Solar Lighting Guide

Choosing Solar Lighting Guide

The use of solar lighting in garden areas is becoming increasingly popular because it works very well, and is affordable.

Compared with traditional mains lighting, solar powered lighting is much quicker and cheaper to install. Installing lights in remote locations that don’t have a nearby 240 volt supply is much cheaper with solar.

In the past few years solar technology has advanced quickly.

LED bulbs provide increased performance by increasing the light emitted while also requiring much less power. Direct sunlight used to be a necessity for solar lights to take enough charge to work properly. The most modern solar lights harvest light very efficiently. Solar technology is expected to continue to develop quickly.


Solar lighting comes in several different styles. Lanterns for wall mounting. Hanging or post type lights. Many different fairy light designs. Deck lighting for recessed mounting. Motion sensor security spot lights. These lights will either have a wired panel that you can position nearby, or an integrated panel built into the top of the light unit itself. The type you choose will depend on the application and your circumstances because they each have their own advantages and disadvantages.

Lights with solar panels built in usually need more sunlight because the panels are smaller and less efficient. Best garden Solar Lights supply LED solar lights designed to work in the UK.

External panels however are usually larger, but because they include wires are more laborious to install. Factory fitted rechargeable batteries should be replaced with high performance, quality batteries as their will allow your lights to function better. Many light units imported from the Far East come equipped with low quality batteries, which either fail quite quickly, don’t hold a charge for long, or refuse to work at all.

Solar Lights and Performance

Location will make the biggest difference to the performance of your lights. The longer your lights are in direct sunlight, the better they will work. Solar lighting will charge in overcast conditions, but the more direct sunlight the better.

Solar lights will charge on dull days, and even in the rain, but additional shade, such as a tree will limit the lights charging time. Solar lighting performance is set to be driven by advances in both solar panel and battery technology advances. Solar lighting sales are growing year on year.

Solar energy reduces energy bills as well as being environmentally friendly too.