Garden Lighting is becoming increasingly more popular as we use our outside spaces as an additional room more and more.
But are you confused about the massive choice of options to light up your garden and would love to understand what is the best option for your garden.
Ive written this guide to answer the most frequently asked questions.
How do solar lights work?
Solar lights have 4 main components – Solar Cell Panel, Re-chargeable battery, LED light, Internal light sensor.
They work by photovoltaic cells within the Solar Panel generating electricity from daylight particles, this electricity charges the re-chargeable battery during daylight hours and then when the daylight starts to fade an internal light sensor indicates to the battery to turn on the led light.
Generally the brighter and longer the daylight hours the longer the light will stay on at night.
Do solar lights work in shaded areas?
Solar lights are charged by receiving direct daylight, they can still operate in shaded parts of the garden as sunlight isn’t necessarily needed, but if you find that your lights aren’t staying on for long in the evenings try an alternative position for your solar panel.
What are the benefits of solar lighting?
Solar lights are simple to install
There is no wiring or power source
There are no running costs as they do not use electricity
Safe to use near ponds, water features and pools
Switch on automatically every day
Solar Peacock & Flamingo lights £20
How long do they light up for?
Solar lights will light up for as long as the battery has power. Generally solar lights work best between April – September.
On a good day in summer solar lights will last around 6-8 hours.
Spring 2-4 hours
Summer 6-8 hours
Autumn 2-4 hours
Winter 0-2 hours
How bright are they?
Solar lights can be used for lots of different purposes from fairy lights, path lights, decking lights, lanterns, animal features to spotlights and security lights.
How bright they are can be measured in Lumens. Lumens are the internationally recognised measure of a unit of brightness. The higher the lumen number the brighter the light.
Most solar lights emit 1 Lumen, although you can get lights the emit 5, 10, 50 or even 500 Lumens.
What do I do if they dont work?
If your solar lights aren’t working its mainly due to the batteries either not receiving enough charge or not holding the charge.
Test if it is the battery by putting in a normal battery. Batteries are generally supposed to need replacing every 2 years but depending on the good old British weather they may get exposed to lots of rain & moisture and you may benefit from replacing the batteries every year.
Checklist if your solar lights aren’t working?
Check they are switched on
If they are new check if there is a pull tab on the battery
Cover the solar panel and see if the light comes on
Clean the solar panel with a dry or damp cloth, do not use abrasive materials.
Move to a brighter location
Check the battery as above instructions
Turn the light off at the switch and leave in the lightest place in your garden for about 72 hours to charge and try again.
If it still isn’t working refer back to your manufacturer.
Should I bring my lights in during winter months?
Solar lights although designed for outdoor use are not totally waterproof and it is advised to bring them inside during prolonged periods of rain and extreme weather.
Clean the solar panel, switch off, take out the batteries and store for the winter in a dark place.
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