Solar garden lights are a great way to bring your garden to life at night. They can add an instant magical feel to outdoor spaces and are relatively cheap and simple to install.
Mains powered garden lights on the other hand require significant disruption and expense to install with cables to bury and electricians to pay!
So, if you have decided that solar garden lights are the way forward for you, here are a few simple tips to help you get the most from your solar garden lights.
- Position your solar garden light so that they can benefit from the most sunshine possible. It is not always possible to get the ideal position for your solar garden light's solar panel so there is often a compromise between position and performance. Try to avoided heavily shaded positions such as areas close to north facing walls or under dense foliage. Of course, put your solar garden light where you want it, but bear in mind that it does need sunshine to work and have a thought for this as well!
- Buy a good quality solar garden light! It sounds silly but beware of the many very cheap solar garden lights that can be bought (often at petrol stations for some reason?). Very cheap solar garden lights usually have smaller solar panels and batteries that are not suited for use in the UK's temperamental (should that be temeperatemental?!!) weather conditions. Cheap materials will also mean that the light will have a short life time which isn't very eco friendly. Here at Ecofreak we only sell great quality solar lights suitable for UK use - buy with confidence!
- Angle the solar panel. Some solar garden lights have solar panels that can be adjusted to get more sunshine. For example the Trento Solar Garden Spot Light allows the solar panel to be angled in any direction whilst the Thea Solar Garden Light can be angled in just one plain of movement.
- More is more! In most cases the more solar garden lights you can use the bigger and better the effect. Of course, you don't need to buy all at once, but if your budget can cope with it try not to skimp (I would say that wouldn't I... but it's true!).
- Experiment and have fun! The great thing about solar lights is that they are so easy to move meaning that you can experiment with the best positions and garden lighting shemes. If it doesn't look right, or if you just fancy a change, it's so simple to swap things around.
I hope this helps! Of course, rememeber if you have any questions about the best solar garden lights for you or what any help or advice give me a call or drop me an e-mail. Thanks. Bill