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Installing Outdoor Solar Landscape Lighting

Whether a family needs to illuminate a backyard in an environmentally conscious way, or a business is wanting to draw attention to garden features or specific architectural elements of a building, solar landscape lighting is a great choice.

Attractive, easy to install, sustainable and practical, outdoor solar landscape lights are an excellent way to achieve a gorgeous and efficient glow, establish unique landscaping effects or enlighten formerly dark areas. Such solar landscape lighting is perfect for regular consumers and organizations like resorts, country clubs, shopping centers, corporate offices, government centers and more

Before installing solar lighting into landscaping, it is important to consider a few key factors to ensure placement works well for exterior solar lights and to allow for proper functioning of the light fixtures.

Be Thoughtful When Placing Solar Landscape Lights

Placement is absolutely critical for all outdoor solar lights, but it’s especially important when it comes to installing solar landscape lighting that will be close to trees, foliage, pathways, outside décor or other items found outdoors.

Users should consider what purpose the solar landscape lights will serve and how best to achieve that purpose. If users are lighting a path, for example, they’ll want to place the lights somewhat close together, each evenly separated, so it’s easy to see the walkway and the way it turns or winds.

For those users looking to illuminate a particular garden feature, the landscape solar lighting must be placed close enough to the feature to cast enough light on to it.

Ultimately, it can be a smart idea to draw out a rough sketch or plan of where the exterior solar lights will go before installation takes place. If users partner with an expert solar-landscape lighting provider like Les Jardins, they’ll have access to experts that can advise on solar-lamp placement, installation, design and more.

Avoid Any Obstructions

It’s important for users to think about whether placement of outdoor solar landscape lights could potentially present an obstacle to their use, regular maintenance of the lamps or even activities like mowing the lawn or completing yard work. Solar lights should not be placed in a way where it will be too difficult to mow around them, where they could cause tripping or damage to themselves (by accidental trampling or knocking them down) or where a vehicle could run over them. They should be installed where they are plainly visible and where they won’t be destroyed, cause harm or cause other issues during the day or night.

Because these lights also need enough sunlight to charge properly before they go into use at night, it’s vital to place them in a way where they’ll receive enough power from the sun throughout the day – in a sunny location without anything in the way, causing an obstruction.

Charge Solar Lights Well

Before outdoor solar landscape lights are installed, they must be properly charged. Each exterior solar lamp will need at least 12 to 14 hours of direct sunlight to fully charge before they can be installed and put to use.

Many users choose to charge them over a period of two days, leaving them outside in a particularly sunny location. This ensures batteries have full power, so they can shine all night after installation.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do solar landscape lights work?
Similar to other solar lights, solar landscape lights work by using power from solar panels and one or more batteries. Through the PV effect, the solar panels receiving energy from sunlight, which charges the batteries during the day. When it becomes dark at night, the energy previously stored in the batteries then powers the solar landscape light.
How do you place solar lights in landscaping?
If working with an expert solar-lighting provider that understands not just the technology, but also solar-lighting landscaping and design, they can help advise users on the best placements for solar lights. The experts at Les Jardins can certainly assist with this. Generally, it’s important to arrange solar lights in landscaping, so they can receive enough sunlight to fully charge and so that the light they emit at night shines enough light on bushes, shrubs, flower beds or whatever is nearby. Note, because Les Jardins lighting is all dark sky-friendly, the light fixtures shine in a more downward fashion.
Why won’t my solar landscape lights work?
Most commonly, solar landscape lights do not work when the batteries are at fault. Batteries may not be receiving enough charge or just not holding it due to batteries being worn out or broken. They should certainly be checked. It could also be that lighting is not placed in an area with enough sunlight to charge properly, or there could be too much dirt or debris built up on the lights to prevent them from fully charging.
Should I leave my landscape lights on all night?
Yes, most users will want to leave solar landscape lights on all night, knowing they’ll switch off automatically when it’s light outside. At that point, they’ll start receiving charge from the sun. The only time to truly turn off solar lights is when they’re not being used for an extended period of time or, potentially, when they’re being stored away.
Do solar landscape lights work in the shade?
Some solar landscape lights can work in the shade, but they will not be as effective. Because the PV cells receive reduced light, they won’t charge as fully, which then leads to the lights generating lower energy as compared to those that received direct sunlight.
Can you overdo solar landscape lighting?
If partnering with an expert solar lighting provider like Les Jardins, that provider and its team will advise users on what landscape lights may work best for their unique needs, as well as how to space them or position them for the best charging and use. It is possible to overdo it when it comes to solar landscape lighting, crowding too many fixtures together, not spacing them properly or not ensuring they’re positioned to receive enough direct sunlight. This should all be taken into consideration when investing in and setting up solar landscape lights.
Are expensive solar landscape lights worth it?
When investing in solar landscape lighting, it’s important to choose lights that are high-quality and built to last. Solar landscape lights can lead to significant cost savings for users, as compared to landscape lighting that requires wires and extensive electricity use. Therefore, even more expensive solar landscape lights can be cost-effective in the long run.