Have you just installed a dock onto your property? Even if you don’t own a boat you’re going to need some kind of light for safety reasons. You want to be able to see the path so you don’t fall into the water.
It’s a good idea to illuminate your dock so fellow nighttime boaters do not hit your property. Some counties require dock lighting if a dock extends into a common waterway, beyond a certain length.
There are many dock lights that are available to you but the best option on the market is going to be solar power. Not only are they better for the environment but they’re better for your stress levels as well.
To find out more about how solar-powered lights can help make your life as a dock owner easier, check out this guide.
1. DokLites are Super Easy to Install
Our solar-powered dock lights don’t have any wires so they’re simple to install yourself. No professional electrician needed. Due to the fact that they’re so easy to install, you get the freedom to decide where you want to put them.
No matter if you want more lighting on top of your dock or on the sides, all you’ll have to do is place the solar light and screw it in. It’s as simple as that.
2. DokLites Will Save You Money
It is true that buying solar lights will be more expensive than normal lights but you’ll be able to make that back with how much you’ll save in the long-run. Solar dock lights are powered by the sun. There’s absolutely no electricity involved so your power bill will remain unchanged.
Wiring near water is expensive, as corrosion is abundant, and only the best materials and waterproofing will do.
On top of the lights not taking a chunk out of your power bill, you also won’t have to pay anyone to install them and the maintenance is pretty cheap.
3. DokLites Require Little to No Maintenence
Since there are no wires to worry about, maintenance on DokLite’s solar dock lights is inexpensive and easy. There are only two tasks that you’ll ever have to worry about. Cleaning and replacing the batteries when they go out in roughly 7 YEARS!
Cleaning them is important because if there’s dirt caked on them it will affect how much sunlight they can absorb. All you’ll need to clean this problem dirt away is dish soap and a damp rag.
As far as replacing the batteries go, don’t worry, they last 7 YEARS! You can do it sooner if the lights start to get so dull that it’s hard to see.
4. You Could Get Tax Incentives
At the end of the day, solar lights are the clear best eco-friendly choice as far as your lighting options go. This being said, you could qualify for tax incentives for installing them.
It all depends on where you live. Some states offer it and some don’t. You can check out the Database of State Initiatives for Renewables & Efficiency to see if you can take advantage of these initiatives.
5. They Last for a Long Time
Solar lights work way longer than any other light before you have to give in and replace them. Again, the batteries can last for up to 7 years before you have to get them replaced – DokLites use cell phone batteries!
If you’re using LED bulbs they can last thousands upon thousands of hours before they finally burn out.
6. DokLite’s are Bright!
Some people are under the misconception that solar lights won’t be as bright as others but this isn’t true.
As technology advances, solar lights get brighter and brighter. As long as you clean them and take proper care of them they’ll be able to light up your whole dock for years to come.
7. Dock Security
Thieves are less likely to climb up on your dock and steal if your dock is lit up. Theft is common on docks, especially on docked boats, they steal GPS systems and other accessories.
A Few Great Options to Choose From
Now that you know how you can benefit from solar-powered dock lights, let’s go over a few options that you can choose from. Both solar caps and solar guideposts are popular choices.
White DockLite® Solar Cap
The White DockLite® Solar Cap comes in 8-inch, 9-inch, and 10-inch models so it should be easy for you to get the right size to fit your dock. The cap itself is made of heavy-duty materials that can guard against anything from birds to pounding rain.
The White DockLite® Solar Cap will come with a warranty. So, if something does happen to it you can rest easy knowing your investment is safe.
Like most other solar-powered dock lights, the cap is easy to install. Just flick the switch on, put the cap where you want it, and press on it to secure it in place.
After it’s got a nice tight seal, all you have to do is screw it to the area using the pre-drilled holes.
Solar Guidepost Lite
The Solar Guidepost lite comes in packs of two. A great deal for the price and quality of what you’re getting. Their dimensions are 9X3X3 inches. Large enough to fit into a two-inch PVC pipe.
Blue DockLite® Solar Cap
The blue cap is the same as the white cap. It installs the same way it just emits blue light instead of white. This can be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it.
White lights tend to be a bit softer so you may not like the blue light for aesthetic reasons. Blue light has its own unique charm though.
Solar Powered Dock Lights Will Make Your Life Much Easier
If you’ve added a dock onto your property, you’re going to need to get proper dock lights to not only park your boat safely but also light your walking path. Solar powered dock lights are your best option if you want something that’s low maintenance and can make your life easier. Make the investment today.
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