If you have a gazebo or covered patio, one great way of not only providing light to the area, but also of add a touch of style and class is to install an outdoor chandelier. These lights will work on nearly any area where you are able to hang them, but the biggest problem you may run into is actually powering the lights. One popular solution is to use a solar powered fixture, but is it for you?
The major benefit to using a solar powered chandelier is that it is easy to install and takes no money to run. With chandeliers that run on electricity, you need to have an outlet nearby or some other source of power for the lights to run. In most homes, the outdoor gazebos where you might want to install the chandelier arent usually connected to the rest of the home. Even worse, sometimes you might have to hard wire the chandelier into the ceiling, which takes more time and experience with electrical wiring than most people have.
But, by installing a solar powered chandelier, you bypass all of these problems because the fixture creates and consumes its own energy. The solar panel on the top collects energy during the day and then batteries in the fixture release it at night. Not only will you not have to run any wires, but you will save on your electrical bills as well.
However, this is not to say that solar powered chandeliers arent without their downsides. They tend to be a little less bright than electric ones, which can leave you without the light that you need at night. The solar panels also need to be placed in the direct sunlight if you want them to be completely charged. This means that you can place them in areas that might have shade, like trees or other roofs nearby. ON top of this, you still might get stuck with a light fixture that doesnt work when it clouds over or rains for a few days, preventing the solar cells from actually charging up to their fullest extent possible.