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Post Lights Are Great For a Good-Looking Garden

Post Lights

If you’re planning a garden, don’t forget about the lighting. Consider all the options, including solar power, and weigh up all the possibilities in terms of style and type, from post lights and spotlights, to those that will provide you with accent lighting.

Remember that lighting professionals generally distinguish between two different types of lighting; one that is practical or functional, and the other that is decorative or just for effect. But garden lighting should be both practical and decorative, and you will find that simply a couple of strategically placed post lights will immediately bring your garden alive. They will also add an element of security and make the garden a safer place to walk in at night.

Planing the installation of the post lights

The layout of your property will determine exactly what your lighting needs are. For example if you have a garage alongside your house you may not have to walk along a pathway to get inside, and a single light attached to the outside of the house might be sufficient. But if you park in the street, and have to pass bushes and dark corners where potential intruders could hide, you will need to consider how to make the area safe.

Either way, there is something comforting about being able to see outside when the sun has gone down – and the only way to do this is to install outdoor lighting.

If you’re in the planning stages of your garden, start by identifying areas that need to be lit. Then consider what type of lighting would be best. Direct lighting will cast a shaft of light in a particular direction, while overall general lighting relies on a number of fittings positioned to light up a bigger area. Post lights are ideal for general lighting, particularly if several units are used along walkways and paths. They may also be used for accent lighting, to create a dramatic or simply a beautiful effect. Spotlights will give you a more direct effect, lighting up a feature or perhaps a special plant or tree.

Solar post lights or electric ones

Then there is the choice of power, and you will need to decide whether to use electricity or solar lights. As more and more people do everything they can to reduce their carbon footprint, electricity is no longer the obvious choice. Before you make a decision, look at the solar options and compare these with electrical options. You may be surprised that solar will save you money and still provide you with an excellent source of power that can transform your garden and help to keep you safe.

So what exactly is a light post? Traditionally a post light was a street light and it was powered by gas. But that was in the 19th century. Today post lights are made in various styles, although the traditional look is still extremely popular, particularly those made from low-maintenance aluminium. A solar-powered, gas-light look-alike design is available that will give you a classic and elegant garden feature. They come with one, two or three lamp heads, depending on the effect you want to achieve.

Single lamp solar-powered post lights are also available on shorter posts, some about half the height of the usual lamp post, and others on an even shorter post that you can mount onto an existing pillar or onto your deck. There are even solar lamp posts that you can mount onto the wall of your house or garage. Combine these with solar spotlights and you will have a magical garden in an instant.

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Solar Light Post Choices And How To Find The Right One

Solar Light Post

If you’re busy landscaping and have decided that the best choice for garden lighting is a solar light post or two, where do you go to buy them? And what can you expect to find?

You could start your search right here on the internet, such as this website which is a reputable seller of fine solar lights. Wherever you begin your search, make sure it is thorough. You want to find good quality value for money. You also want to buy a light post that offers the very latest in solar technology.

Finding the right Solar Light Post

But how do you know when you’re looking at a quality product versus one that is of an inferior quality? Unfortunately face value doesn’t always show much, unless the product is obviously poorly finished.

The best advice is to look for products made by industry leaders. Also look for post lights that are manufactured by companies that offer advice and support. If anything goes wrong with the operation of your solar light post, you want to be assured that there is someone who will offer you friendly advice and a good after-sales service.

Remember that many suppliers and distributors offer goods that are manufactured by a range of different companies, so be selective. Price is of course important, but you don’t always get the very best product for the most expensive price.

A good quality product will normally be supplied with all the components you need. So check that everything you need is in the pack, from batteries to nuts and bolts or screws. If anything is excluded, make sure you price these items separately because this could make a major difference to the cost of your light post.

Today’s solar post lights normally come with fitted solar-powered batteries and a built-in energy collection and storage system that incorporates the active photovoltaic cells and solar charger. Old-type solar lights often had control systems that were separate from the light itself. If a solar light has a separate control system, you’ll probably end up laying conduits and cables just as you would if you were installing electric lighting.

What makes a good solar post light

A good quality light post will be made of powder-coated aluminum, which is a low maintenance finish. If the light is a traditional gas lamp design, it will have beveled glass in the lamp head, giving it a classic and elegant look. You should also have a choice of heights so the post may be street lamp height or about half this size. Otherwise it might simply be a lamp and post that may be attached to a pillar or to a decking post. Wall-mounted designs are also available. You will also have a choice of how many lamps you want with your light post, one, two or three.

Last of all, make sure your new solar lights come with some sort of instruction manual that shows you clearly and simply how to install the unit.

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Solar Post Light for Clean, Natural and affordable Lighting

Solar Post Light

Solar power has gone mainstream, with thousands of householders, professional landscapers and property managers making use of solar post light for lawns, walkways, patio lighting and a host of other applications. While the environmentally friendly nature of solar-powered lights is an attraction for users, the cost aspect is also a huge plus. The cost of a solar light with a post is roughly the same as for a conventional lamp post light, but the installation cost is minimal. Conventional lamp posts require extensive underground wiring to attach them to the electrical grid, and the installation of such a lamp post requires a qualified technician.

Installing a solar post light, by contrast, is easy

The post needs to be planted in the soil and that is all there is to it. The solar panels are attached to the post itself or are planted near the post. As long as they are not in deep shade, the panels will collect sufficient sun power, rain or shine, for powering the light for eight to ten hours a night.

There is no maintenance required and the cost of the energy is totally free. The LED bulbs are long-lasting, energy-efficient light bulbs that are well-suited to this type of lighting. There is great satisfaction to be derived from knowing that a series of solar lamp posts is performing a useful lighting function, totally without charge.

There is much to be said for solar lighting, but do not make the mistake of thinking that one solar post light does a lot less work than a conventional light. That is simply not true. Energy is energy and light is light, no matter whether it derives from the electrical grid or the power of the sun.

You should estimate the number of lights required for any pathway, roadway, piazza or building exterior exactly as you would for a regular post light. The pool of light thrown by your solar lamp post light will be just the same. The only difference is that a solar post light will run free of charge, 24/7/365 without maintenance, while a regular light is at the mercy of the utility company and the life of a conventional bulb.

You should take care not to over-light your yard. Remember that a solar lamp post switches on automatically at dusk and switches off at dawn, so that your yard is going to be lit for long periods whether you like it or not! Rather install a single light at a point where you know you will need it (such as halfway along a pathway) and see how much light it distributes and where. The joy of solar lights is that you can move them so easily. If you decide to relocate one you simply dig it out of the ground or unbolt it from the wall and place it where required. Imagine trying to do that with a light that is attached to the electrical grid.

Nothing is more elegant, simple and affordable than a solar post lamp

The principle of sun-powered lighting is the same for all kinds of solar lights, from portable lamps to solar systems that power whole homes or even commercial buildings. Solar panels gather sun energy via photovoltaic cells and this energy is converted to electrical energy and stored in batteries, which in turn power LED light bulbs.

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Solar Powered Lamp Posts can help us save the environment

Solar Powered Lamp Posts

In December 2008 the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) released a Living Planet Report that warned if people in the world today don’t take immediate action, by the year 2030 we are going to need two planets to be able to sustain the world. That’s a really scary thought. But something as simple as solar powered lamp posts can help us to avoid this eventuality.

Think about it. For centuries man has abused the natural resources on earth. We have ravaged the earth for its coal and oil; used up more fresh water than anybody ever dreamed was possible; polluted the air; fished our oceans so that more and more fish are threatened with extinction; hunted wild animals so that some already are extinct; and depleted the ozone layer through carbon emissions. Global warming is a reality.

To produce electricity, we’ve built power stations that devour tons of coal and emit harmful atmospheric pollutants, and nuclear power stations that produce waste that some people believe will eventually destroy us. And it’s not getting any better.

The 2008 Living Planet Report warns of “an ecological credit crunch” that has been caused by “under-valuing the environmental assets that are the basis of all life and prosperity”. People in the know warn that this “credit crunch” is a whole lot worse than the financial one facing the world right now.

Can Solar powered Lamp Posts really help

So what can you and I do to change anything?  In essence, any little bit we do to try and halt global warming and minimize our carbon footprint on earth. Using solar power is just one of the ways we can do this. So in fact using any type of solar post lights will help.

If you’re planning to light up your garden or patio, then this does affect you. But what other choices do you have? You can use electric lights in your garden and continue to use fossil fuels. You can ignore what the experts are warning us and just wait and see what happens. But why take this route? The beauty is that solar powered lamp posts are attractive, easy to install and they cost absolutely nothing to run. They are also easy to maintain. A particularly popular design looks just like a Victorian gas street lamp, but it’s made of low-maintenance, powder-coated aluminium and it uses environmentally-friendly light emitting diode (LED) bulbs. Of course there is another choice: don’t light up your garden at all. But that’s not a solution, because apart from the decorative appeal of garden lighting, lamps add an element of safety to our gardens and help to keep our properties secure.

So how do solar lamp posts work

In a nutshell, each solar lamp post light has an energy collection system that enables it to gather power from the sun – naturally. This power from the sun is converted into energy through its photovoltaic cells. Then the system stores this energy in a form that can be used by the batteries that light up your lamp. If that all sounds a bit confusing, just remember that photons are units of energy that carry light. Volts, of course, are the units that we use to measure the force of an electric current. Yes, we do end up with electricity, but a solar powered lamp post doesn’t pull anything off the national grid, and it isn’t harming the environment.

Of course there are many other options when it comes to garden lighting, but solar lamp posts are popular. So have a look at what’s available, then look at other solar lighting options. If you decide against a lamp post, at very least go solar. It will help us to save the planet!

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Solar Post Lights Are affordable And Easy To Install

Solar Post Lights

One of the most appealing aspects of using solar powered lights in our gardens and on our patios is that they are quick and easy to install. But it’s a good idea for you to know what’s involved in the installation process before you go out and buy your light fittings. So let’s see what’s involved when it comes to installing solar post lights.

If you buy good quality light fittings, made by a reputable manufacturer, your solar light fittings will be supplied with a manual that will tell you exactly what to do. Always study the manufacturer’s instructions thoroughly before you do the installation because there may be elements that differ from this general guide.

Installing Solar Post Lights

You first step will be to make sure you have the tools required to do the job. If you’ve never done a DIY job before, you may need to go shopping. But the good news is that your shopping list will be short, and the cost of the tools won’t bankrupt you! All you need to install solar post lights is a screwdriver, a wrench or suitable spanner, and an electrical drill with suitable sized drill bits you can use to drill into concrete or another hard surface. If this is a one-off job, borrow a drill from a friend, or hire one.

Which solar post lamp

There are several different types of solar post lights to choose from. Some are tall, others are shorter, and some may be fitted to the wall. Whichever type you choose, you will need a solid base to mount the light on. So if you’re planning to position your light in the middle of your lawn, you will need to do some concrete work. If this is the case, a concrete form will make your job a whole lot easier. All you do it dig a hole, bury the form, mix your concrete, and cast the concrete in the form. Just remember to compact the fresh concrete to get rid of air bubbles, and to level the upper surface once you have cast the concrete.

So now you’re probably asking: “Why would I position solar post lights in the middle of my lawn when there’s a concrete slab next to the house?” The answer is that the slab itself might be suitable, but if it’s in a shady spot, be careful. You need the sun to recharge the batteries that power your solar lights, so you always need to choose locations that get maximum sunlight all year round.

Having done this, the next step for installing your solar lamp post light is to drill into your flat, solid surface. You will see that there are holes in the base of your post light, and you need to drill holes that will align with these. Screws will be supplied with the light, and the holes will need to be slightly smaller than these screws.
Provided you have purchased a good quality product, your solar post lights will be in a form that you can now slot together following simple instructions. It should be as easy as A, B, C. Once you have assembled your solar lamp post, switch on the switch in the lamp head and charge the battery for two sunny days. Then fit the battery, making sure you have the correct polarity. After this your solar post light will come on when the sun goes down and switch off when the sun comes up again. More on solar lamp posts

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Solar Lamp Post, Advice And Solutions

Solar Lamp Post

When you install garden lighting, you must always be sure to install it correctly, irrespective of whether you are going to power it with electricity or with energy from the sun. It doesn’t matter whether you are installing accent lighting, electric spotlights or a solar lamp post, always be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and obey any relevant laws and regulations.

One of the reasons more and more people are turning to solar-powered lighting options is that they can install the light fittings themselves, without having to call in a qualified and registered electrician. Wherever you live in the world, if you decide you want electric lighting in your garden, you will need an electrician to connect the wiring to the mains. Most countries have extremely strict laws that govern electricity and electric installations, apart from which it makes good sense to let someone who knows what they are doing complete the job.

Why people prefer a Solar Lamp Post

Electricity is potentially lethal and you could get seriously hurt working with wiring and power cables. Another factor is that because you have to bury the conduits that carry wires from electric lamps and other electric lights, these are quite often damaged at a later stage – for example just by digging in the garden.
Of course this doesn’t mean that by opting for a solar lamp post, rather than an electrically powered one, that you will never have a problem. People do sometimes find their solar lighting doesn’t work. The secret is to know in advance what can go wrong. Then you can rectify the problem quickly and easily.

Troubleshooting solar lamp posts

One possible problem is that the lamp doesn’t switch on. Manufacturers of good quality solar lighting products warn that a solar lamp might be affected by other lights. So if your solar lamp post light doesn’t switch on when it should, have a look to see what other lights are on in the area. It’s quite logical that other lighting may affect a solar lamp, since these are programmed to switch on when the light fails, or it gets dark.
If a solar lamp post is installed in an area which stays shady all day, this might mean that the battery doesn’t recharge, and if there isn’t charge in the battery, it won’t come on either. Another reason a solar post light might not switch on is if the switch is in the wrong position. It should be turned to “auto”. And of course, the solar lamp post must also have been installed correctly in the first place.

If you buy a solar lamp post with a cone reflector, the light it emits will be nice and bright. But remember that any solar lamp will produce more light when it has had a full day in the sun. It may not take a full charge on a very overcast day and so the light may be a little dimmer.

At the end of the day, solar lamp posts are an energy-efficient lighting option, for both indoors and outdoors. They’re very cheap to run and there’s not very much that can go wrong with them.

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Solar Lamp Post Light will keep you safe and secure

Solar Lamp Post Light

One of the primary reasons for lighting up our patios and gardens is to make them safe. If we don’t illuminate these areas we can’t see where we are going at night and potential intruders can hide in the shadows without being seen. The question is what kind of lighting should you choose? The primary choice is between electricity and solar power, and if you choose the latter, one of the most popular options is a solar lamp post light.

Advantages of a Solar Lamp Post Light

There are many reasons for choosing solar power for lighting, not least of which is the need for us all to try and think green so that we can reduce our carbon footprint. In addition, solar garden lamps are a lot quicker and easier to install than most electric lamps and they are considerably cheaper to run. In fact, once you’ve installed your solar lighting, you don’t pay anything for power. They are also low maintenance, and provided you keep the solar module clean, all you’ll need to do is replace batteries and bulbs from time to time. More on outdoor solar lights

Designed to work best with light emitting diode (LED) bulbs, a solar lamp post light can give you as much light as any other light source. LED bulbs are also as environmentally friendly as the solar lamp post light itself. An electrical component that releases energy in the form of light, light emitting diodes consume less energy than other electrical components and they last longer. So even though an LED bulb will cost you a bit more than the flimsy incandescent bulbs so many of us are used to, you’re going to save money in the long run.

Contemporary solar lamp posts have built-in solar-powered batteries that charge during the day

If you buy one with a cone reflector you will find the light is exceptionally bright and ideal for security in your outdoor areas. Although they may be turned on and off manually, most solar lights have sensors so they may be set to turn on and off automatically. Nothing could be simpler: when the sun goes down and it starts to get dark, the light will come on. When the sun begins to rise the next morning, the light will go off, even if it’s a cloudy day.

So where’s the best spot for solar lamp post light fixtures? Because the batteries are charged by the sun, aim for a spot that will get maximum light during the day. Notice how the shadows change during the day, and from season to season. If you want to light up a walkway of some kind, or even a driveway, then it’s usually best to position solar post lights along the edge, using the solid surface as a base. If you decide to position lamps in the garden itself, you will need to cast a level concrete base so that you can bolt the lamp securely in place. A patio is a good place for solar lamp post light fixtures because the surface is usually solid. Just make sure it’s level. Decks are also good, and short lamp posts may be secured directly to wooden posts.

One thing is certain, if you’re looking for light fittings to keep you safe and secure in your home, a good quality solar lamp post or two will do the job.

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Aluminum Lamp Post Care And Maintenance

Aluminum Lamp Post

Having decided to install a solar-powered aluminum lamp post in your garden, you need to know what sort of maintenance will be involved. The good news is, not much!

Aluminium is a very lightweight, non-ferrous metal that doesn’t contain any iron. It weighs about a third of what steel weighs, but is just as strong as steel. Aluminum can be easily cast and so aluminium is a popular material for garden products, including lamp posts. The preferred finish for an aluminum lamp post is powder-coating that is done in the factory under controlled conditions. The coating dries to a nice smooth finish, and requires absolutely no maintenance other than a quick hosing with water if it gets dirty or very dusty. Although powder coating may be done in a wide range of colors, most aluminum lamp posts are black or rust red, both being colors that blend well in any outdoor space.

But of course it isn’t only the aluminum lamp post that needs to be cared for

You must also take very good care of the lamp itself. The most important part of the lamp is the solar module, with its photovoltaic cells, that enable us to draw energy from the sun. Once the energy has been collected, it is stored in the unit so that it can charge the batteries at night. Happily, maintenance of the solar module is limited to wiping it down with a damp cloth from time to time. Never be tempted to use a solvent for cleaning, and don’t put press hard on the unit otherwise you might damage it.

People all over the world install solar street lamp posts, and so weather conditions will be varied. Remember that you don’t need searing heat to draw energy from the sun. Even people who live in areas where it snows in winter use solar-powered lamps successfully in their gardens. The secret is to make sure you remove any dirt and snow off the solar panels so that the unit can recharge. If the panels are covered with debris or with snow, no light will get to the solar module, so nothing will happen. Of course if it snows for days on end you aren’t going to want to tackle even that little bit of maintenance work. If this happens, and the solar panels are covered with snow for a lengthy period of time, once you have cleared the snow, let the batteries recharge in full sunlight for at least six hours, preferably longer. Then the light from your aluminium lamp post will shine as brightly as ever.

Maintaining your solar post light

The only other maintenance issues you need to consider when you install an aluminum lamp post are the bulbs and the batteries. Solar lamp posts use LED technology and so the bulbs last a lot longer than the more conventional bulbs many of us are used to. Generally, as an LED bulb begins to wear out, the light will get dimmer. It won’t normally blow or pop like most other bulbs. Batteries will eventually need to be replaced, but this is also an easy task. All you do is unscrew the top of the lamp unit with the selector switch off. Then you remove the old battery and pop in a new one. Just make certain you use the correct type of battery, specified by the manufacturer, for example a high quality Ni-Mh (nickel metal hydride) AA rechargeable pack battery. And also make sure you reassemble the battery the right way, using the correct polarity. Finally, remember never to throw your old batteries out with the garbage. You must dispose of old batteries according to the law.

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Lamp Posts Residential are Now Solar Powered

Lamp Posts Residential

An exciting development this past few years has been the introduction of lamp posts residential that are much more affordable to buy, much less trouble to install and effortless to maintain. And these leading edge lamp posts are powered completely for free by the sun. Environmentally aware and budget-conscious householders have been the first to jump at the opportunity to make use of these lights, which can be free-standing along walkways, in gardens or along driveways, or which can be mounted on the wall of buildings or atop low garden walls.

Solar Lamp Posts Residential make sense

Although one does not necessarily think of the solution to be lamp posts, residential landscapers who are acutely aware of beautifying their surroundings while maintaining a healthy respect for costs, have turned to solar outdoor lighting as a perfect solution. Not only do they provide a form of lighting that is environmentally friendly but its affordability is gaining investors in droves. Understandably, most people are attracted to the notion of permanent, free power supplied by the sun with no effort or input by the householder whatsoever. And a solar lamp post, whether it is short tall, elaborate or simple, supplies a sense of safety and security to the front of the house because of the lighting that it offers. Likewise, it adds beauty and accent to the property at night.

Replacing an old lamp post with new solar-powered lamp posts, residential or for public places, is extremely cheap because it is often unnecessary to get rid of the original post. Thus the solar light can simply be connected to the existing post and the user can enjoy free solar power immediately, enjoying the benefits of their outdoor lighting being detached from the electrical grid.

Installing solar lamp posts is extremely easy

No wiring is required. If you are installing a post, then all that’s needed is for the post to be embedded in the soil. Of course, the only wiring involved is between the light and the solar panel and storage batteries, and those are all supplied. The solar panels gather solar energy during the day, which is stored in batteries and converted to usable electricity. The lamps switch on automatically at night for the required number of hours. As long as the solar panels are not in deep shade, they will gather the required amount of energy, rain or shine.

The joy of solar street lamp posts, residential, is that once you have installed it and you walk away, you need never think about the solar light again for years and years. It will work reliably year after year, decade after decade. The LED bulbs are well-known for their longevity. All the components of a solar lamp are built for low to no maintenance, clean power and durability. The satisfaction of knowing that the utility bills are being kept low through the use of solar power is a joy in itself.

Another positive aspect is the awareness that solar lamp posts, residential and public, contribute to a cleaner planet that is better for the environment and for our health.

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Street Lamp Posts Have Entered a New, Green Era

Street Lamp Posts

When a satellite in outer space sends photographs of the world back to us on Planet Earth, most of the lighting seen in the night shots are electric street lamp posts shining in the dark. It stands to reason that if these lights could be powered by energy that is renewable, clean and earth-friendly, it would be hugely beneficial to our environment and to all humanity. Fortunately solar powered street lights have come to the rescue. They are fast becoming a useful and economical means for householders, the managers of public spaces, roadways and commercial properties to replace “dirty” power street lamps with cheap and naturally sun-powered lights.

Advantages of Solar Street Lamp Posts

The instability of energy prices today, along with fears of oil running out in the next fifty years or so and global warming concerns, is turning the attention of mainstream decision-makers in all walks of life to the matter of alternative energy. Given the ubiquity of street lamp posts (even the smallest towns has hundreds and thousands of them) and the fact that a street lamp post stands outside where a linked solar panel can be powered by the sun, it makes total sense for lamp posts to go solar. Millions of kilometers of electrical street wiring can be saved by this means. Whole portions of cities can become detached from the electrical grid if solar street lights replace electrical ones.

Solar street lamp posts work along the same lines as any other solar appliances. Each street light that runs on sun power is a standalone power factory, with small panels containing photovoltaic cells mounted on the post where it collect the power of sun’s light rays (not heat rays), converts it into a form of electricity suitable for powering street lights, storing in batteries and then using it to power the specifically designed light bulbs in the lamps. These lamp posts are cheap and easy to install and are far more economical than standard electric lampposts. There is no wiring or specialized knowledge required for their installation, they can be placed just about anywhere, and they can run maintenance-free for decades.

Built-in sensors switch the solar street lamp posts on an off

During the daylight hours the unit accumulates solar power and stores it and at night the solar street lights switch on automatically, remaining on for eight to ten hours, as required. Solar lamp posts operate using LED bulbs which are more energy-effective. They are long-life bulbs that are specifically designed to run of converted solar powered that have been stored in batteries.

Solar street lamp posts come in a variety of shapes and styles, from short lamp posts of 3.5’ to tall ones of 7’. They can have single lights on top of them or clusters of two or three. In addition there are styles that fit onto low garden walls or onto the side walls of buildings. Driveways, walkways, gardens, patios, parking lots and street ways can all benefit from low-cost, solar-powered lighting. The money saving aspect of solar lighting is what is persuading homeowners and managers of commercial property and public spaces to invest in solar lamp posts. Although the posts themselves cost about the same as regular posts, they do not require wiring and are free to operate. They are built to last. If you want to save time, energy and money while enjoying the convenience of not switching on and off lights, then solar street lamp posts are the answer.