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Garden Design - Solar Lights

Updated on September 6, 2014
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Yvonne is a Louisiana Master Gardener and a former president of the Folsom Native Plant Society. She gives talks about sustainable gardens.

The plastic light looks like glass so it is attractive in the day time, too.
The plastic light looks like glass so it is attractive in the day time, too. | Source
The hummingbird solar stake light comes with a solar panel and a stake.
The hummingbird solar stake light comes with a solar panel and a stake. | Source

Whimsical Solar Stake Lights

I am constantly looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint. Recently, I came upon some delightful and fanciful garden lights which are powered by the sun.

During the day our garden is decorated with lovely crystal like mini sculptures in the shape of birds, flowers and a variety of animals. At night these little jewels glow and even change colors for up to 8 hours.

Other solar stake lights look like small lanterns and some come in abstract shapes. There are many styles and designs to choose from.

They can be positioned along a path to help visitors find their way or dotted among the flowers in a garden. We put a few near the front door to accent the entrance at night.

Solar Set of 3

Solaration 1004S Solar Garden Stake Lights with Hummingbird, Dragonfly and Butterfly
Solaration 1004S Solar Garden Stake Lights with Hummingbird, Dragonfly and Butterfly

This set contains 3 different nature themed solar lights. They change colors. See them in action in the video below.

 

Solar Lights in Action - Hummingbird, Dragonfly, Butterfly

Flower Solar Lights

Solar Lily Flower Garden Light with Green-lit Stem; 1 Stake Light
Solar Lily Flower Garden Light with Green-lit Stem; 1 Stake Light

The flower shapes are lovely, too. Even the stem lights up and changes colors from red, to green and blue.

 

Solar Light Working Parts

A small solar panel is attached to the garden stake.
A small solar panel is attached to the garden stake. | Source
The underside of the solar panel where the rechargeable battery and on/off switch are located.
The underside of the solar panel where the rechargeable battery and on/off switch are located. | Source

How Solar Lights Work

These solar garden stake lights must get as much sun as possible. The more hours of sunlight, the more the battery will be charged and the longer the lights burn at night.

Many have small solar panels attached to the stake with a rechargeable battery inside. The instructions say that the AA battery will last for about a year and can be replaced by unscrewing the screw on the underside of the solar panel. When the original, low powered battery stopped charging, we replaced it with a stronger one so now the lights stay on most of the night.

The hummingbird and most of the other solar lights have an on/off switch underneath the solar panel. You must turn it off and charge it for at least 8 hours, the first time that it is used. On some models, the on/off switch is tricky and it's hard to tell whether it is on or not. After a day of charging you can test to see if it's on by holding your hand over the panel.

Useful, environmentally friendly solar stake lights will add light and beauty to the garden. I just love mine and I think that many other gardeners out there will, too. They make good gifts for the gardener on your list.



Rechargeable AA Batteries

AmazonBasics AA Rechargeable Batteries (16-Pack) - Packaging May Vary
AmazonBasics AA Rechargeable Batteries (16-Pack) - Packaging May Vary

These rechargeable AA's will hold a charge much longer than the standard ones that come with the lights.

 

Maintenance

It is best to position the panel on the light so that it is in a sunny spot and is facing south. That way it will receive a maximum amount of photons to charge the battery. Check the light periodically to make sure vegetation is not covering the solar panel. You may also need to wipe off the panel if dust or pollen collects there.

Another Solar Light Design

Wild Grass Solar Garden Lights. 3 Sprigs of Green Grass, 1.2 foot Tall
Wild Grass Solar Garden Lights. 3 Sprigs of Green Grass, 1.2 foot Tall

This one gives an eerie look to the garden. If you decorate for Halloween several of these would look spooky.

 

Solar Lights Poll

Have you used solar garden lights?

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Star-shaped Light

Outdoor Solar Light Stake, Acrylic Star Burst
Outdoor Solar Light Stake, Acrylic Star Burst

This one definitely makes a statement and would look great as a Christmas decoration.

 

© 2011 Yvonne L. B.

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      birdlover 

      6 years ago

      solar is the way to go sooo beautiful and rich looking.cant wait till its dark to enjoy the varity of colors.totally cool...

    • naturegirl7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne L. B. 

      7 years ago from South Louisiana

      Silver Poet,

      Yes, not having to plug into the electricity is a big plus and saves money, too.

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      Silver Poet 

      7 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

      The solar lights are both beautiful and easy to use. They are much less complicated than the old fashioned garden lights that run a cord under the ground from one light to the next in a connected string. Voted up!

    • naturegirl7 profile imageAUTHOR

      Yvonne L. B. 

      7 years ago from South Louisiana

      Thanks for the comment and the up vote. I'm glad you liked my hub and found it useful.

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      prasetio30 

      7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love gardening and I found something useful from this hub. Thanks for writing and share with us. Vote it up!

      Prasetio

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