How To Choose A Solar Garden Light For Your Garden


For most solar garden light, what you find at home improvement stores will work just fine. It all depends on the type of lighting levels you would require. If you want to be able to read under a solar-powered light in your garden, you will need something more commercially produced, but for accent lighting and small floodlights for your trees and such, standard solar lights will be okay. Just make sure your solar panels are in the sun and facing south to provide the most charge during the day. That will extend the life of the light at night while also extending the life of the battery.

How To Choose A Solar Garden Light For Your Garden
How To Choose A Solar Garden Light For Your Garden

Different Types Of Solar Garden Light 

Patio String Lights

Patio string lights are a cheap and affordable way to lighten up your patio at night. It can create a particular atmosphere that is perfect for setting up the mood for your parties or any other special occasion. The bulbs on the patio string lights use a parallel circuit. That means that each lamp is not dependent on one another, and if one light went out, the rest would stay lid. It is much easier to detect a problem this way, should it occurs any.

Accent Lights

You can use accent lights to ‘accent’ particular areas, like in particular regions of your lawn. They can look beautiful. They come in various colors, but the amber accent lights seem to be the most popular. They are beautiful. The cells collect the solar energy in the day and use it to power the amber lights in the night.

Path Lights

Another way to use solar garden lighting is as path lights to light the way around the lawn. These can be the perfect lights, that are not too harsh but ambient. However, they are bright enough to light the way efficiently and light up their surroundings.

There are sensor lights available, which will increase their intensity as they sense motion. That means these lights will get brighter as someone passes near them.

Spotlights

Spotlights can light particular areas of the lawn. They can be installed anywhere you want to successfully light up any area brightly, like the area in front of the doorway or other places.

How To Choose A Solar Garden Light For Your Garden
How To Choose A Solar Garden Light For Your Garden

Solar Cells

I do this every year to pre-test the batteries are still working, and working correctly. After a battery has discharged for too long, they either will not hold a charge anymore, or their working lifespan is very short.

So once charged, I put them back into the solar lights and leave them in a row facing the sun for two days to load and test when it becomes dark. Now I know which batteries are weak, and which lights can come under one group as their color might be slightly different from the other.

How To Choose A Solar Garden Light For Your Garden
How To Choose A Solar Garden Light For Your Garden

Most solar lights use the older NiCad batteries, but any NiMH will work just as well. So my older NiMH batteries that are old or low in capacity get used first and cycled as best as possible before I have to retire them entirely from use. I also avoid NiCad batteries whenever possible.

To charge or test them, get yourself a decent independent multi-channel battery charger, one that allows you to mix and match different battery sizes, types, and capacities together. It will save you lots of money in the long run and will enable you to test, discharge, condition, and charge NiCad and NiMH without worry for pennies per charge compared to using basic types.

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