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3 Steps to Getting the Best out of Outdoor Solar Lights

To get the best out of any type of solar lighting and outdoor solar lights in particular, you need to first understand that solar lighting systems have taken some huge steps forward in recent years. As the systems have improved, so the applications that this type of technology is suitable for have increased. There is now a solar light fixing to replace virtually any type of light that is powered by a conventional electricity supply.

1. Decide what type of system you want to install.

Do you want to install a complete solar power system for your home that will provide almost all the electricity for your home (some homes can be totally self sufficient), or do you just want to replace individual lights and power them with solar energy. If you are only interested in replacing some of your lighting, probably the easiest place to start is with outdoor lighting, as this is cheaper to install and the units have built in solar cells which make them fully self contained units. Fixings such as the solar driveway lighting is ideal if you are considering this.

2. Set the budget you want to spend and stick to it!

If you fix a budget before you start your scheme, you are much more likely to avoid a large overspend. The amount you decide to fix for your budget depends very much on how far you decide to go, but as a ball park figure you could be spending as little as a few hundred dollars to fully light the outside of your home, or as much as $10,000 net for a full home installation. If you decide to opt for a full install, don't forget to investigate any state or federal grants that might be available. In some states you can receive up to $10,000 in rebates for installing a solar energy system.

3. Get at least 3 quotes.

Before you commission any work, you should seek advice from at least 3 different solar energy contractors. I have seen some wild fluctuations in contractor's quotes, so this is an extremely important step. In my opinion you should never accept the cheapest quote and always ask for references or better still, ask to see examples of the best solar solar lighting systems they have previous installed.

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