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Solar lights – low cost outdoor lighting

Author: James Descombes
Published: June 26, 2013

The garden is an area that’s often overlooked when it comes to lighting your property, usually due to the complexity and expense. However, there is an affordable way of bringing light to your garden, illuminating plants, trees, and garden ornaments – solar-powered lights. In this article we take a look at the best ways to brighten up your garden without having to add to your electricity bill.

Thea Solar Garden Spotlight

This powerful spotlight is proof that you don’t need electricity or buy a heap of disposable batteries to bask your garden in light. The Thea Solar Garden Spotlight comfortably lights up 15m of outdoor area, simply by using the sun’s energy. Its adjustable solar panel charges up during the day and the light automatically turns on at night, making it a great lighting option for bringing out your garden’s best features or brightening up garden treetops.

Solar PIR Utility Light

Aesthetically, lights enhance your garden, but they also have use as a security feature. The Solar PIR Utility Light detects movement and illuminates subjects between 2-6.5m away for up to 25 seconds using 15 built-in, super-bright LEDs.

This security light operates off three AAA batteries, which once fully charged lasts up to 16 hours. The Solar PIR Utility Light can also be used inside a shed, lighting up the area whenever you’re moving around inside it.

Tamara Solar Security Light

If you’re after something more subtle and discreet, the Tamara Solar Security Light is a good choice. It provides dusk till dawn lighting, powered by three solar-powered rechargeable batteries. The light affixes to the side of your house and keeps track of any outside movement within an 8m range using a 180° PIR (passive infrared detector). Once something moves within its field of detection, the subject is basked in bright light from the built-in super-bright LED. To check out more security lights click here.

Selene Solar Landscape Spotlight

These compact solar-powered spotlights pack a real punch. They have a range of up to 20m, so you can bask large areas in light, really bringing your garden to life and enabling you to enjoy pleasant evenings outside even when it’s dark.

The package includes two Selene Solar Landscape Spotlights, each featuring six powerful LEDs. Once fully charged, the lights can be used continuously for up to ten hours. Furthermore, the spotlights can be used up to five metres away from the solar panel, giving you some flexibility when it comes to lighting up different areas of your garden.

Durham Solar LED Post Light

Solar paneled lightening can give your garden, and other outside areas, that real wow-factor. The Durham Solar LED Post Light adds a slice of contemporary style to entrances, drives and pathways, while making them easier to navigate in low light.

The Durham Solar LED Post Light stands 80cm tall and is made from high-quality stainless steel that can withstand the harsh British’ winters. During the day the solar panel stores energy from the sun’s light (it doesn’t necessarily need to be sunny, just light), and then uses that energy to power its two ultra-bright LEDs during the evening for up to 10 hours.

The Durham Solar LED Post Light can be installed quickly and easily, without the help of an electrician, giving you a stylish addition to the exterior of your house.

Astron Solar PIR LED Floodlight

If you're looking for a great security light option that powers itself then look no further than the Astron Solar PIR LED Floodlight. Boasting 64 built-in LEDs, it’s capable of delivering up to 100 activations of one minute once fully charged. The unit charges by day and is on-duty throughout the night, delivering light when needed - either to illuminate your path or to deter unwanted guests. This bracket mounted light is activated via its PIR sensor, which has a 90º beam angle.

Needless to say the solar panel is designed to work in British’ weather conditions, storing light and converting it into light to brighten up your garden as and when required through the night.

Terraluna Lit Globe

If it’s chic design you’re after, rather than raw power, you can’t go wrong with the Terraluna Lit Globe low-energy light. They come in three sizes: standard, large and extra-large, and give your garden a really modern, design-led, look.

The Terraluna Lit Globe attaches to turf using hidden ground spikes. A 20W Low Energy Screw Bulb provides the light inside the globe, while a 4m cable gives you some scope to place the globe away from the power point.

Why not take a look at our full range of Solar Lights

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