It's one of those things we don't give a second thought about. Many of us move into a house and never even change the number that's on the house. Why should you, it's the right number and that's all that matters. Well it may be the right number but can you see it at night or from the road? If there is an emergency and you have to call an ambulance, you certainly don't want them wasting valuable seconds looking for your home. Having a visible house number both day and night is critical.
Two important products have been joined together to make some great products. They are the LED light and the solar cell. By combining the two we now have solar powered illuminated house numbers. There are so many streets across the country, that have little or no street lighting. In rural areas there is often a group of mailboxes for several properties. These homes have no house numbers at all. Imagine the time lost trying to pinpoint the right house.
The beauty of a solar powered unit is it needs no maintenance. You just install it and forget about it. It can also be placed almost anywhere, on the house, a fence, a mailbox or even a tree. You'll want to make sure that there are no obstructions like bushes that may block the view of the number from the road. Other than that these units can last for many years.
You do need to be careful when purchasing these products. In the LED industry there are many low quality products being manufactured in China. Some of these malfunction or just plain don't last. As is almost always the case, you get what you pay for.
If you visit almost any Fire, Police or Rescue website, a visible house number is mentioned high up on the list of what you should do. Some municipalities have even gone so far as to pass laws that state you must have a house number that is visible from the street. The size is usually numbers about 3" tall and either reflective or illuminated.
Although it's not something we often give much thought to, a visible house number can quite literally, save your life.
?Paul Forte 2005
Paul Forte has been in the lighting and electrical field for over 25 years. He has helped countless homeowners across the country with their lighting needs through his website. Visit Illuminated NumbersFor more information.