How to Use Solar Lighting for a Garden Area
- 1). Plan your garden lighting. Either design lighting for your entire landscape, or focus on one garden area. Decide what you want to showcase. It’s best to use fewer lights and space them less than 10 feet apart for best results. Because the lights put out small quantities of lumens, spacing them too far apart causes them to lose their visual appeal.
- 2). Experiment with your lighting plan. Place flashlights where you would like to set the solar lights. Move them around to get the look you want. Hold the flashlight at different heights and angles to get different effects. Taller lights radiate over a larger area than shorter ones. Some lights have removable tops that allow the light to shine upward. These are good for accenting walls and hedges. Spotlights have rotating heads to focus on specific landscape markers. Walk around the garden to see the lights from different angles. Also view the lighting effects from inside the house. Mark with a stick where you decide you want to place solar lights.
- 3). Choose lights that complement the plants you have in your garden as well as the color of your house. Black and verdigris blend in with the plants, whereas copper, brass and pewter fixtures can also make a statement during daylight hours. Mix and match solar lights. You can stay with the same finish or type, but varied fixtures add different lighting effects.
- 4). Install the lights. Remember to remove any protective covering over the rechargeable batteries. Depending on the amount of sunshine, it may take a day or so for the batteries to reach full charge. Adjust the lights as necessary to get the best effect.