6 Easy Tips for Installing Outdoor Solar Lighting in Your Yard


Solar lighting is increasingly becoming popular for lighting yards and gardens due to their low maintenance and easy installation as they require a little or no wiring at all. However, you have to make sure they are placed in an area which receives maximum sunlight. For optimal results, you can follow these few easy tips:

  1. Choose which garden features you want to draw attention to:

It is very crucial that you decide what object or place you want to highlight in your garden before you install solar lights. If you want to highlight an object, the light has to be placed in a way that focuses the object during the evenings and gives it a very subtle and sublime effect, not too flashy or too dull. If there is a path that needs to be the focal point, that lighting has to be installed very close together in order to show the entire pathway. This will give a very dramatic look overall especially if the path has curves.

  1. Avoid Obstructions:

Before installing solar lighting, make sure that there are no stumbling blocks in the place where you want to install the light, for example in the way of lawn mowers or edgers. Also if you are installing solar lights along the driveway then make sure that they are not installed too close to it otherwise there are chances that the units get run over by a car. Thus, install lights where they are easily visible in daylight so that no one trips or stumbles over them.

  1. Look for maximum sunlit position:

The solar light units need maximum sunlight for them to get charged. So make sure you install them in a place that receives unobtrusive sunlight all day, every day. This means that you have to avoid all shady areas having trees or overhangs, basically anything that is hindering maximum sunlight reach to the solar lighting units.

  1. Solar Panel Placement

Solar light units usually require their own solar panels whose placement is as important as the light itself. Thus, they have to be placed in a position that makes them receive maximum sunlight every day. You also need to bury the cable (which attaches the panel to the fixture) deep enough to protect it from rainfall and moisture.

  1. Proper Charging before installation:

According to this Solar Landscape Lighting Review website, The fixture requires 12 to 14 hours of charging in full sunlight before installation so that the batteries are fully charged before they are being used by the solar lights. Make sure you clean the panel before installing the fixture. This will help it charge more easily.

  1. Ready the soil:

When you are preparing to install the light in the ground, it is advisable to water it up several hours before you start the installation. This will moisten the soil and will make it easier to dig. Loosen up the soil a little with a help of a shovel so that the lights are easily put together without applying pressure which could break them.

Michelle Schoffro