How to Install Solar Landscape Lighting
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Solar walkway lighting adds a welcoming glow to your home, and once it's installed, it costs nothing to maintain. Another great feature is versatility. If a fixture isn’t doing the job you wanted it to do, it's easy to move because there's no wiring. Solar lights are attractive and dependable and they add safety and security to your outdoor walkway.
Before Buying the Lights
Different types of solar lighting cast different patterns of light and vary in terms of recommended spacing. For example, ambient solar lights don't cast much light at all.
Consult the manufacturer's instructions on the packaging for suggested applications and spacing, and plan your fixture layout accordingly. If you've already purchased your lights, plant one in your yard on a sunny day, and allow it to charge. When it gets dark, measure the projected light pattern.
During the day, take note of plants or structures that might shade the fixtures. Trim back shading plants, if possible, or plan to move the fixtures to avoid shading, which can significantly limit how long your solar lights will run at night.