Go Solar with Outdoor Lights

Save money on electric bills and secure your residence with a solar-powered motion-sensor light.
By the Mother Earth News editors
October/November 2005
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Solar-powered motion-sensor lights such as this one from Sundance Solar let you add light wherever you need it without the hassle of electrical wiring.

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Using free energy from the sun to produce electricity is one of the most effective ways to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and installing small-scale solar applications is a great place to start. Manufacturers now offer solar motion-sensing lights that are both affordable (about $100) and easy to install. Now you can add a light wherever you need it, without the hassle of adding electrical wiring.

We tested several solar-powered motion-sensor lights and chose to list only those products that meet the following criteria: A detachable cord that allows you to install the solar panel 12 feet or more away from the light (in order to take advantage of the sunniest spot); ability to detect motion at least 40 feet away; and a brightness of at least 20 watts.

$100; 100-percent product guarantee 

Heath Zenith
$90; 5-year warranty
Available at hardware stores.

$130; 100-percent product guarantee

Sundance Solar
$130; 6-month warranty

Sun-Mate Corporation
$100; 30-day warranty

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