Outdoor lighting looks great along a walkway or in the garden, but it can be a pain to install the wiring for it. Solar Led Garden Lights are a simple, earth-friendly way to add accent light to your lawn and garden, with no wiring required.
How does the solar led garden light work?
Solar led garden lights work on rechargable batteries—the batteries power the lights at night, then recharge themselves every day using light from the sun. Each fixture is standalone, so you can place a light anywhere you need it, as long as it gets enough sunlight during the day to charge up the batteries.
Depending on the model you choose and the amount of sun the fixture gets, a solar led garden light may not throw off a tremendous amount of light. But most provide at least enough accent light to add a safe, dramatic outline along a pathway. Some fixtures are whimsical, in the shape of butterflies or flowers, and add a decorative touch to your house’s nighttime look. And the nicest part is, all the energy to power them comes from mother nature, not the power grid.
If you’re looking for backyard ideas on a budget, you can’t go wrong with outdoor solar lights, especially if you need to illuminate a path or walkway, or if you want to draw attention to a garden feature at night. Solar led garden lights for your yard are affordable and easy to install. For the most part, installing solar lights is a quick backyard project. Take time to consider where you want to place your new lights and be sure to double check that the lights are charged before placing them into the soil.
Follow these tips to ensure your new solar lights function at their best.
How do you install solar led garden light?
Choose Location Carefully
- The most important thing to consider when installing Outdoor Solar Lights in your yard is placement. What purpose would you like the lights to serve? If you’re lighting a path, you’ll want to place the lights fairly close together so that it’s easy to see where the walkway is, especially if it’s winding. Or if you want to illuminate a garden feature, you’ll need to place the lights close enough to it that they cast an appropriate amount of light on the feature in question.
- You should also consider whether the placement of your lights could present an obstacle to maintenance or to using your lawn. You don’t want to place your lights where they’ll be difficult to mow around or where you’ll run over them with your car. You also don’t want your kids tripping over the lights while they’re playing outside during the day. Place them where they are plainly visible and where they won’t get in the way. It may be helpful to draw out a plan of where you want to install your new lights beforehand.
- Of course, Solar Lights require sunlight to function, so you’ll also want to make sure yours get the maximum amount of direct sunlight each day. If you’re installing lights that have a separate solar panel, place the panel in a sunny location. Dig a trench at least six inches deep to bury the cables. You may want to enclose the cables in a plastic tube for further protection. That way, you’ll be less likely to accidentally cut through them while digging. Make sure there aren’t any branches or leaves hanging over your lights or your solar panel, and keep nearby plants cut back.
Charge Your Solar Lights First
Before installing a new solar light, please charge it first. Before installing new outdoor lighting fixtures, they need at least 12 to 14 hours of sunlight to fully charge. If necessary, you can recharge the new lamp within two days. Keep them outdoors in a sunny place to fully charge the battery before installing the new light.
Prepare the Soil
Most outdoor solar led garden lights come on stakes that can be inserted into the ground. If you’re installing a set of lights that comes with its own solar panel, you’ll have to do more digging. And you may be more limited in where you can place them because the solar panel will need to be in a sunny location.
Installing a new solar light in a garden bed may not require any special soil preparation. If the soil where you plan to install the new light is hard and compact, you need to prepare the ground first. Because the stakes connected to the light may not be strong enough to penetrate the soil. Water thoroughly to soften the ground and prepare the ground.
When installing your lights, remember not to force the stakes into the soil. If you push too hard and the ground has not been prepared adequately, you could break your new lights. If the stakes won’t go into the ground easily, prepare the soil further by wetting it and breaking it up.
- Firstly, you should choose location carefully.
- Secondly, charge your solar lights first.
- Thirdly, you need to prepare the soil before installing the Solar Led Garden Light.