Are Solar Lights Bright Enough?

By Kami Turky

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The solar lights industry has dramatically evolved over the past few years and now we have plenty of high-quality lights with very reasonable prices.

But, when it comes to solar lights, one of the most asked questions is: Are solar lights bright enough?

Luckily, in this article, we will thoroughly answer your questions including:

  • What is Meant by Lumens and Wattage in Solar Lights
  • How Bright are Solar Lights
  • How Many Lumens Do I Need for Solar Lights

So without further ado, let’s jump right into it.

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What is Meant by Lumens and Wattage in Solar Lights?

Before answering your question, first, you need to understand the difference between Lumens and Wattage.

  • Lumens: This measures how bright your solar light is
  • Wattage: This measures how much energy your solar light uses

If you are looking for a bright solar powered light, then think Lumens, not Watts, as the higher lumens your solar light is the brighter it will be.

Ideally, you need to opt for solar lights with high lumens and low wattage, as it won’t drain your battery quickly and make sure your bright lights last longer.

Related Article: How Long Do Solar Lights Last

How Bright are Solar Lights?

Solar lights are available in many different brightness levels starting from a small 10 lumens accent lighting to very powerful 10,000 lumens flood and street lights.

In the next section, we will go through the most common types of solar lights and how bright are they.

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How Many Lumens Do I Need for Solar Lights?

The number of lumens you need varies depending on:

  1. The area you wish to illuminate
  2. Coverage Distance
  3. How bright you want this area to be (high-intensity light or more vivid and smooth one)

Here is a small cheat sheet for the type of light and the suitable number of lumens:

Note: The brightness of the light can vary depending on the amount of sunlight it gets during the day. For example, the solar light will appear to be less bright on gloomy days than it’s on sunny summer days.

Related Article: How to Choose the Best Solar Light on the Market

Last Words

We really hope you find this article helpful and we thoroughly answered all your questions.

If you have any other solar related question, please feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comment section below.

Kami Turky

Kami is a solar engineer with nearly a decade of experience in researching, testing, and reviewing various solar products. He has also provided technical consultation to several organizations on the best ways to incorporate solar energy into their operations. When he’s not busy helping others find the best solar solutions, Kami enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, camping, and exploring the natural wonders of his home state.

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