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Do It Yourself or Not: Install a solar entry light

Gene and Katie Hamilton, Tribune Content Agency on

Light up your door entrance using the power of the sun, and provide security and safety in an earth-friendly way with a solar-powered light. At night the light is powered by the sun and three (NiMH) rechargeable batteries that have an estimated life of two years. It turns on and off automatically as the sun rises and sets, and it can provide up to 12 continuous hours of light output. That power depends on the amount of sunlight the solar panel receives and stores.

The unit is composed of two parts: the light unit that contains the high efficiency light and batteries and a separate solar panel. The light can be installed on exterior house siding, near the door or above house numbers to illuminate them. Choose a location where the solar panel gets as much sunlight as possible and where the light does the best job of illuminating house numbers. The solar panel can be mounted on the light or moved up to 15 feet from the light so it can be placed in the most efficient location to capture the sunlight.

The light is self-contained and does not have to be wired into the electrical system. To install the light a handyman will charge $135, which includes labor and material. A homeowner can buy the unit for $50, install the light, and save 63% by doing the job in less than an hour.

Pro Cost: $135 — DIY Cost: $50
Pro time: 0.5 — DIY Time: 1.0
DIY Savings: $85 — Percent Saved: 63%

 

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©2022 Gene and Katie Hamilton. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

 

 

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