How Solar Lighting Is Empowering People

How Solar Lighting Is Empowering People

October 24, 2020

Solar lighting may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to empowerment. But, rest assured, solar lighting is allowing people to take control of many aspects of their lives and feel empowered. From more financial security to feeling more safe in and around their homes solar lighting has many benefits to offer and different ways to make your life easier. 

The solar lights take energy from the sun into a photovoltaic cell and convert it to electrical energy. The solar energy is captured in the light and once it becomes dark outside it will automatically turn on. There are also options for solar motion sensored lights that do the same thing, but only turn on when motion is detected. There are also different forms including wall mounted, deck mounted, and stair mounted. 

Money Savings

With the COVID-19 pandemic upon us the economy has become a struggle. This means that there is even less free spending money to go around and we have to be cautious where our money is spent. Solar power lighting is actually a money saving way to add lighting to your home. A solar powered light is a one time investment that includes everything you need. The light bulbs and electrical unit are all built in so there is no need to purchase extra batteries or light bulbs which can certainly add up. With the extra money in your pockets you can feel empowered to provide a good quality of life and lighting to your family. 

Self Installation

Learning a new skill is one of the most empowering things someone can do. Solar powered lights are easy to install and can be done by yourself. There is no hard wiring needed so you will not have to hire an electrician or handyman to complete this task for you. With a hammer and a screwdriver or drill you will be all set to self install your solar light. By the end of the process you will feel accomplished for completing your task and feel empowered that you can tackle anything that life throws at you. 

Sustainability

Not knowing where to start when it comes to sustainability is something that many people struggle with. Switching to solar powered lighting is an easy switch that can pave the way to living a more sustainable lifestyle. Because there is no electricity being used and less waste in batteries and lightbulbs you are on your way to being an eco friendly warrior. Once you take the first step of changing to LEDs and solar power it will be easy to continue on the change cascade. Sometimes taking the first step in something new is the most difficult. 

Fewer Responsibilities

While we may be home a lot of the time it can still feel like there is not enough time in the day. Tending to the outdoor lights is certainly on the bottom of the want to do list, especially when there are more pressing things to do. Solar lighting requires very little maintenance and can allow the owner to maintain their regular schedule without worrying about when it will need to be tended to next. While it may seem like a small thing, the less you have to do, the more empowered you feel to live your life the way you want to. 

Changing Lightbulbs 

Changing the light bulb of a light can be time consuming and expensive. LED light bulbs last up to 25 times longer than the average incandescent bulb so you will never have to worry about it going out or risk being electrocuted during a change. 

Replacing Batteries

Replacing Batteries is another hassle that comes with many lights. A single pack of batteries for one change can cost about fifteen to twenty dollars. Fortunately solar lights do not need batteries as the sun works as the energy source. This is an amazing way that these lights reduce your responsibility and commitment to future purchases for maintenance.

Necessary Maintenance

Since you have heard all about what you do not have to do it is only fair to set realistic expectations of the necessary maintenance. About once every month or every other month it is advised to wipe off the solar cell and sensor with a damp cloth or paper towel to remove any excess dirt, grime, or hard water build up. By doing so you will ensure that light can be seen through the film and your light will continue to work in excellent condition. You can even set a monthly reminder on your phone to remind you of the simple task so that it is one less thing that has to be remembered. 

Feeling Safe

Think about walking down a neighborhood street. The street lights make you feel safe because you know what is coming and you can tell if someone is lurking around. Now imagine walking down the road in the pitch dark and if your feeling of security would change. Light plays a large impact of feeling safe, and solar lights can have the same effect for your home. Arriving at a well lit home is welcoming and makes you feel that you are in a safe location. Below are just a few ways that the solar lighting can increase your safety at night. 

Know Where You Are Walking

Forgetting to turn your outdoor light on before you leave is one of the worst feelings. Fumbling through the dark, perhaps with your phone flashlight guiding the way, your ability to move gracefully is diminished. The motion detecting lights will turn on when you approach and always be ready for action when you arrive. This will help you to get around safely and have peace of mind that you will know what is around and that you can get to your destination safely. 

Motion Alert

The lights will alert you every time there is motion in the vicinity of the light. By only turning on when motion is present you will be aware if an animal or person is on your property. By the light turning on it will alert both you and the intruder of their presence so that they will be encouraged to leave and you will be aware if things escalate. These motion detecting solar lights can be a very powerful safety tool for your home. 

Preventing Injury

One of the most dangerous injuries, especially in older adults is falls. Falls can happen for a number of reasons, but low or absent lighting is one of the largest precipitators of falls. By increasing the lighting of your walk ways you can actively reduce the risk of falling. Light increases spatial perception and also allows you to know if there is something such as an object or a step that could cause you to fall if you do not see it. By having the necessary lighting you can feel empowered to protect the safety of you and your friends and family. 

Empowerment comes in all shapes and sizes. Sometimes it is large from completing your life goals, and sometimes the simple act of learning and mastering something new is enough. Choosing to see the challenges and positives in life no matter how large or small is key to living a successful and happy life. Adding LED solar lights to your home are a simple way to empower you in many ways that are described above. They will allow you to live life to the fullest and not add any extra worries to your plate. The lights can increase your safety and peace of mind knowing that they will reliably serve you and your home for many years to come. 


Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/healthy-aging/in-depth/fall-prevention/art-20047358

https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/save-electricity-and-fuel/lighting-choices-save-you-money/led-lighting

https://www.wikihow.com/Clean-Solar-Lights