared Sensors (PIRs) don’t actually pick up movement. Instead they sense when heat passes through the area. This means that when temperatures drop, small animals that the sensor would ignore most of the time may often turn the lights on.

Here’s some ways to save energy and makes sure that your solar security lights work better this winter. Continue reading

Check Out November Illuminations Newletter on Solar Lights

Illuminations Newsletter BannerIlluminations, Newsletter of SolarFlairLighting.com

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

Solar Lighting Tips

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.

Many of these tips are directly from or have been the Understanding Solar Lighting page of SolarLightingSmart.com.

Based on customer requests, we now will be listing all Solar Tips of the Week on this site SolarLightingSmart.com.

New Solar Lighting Videos Available, More To Come Soon


We’re Starting to Move Posts to Video

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

Nuclear Plants, Other Utilities, Rely on Solar Lights for Security

nuclear plants and others using solar lighting for perimeter security

Nuclear Plants, Other Utilities, Use Solar Lights for Security

Whether or not you support or hate nuclear power, most nuclear plants in the United States aren’t going anywhere any time soon. The purpose of this article is not to debate the pros and cons of nuclear power.

The subject actually is a bit ironic: did you know that several nuclear power plants and major utility centers around the country are now or soon will use solar lighting for perimeter security, particularly as back-up when there are natural or intentional power outages.

While much information is publicly available (but difficult to find) about which plants are doing what and where, we are not publishing it in this article.  We found out in a round-about way and did research to see how prominent the practice of using solar for perimeter lights actually is.

And for every utility that we identified, we are sure there are several for which the information is still, probably rightfully so, private. Continue reading

Go Green this Holiday Season with Solar Gifts!

Go Green this Holiday Season with Solar Gifts!

Go Green with this Holiday Season with Great Solar Gifts!

Silver, gold, red and green are traditional colors for the winter holidays.  This year, why not Go Green with a solar gift?

There are a lot of solar items to choose from these days, from the strictly practical to the purely fun. From solar toys to flashlights and battery chargers, you can put a smile on even the most “hard to shop for” people this year.

Not only are there more solar items to choose from than in the past, the quality of many items has dramatically increased as solar technology continues to improve.

Remember that with solar products, you often get what you pay for.  If you see two products that seem virtually identical expect for a large price difference, look closer at the product description.

It’s said that the “Devil’s in the Details,” and the more costly product most likely uses superior solar technology, meaning your gift will probably work better and last longer if you choose the higher price options.

And, if you are doing online price comparisons, look carefully at whether shipping is included or extra, as that can often add 10 or 15 dollars (sometimes more) to your total cost.  Here are some things that we will be giving this holiday season.  Continue reading

Solar Lighting: Meet Your Expectations

solar lighting, which way to go?If people are less than happy with  their first experience with  outdoor solar lighting, I ask them two questions:

  • Are you using them properly?
  • What did you expect from the product you bought?

Often, what they bought was not meant to provide the type of illumination they wanted, so of course they were disappointed.

Many people first purchase solar accent lights, typically the pick the most inexpensive types of outdoor solar lighting.

In a way, this makes sense:  why spend money on overhead lights, security lights or lamp posts until you are comfortable with solar lighting technology?

Get What You Need!

What a lot of people don’t understand is that there is a huge difference between solar accent lights and more expensive solar security lights (flood lights, spotlights), or solar lamps.  Not only in cost, but in the types of light provided.

Here is a brief primer on the most common types of outdoor solar lighting and what buyers should and should not expect from each.

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