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Solar Lights For Garden - Are They Worth It?

Updated on March 19, 2011

If something can magnify the beauty of a home, it is definitely a well-maintained garden. And especially if that garden is lit effectively. This is where solar lights for garden step in. Solar lights for garden will illuminate it and give your home a graceful appearance during nighttime. As long as you place solar lights for garden in a way that they receive sunlight, you can put a light in there as fast as in 15 seconds.

They are used for several purposes such as security reasons, decorative use and of course illumination purposes. How do solar lights for garden work? Actually they are quite interesting as they are like mini satellites since solar lights for garden generate and store their own power during the day and release it during night. On the top of the light are solar cells which are there to charge a battery during the day. During night the battery is used to power an LED light.

Types Of Solar Lights For Garden

1. Solar Spot Lights

If you were planning on emphasizing a certain feature of your garden then this is your type of solar lights for garden. Solar spot lights produce a rather narrow white light beam designed to focus in a chosen direction. You can get solar spot lights where the outer cover looks like a rock.

2. Ground Stake Solar Lights

This type of solar lights for garden are designed for illuminating a patio or a pathway. When applying it on lighting the pathway you can just line it up and it will look great. When applying it to the patio you can install it around the patio, you can place them on every corner of the patio. And have outdoor dinners in a charming surrounding. Since solar lights for garden are wires free, this means that you can reposition your ground stake solar lights as you please.

4. Floating Solar Lights

This is only for those people who have a garden pond. Just imagine little white solar lights floating and glowing around in the pond. This will look especially attractive for the human eye. Can be found in different shapes such as lilies, turtles, globes and so on.

5. Hanging Solar Lights

As the name itself indicates, it is designed to be hung near the door, the gate or any kind of entrance. This type of solar lights for garden are normally packed together with a hanger structure and a pole. And also give an aesthetic look to your home.

6. Solar Deck and Step Lights

This is the most popular type of solar garden lights. Their role is to illuminate outdoor stairs suing their flat structure. Not only does it look affective, but it is also very practical as you and your visitors do not have to wobble in the dark looking for the light switch to see where you are walking.

* Many of the previously mentioned types of solar lights for garden can be found in multi-color leds which enables them to change solar light colors. If you have kids they will just love that (think Christmas time).

Solar Lights For Garden Advantages

  • Wire free

Having solar lights for garden means not having any wires. They are completely wire free and therefore easy to install at any place. You just need to determine the location, assemble solar lights and let them charge. Do not forget to place them where they are exposed to the sun directly.

  • Batteries

The batteries in solar lights for garden are energy efficient, and when spent can later on be recycled supporting the whole environmental friendly products movement. You can be proud of yourself knowing that you are using only natural energy and saving the environment.

  • Costs

There are no maintenance costs and no paying for electric bills when having solar lights for garden. So that is one less thing to worry about.

Solar Lights For Garden Disadvantages

  • The Batteries Once Again

The rechargeable batteries last only for several years and after that they need replacement. Ideally, solar lights for garden ought to have rechargeable AA batteries so that they can be replaced when the time comes. However, information on the battery type used is sometimes  unavailable, particularly when purchasing solar lights for garden over the Internet. Also, even though there are no maintenance expenses, they can sometimes be pretty pricey regarding their initial cost.

  • The Weather

If it is cloudy, raining all day long the performance of the solar lights for garden will decrease, therefore you can forget about those solar lights lighting all night long.

  • Theft

General rule; if it is easy to install, it is also easy to remove. It is easy to steal solar lights for garden, a person would just have to pull them out of the ground. If you are worried about this, then just cement the solar lights into the place like you would with ordinary lights.


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    • Mike's Corner profile image

      Mike's Corner 6 years ago from Maryland

      Excellent writing, Tina . . . cool lights, awesome garden pics!

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      Kathi 6 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Thanks for sharing, great photographs too!

    • Tina Kachan profile image

      Tina Kachan 6 years ago from Europe, Croatia

      Well said! Thanks for stopping by ;)

    • whitton profile image

      whitton 6 years ago

      Great Hub. Definitely worth it! They are very cost effective and add light to where needed plus create a great ambiance.