Difference between solar and led lights

Difference Between Solar and LED Lights

When it comes to choosing the right set of lights for you, there are a lot of different aspects to keep in mind. Light-emitting diodes (LED) lights are what most people are used to seeing in the store, but solar lights are becoming increasingly popular amongst consumers. You might be wondering what the differences are, and why they would matter at all. Well, purchasing the right kind of light is important because each one has different things that make them unique. This is the difference between solar and LED lights that will help you during your next trip to the hardware store.

LED Lights

LED Lights
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These are the lights that you probably see the most frequently, whether it be in the store, or just in regular buildings. LED lights are really common because they have been around for a while and are great if there is an energy source readily available. The way these works is energy is provided to them through an outlet or any kind of power source, and the energy goes through and activates a set of a bunch of different colored diodes. This is why LED lights often have the option of changing what color they emit, because some lights allow you to change out the set of diodes in them or which diodes the energy reaches.


LED lights are cheaper to install
When it comes to installation costs, LED is a lot cheaper because it just needs to get connected to an existing power source. There is not that much to install right away, versus solar lights. There is a lot that needs to get installed right away.
LED lights are brighter

When it comes down to how much light you’ll need, LED lights take the win on this one. LED lights are connected to a power source, so they can get as much energy as they need. The technology that goes into making these lights also has been around longer so it has been streamlined and improved upon. So current LED lights are incredibly efficient for what they are, and that includes brightness. They simply can put out more light than solar lights can.

This also allows LED lights to be helpful for spotlights, so LEDs are the option we choose if you’re looking for a spotlight if you’re a performer or own a venue. Since they’re more concentrated, it makes the spotlight easier to concentrate on the targeted spot. They also allow you to change the color of the light easier, so that can add that special flair to any of your performances or even just a special mood to your patio lighting.

LED lights are dependable no matter the weather, time of day, the climate of the region, or any other extraneous factors.

As we’ve mentioned, LED lights use an already existing power source. They do not need to take in sunlight the same way solar lights do. This allows LED lights to be consistently dependable no matter what the climate is like where you live, whether or not it is rainy or cloudy for a day or a week, and LED lights will always work no matter what time of day it is. If you’re looking for a light that will work no matter what’s going on, LED lights might be the right choice for you.

LED lights are good for security systems. Since LED lights are brighter and more dependable, this makes them the right choice for security systems. LED lights are brighter and work well for spotlights, which can be helpful for security cameras installed on your property.

Since you won’t have to worry about energy, they can catch suspicious activity no matter what time it is and what the weather is like. The extra brightness might be the one thing that allows you to get a clear image of the robber’s face to help law enforcement catch them. In terms of keeping you, your family, and your property safe, we recommend LED lights completely.


LED lights have limited places where you can install them
Since they need a plug to work, you can only put LED lights within the cord’s range of an outlet. You can get extension cords, but that adds on extra prices when installing, and then there is more cord you’ll have to deal with.

If you aren’t too worried about extra cord lying around, it might not be a dealbreaker for you, but for people with curious toddlers or pets, this might be a bit of a struggle for you. You also need to have an outlet that would have the space to sustain these lights without overloading that circuit board, so there’s another layer to consider when choosing the right lights for you.

LED lights are not as ecologically friendly or energy-saving as solar lights
LED lights rely on power sources, and not all electricity is derived from sustainable sources. They also remain plugged in, and while they are not in use, they still have electricity flowing in and out of them as long as they remain plugged in. They also do not create their energy source the same way solar lights do, so if your mind is centered on sustainability, these might not be the right choice for you.

Solar Lights

Solar Lights
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The maintenance costs and electricity bills are a lot lower than LED lights

It may cost a little bit more to install solar lights, but maintaining them is a lot cheaper in the long run. They don’t need any wires or piping to work the way LED lights do, and that means there is less hardware to worry about in total. They also create their energy, so your electricity bill will be nothing because they do not rely on a power source. Solar lights also have varied designs, so you can get exactly what size you need and there is more room for you to choose the right option to fit your needs and your budget.

Solar lights can last a very long time

If you take good care of your solar lights, they can last you decades! LED lights have a natural life of however many hours that particular bulb and the particular company offers, but solar lights can last as long as they are still functional. This means that you won’t have to pay frequently to replace parts or replace the entire light. This reduces the bill, as well as the waste associated with the production of the lights.

There are some solar monetary incentives

If you decide to install solar panels into your home, there is a possibility of monetary compensation in your future. If you have them long enough and your home produces enough energy, the local electricity companies might ask to purchase some of the extra energy you produce and sell it to your neighbors.

This means you’ll be providing other people with energy, and getting paid for it while doing absolutely nothing! This is such a great opportunity, but there might be different rules and procedures for this depending on where you live and what companies provide energy in your area. It’s worth looking into if you do decide to go down the route of the solar light.

Solar lights are more ecologically sustainable

This is an obvious pro, but we still have to list it. There are not a lot of sustainable energy sources out there, so it is important to try and take advantage of any options available to you. 


Solar lights can be unreliable

Depending on where you live, what time it is, and the weather, your solar lights might not be as bright and useful as they can be. This might not be a huge deal depending on where you place the lights, but this might be a huge deal if your entire home is decked out with solar lights. You should be wary of how changes in cloud cover and weather might affect your lights.

Solar lights are expensive to install

Since they use a newer technology that is not as widespread and mass-produced as LED lights, you should be careful of the upfront costs of purchasing these guys. There is a little bit more work when it comes to installing these, so you might need to hire someone to install them for you. The panels and cells can be big, so you might need to rent a truck to bring them to your home. They pay off in the long run, but if your budget is tight right now and you need lights ASAP, solar just might not be in the cards for you currently. 

Overall, there are a lot of important things that set solar lights and LED lights apart from one another. Depending on your particular situation and needs, you should think critically about what you want and need, as well as what each of these options can offer for you. Hopefully, this list of pros and cons helped you think about this, but there might be more pros and cons to your particular situation, so this is just a baseline guide to these ideas. Good luck!

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