No landscaping venture is complete without decorative pathway lighting. If you are planning on modeling your back yard or doing any similar project, you might want to consider installing solar pathway lights, rather than conventional grid-powered ones. The advantages of not paying extra for electricity is instantly clear to anyone. However, there are some tricks and tips you might appreciate before you actually install these.
Spacing your pathway lighting
The most common use of solar landscape lights is pathway lighting. Prior to installing your solar lights, you need to make sure that the place you intend to put solar lights gets plenty of direct sunlight. Otherwise it won’t be able to recharge itself. Your second task is to set the distance between two solar lights. There are some standard suggestions, but ultimately, it is up to you to decide whether you want the path to be brightly illuminated (recommended for difficult terrain), or if you want to use solar lights only as accent lights.
Typical landscape lights are of a bollard type. These have the solar panel on the top of the fixture, with LED lights just below it. When you are installing these light fixtures, you need to make sure that your solar panel gets as much direct sunlight as possible. That means that you will have to consider the angle at which to put your light fixture. This can vary depending on your geographic location, but also which time of the day the direct sunlight hits that particular part of your property. If you aren’t too keen on figuring that out, experts working for solar lighting companies are always ready to give you the best advice. After all, they want you to be happy with their product.
Mind the sensors
The majority of contemporary solar lights are turned on or off automatically, by measuring the light levels. This is why you also need to be careful not to place solar lights too close to any other source of artificial light. This includes street lights, but also your garage or porch lights. If it detects the light coming from another source, it will not activate. If your solar light is not functioning properly, you may have accidentally done this. Check whether that is the problem before you contact the maintenance company to check it out.
Cleaning and storing solar lights
Some people choose to use solar lights only during the warmer parts of the year. Even though they can remain outside all through the year without a problem, you can put them away if you want. When storing them, however, you need to follow some basic rules. The most important one is keeping them dry, since electronics and batteries do not react all too well to moisture. Equally important is not to keep them in darkness. If they cannot recharge and discharge, the batteries tend to lose the ability to hold charge. As for cleaning them, the most important part to keep clean is the panel itself. You want to keep the debris off of it as much as possible in order to ensure the best possible performance. A dry cloth and some soapy water will do the trick. If you aren’t planning to store the lights for the winter, make sure you remove the snow from them, for the same reason.
Solar lights are often mentioned as a great alternative for parking lots and industrial complexes, but they are also used for these smaller and more creative applications. Greenshine offers a wide selection of solar lights including decorative, commercial and industrial solar lights. Contact us today to discuss your project – we offer free consults!