By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Use the power of the sun to light up your front or back door entrance and provide security and safety in an earth-friendly way. The new solar entry light uses four LED lights and 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, of course, depends on the amount of sunlight the solar panel receives.
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 attaches to the door casing, with the screws provided by the manufacturer. 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.
This is a great job for the first-time handy homeowner since the light is self-contained and does not have to be wired into the electrical system. All you need is a screwdriver to attach it to the doorframe. You can purchase the light for $50 or have a handyman or electrician install the light for $135. That's a 63 precent saving for less than an hour of your time.
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Now you know the average cost to install a solar entry light, which includes the labor and material, and what’s involved, so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor. Don’t forget to adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.