Solar lighting in gardens is on the rise. By solar lighting, we mean all the devices that distribute artificial light based on the use of radiation and energy from the sun by solar collectors.
The Criteria For Choosing Your Garden Lighting
There are different types of solar lighting: solar beacons, solar terminals, solar lamps, solar paving stones, and built-in solar spotlights… This type of lighting is aesthetic and ecological. How to navigate and how choose the right solar garden lighting?
The Light Output Of Your Solar Lighting
First of all, you need to take into account the light intensity of the lamp. Be aware that it is better to rely on Lumens rather than Watts. Indeed, the lumens are a more reliable unit of measurement because the Watts is not revealing of the real light power, it is about the consumption, and the lumens vary according to the quality of the LEDs.
The lamps of your solar lighting (lamps and photovoltaic panels) must be ideally located. Areas of shade, even partial, should be avoided, whatever the time of day. It is the direct solar radiation that offers the possibility of recharging your lamps optimally.
Some lamps have an integrated solar panel. They must also be placed in sunny and open areas (no shaded areas, no foliage, roof overhangs, etc.). In addition, do not fix your solar lamps on the north face of the building.
The solar lamps can be arranged in the plants for discreet and pleasant lighting.
The Different Types Of Solar Garden Lights
Many models of solar garden lights currently exist on the market to meet each use.
- Beacons or illuminated bollards are ideal for staking out and securing various traffic areas. You will place them in particular along an alley or at the edge of the terrace.
- The solar spotlights are available in the ground or recessed version. The first will allow you to highlight certain garden points (tree, flower bed, etc.). The second will be perfect for illuminating the floor of an alley, a terrace, or the edge of a swimming pool.
- Solar wall lights are suitable for soft lighting, while a solar wall spotlight offers high light intensity and a long throw, designed to illuminate the entrance to your home powerfully. Coupled with a motion detector, it will automatically turn on each time you pass by or signal any unwanted presence in the vicinity.
- A solar street lamp will be useful for illuminating a large perimeter on a terrace to make the most of long summer evenings outdoors. For a covered terrace, you can also opt for hanging solar lights, both decorative and practical.
- Finally, to bring an original decorative touch to your exterior, you will find a large selection of solar light garlands, lanterns, and light objects (balls, pots, etc.) to be installed on the terrace, near the swimming pool, or at different points in the garden.
Pay Attention To The Seasons.
Solar lighting works best in summer when there are more hours of sunshine. But there are solutions so that your garden is also lit in winter! Some lamps are equipped with a solar rechargeable lithium battery and an alkaline battery that takes over. These lamps are, therefore, hybrids.
Lamps With Presence Detector
In winter, you can opt for solar lamps with motion detectors. They are, therefore, only used occasionally, which preserves their battery capacity in the event of low sunlight.
Whichever type of solar light you choose, solar lighting will enhance your garden after dark.