How to Choose Solar LightsWhen shopping for solar lights, it’s important to match the solar light to the function you want it to perform. Solar Path Lights, Solar Accent Lights, Solar Task Lights, and Solar Spot Lights each will give you different results.

Solar Path Lights
Solar path lights are outdoor lights that you add to your landscape to light pathways, walkways and driveways. Multiple solar path lights are normally set up in a line to guide the way along a dark path or beside steps and are designed so their light focuses downward. Many solar pathway lights can also double as solar accent lighting for gardens and on patios or decks.

If you have a contemporary looking pathway, 17″-high Stainless Steel Solar Pathway Lights will give you just the right amount of light needed to light your way. These solar lights feature a stainless steel pole topped with a 5″-high globe that is faceted to enhance the glow from the white LED light inside. Each solar pathway light will light your way for 12 hours when fully charged.

Line your walkway with some whimsical Mushroom Solar Path Lights that stake into the ground and emit a soft glow to line your path or add ambience to your garden. The Mushroom Solar Path Lights have resin mushroom caps in an amber/orange mix with metal stems that are finished in antique copper. They can either be set to steady glow or fade on and off depending on the mood that you’re trying to create.

If you haven’t seen Color Changing Solar Globe Lights you’re in for a treat. Just place these solar walkway lights in a place that gets a good amount of sunlight and at dusk, the solar globes will automatically light up and begin alternating colors. It’s like having a mini light show along your path.

For a modern look to solar pathway lighting, use Faux Stone Solar Lights that give off a diffused white light when charged. Not only can these Faux Stone Solar Lights be used to light up a pathway, but you can also add them around your garden or set them on a deck or fence post to use them as solar accent lighting.

Solar Lights – Accent Lights
Solar accent lights are used to add a pleasant glow to your landscape or garden. Solar accent lights generally have a lower level of illumination than solar spot lights or solar task lights and are primarily used to highlight an entire area and not a specific path or place. When selecting solar accent lights, it’s important to note that taller fixtures allow light to disperse over a larger area, which will give more illumination to surrounding surfaces.

Solar accent lights typically use amber LEDs which create a softer glow of light than the harsher spot light of white LEDs. Solar accent lights can be used to highlight garden sculptures, garden waterfalls and special landscaping features. To get the maximum effect of solar accent lights, it’s best to place several lights close together.

Hang some Solar Powered Flickering Lanterns from a tree, off a Shepherd’s hook or from a fence to add some accented light in your garden or yard. The Solar Flickering Lantern won’t blow out because the candle is powered by the sun, with 2 LEDs inside it providing up to 10 hours of light on a full charge. The Solar Flickering Lantern also features a two-way setting that allows you to choose from flicker effect or constant light so you can choose what type of accent light you want to shine.

If you want to add some exciting color to your patio or backyard, add some Color Changing Solar Lights that feature 10 crackle-look globes that change color every 4 seconds – creating a beautiful rainbow of color just where you need it most. These color-changing solar lights are entertaining for the whole family – you can even easily install them in your kid’s fort or playhouse.

If you are one of the lucky ones that has a pool or pond in your backyard, you already know that the sights and sounds of water trickling at night can soothe even the most anxious homeowner. Add a set of LED Solar Floating Pool Lights that charge themselves by day and automatically illuminate your pool with an array of bright colors at dusk. The look of the color changing lights against the water is electrifying, yet soothing at the same time.

Made of light-enhancing cracked glass, the Color-Changing Solar Gazing Ball will dazzle you and your guests with seven ever-changing colors, or you can flip a switch to display steady white. This gazing ball solar light sits on top of a gray stone-looking pillar and as it cycles through its rainbow of colors, the light will radiate down onto your garden or shrubbery.

For elegant solar lighting, you might want to add some solar lamp lights, which are relatively easy to install and will look very regal in your garden or along a driveway. Add a Solar Lamp Post next to a bench in your garden or at the beginning of your driveway to add some elegant appeal to an otherwise dull area. The Solar Lamp Post sets up easily and has a classic design with frosted glass panels and gives off a warm glow light. This solar light is so versatile that it will look great in either a formal garden or a rustic retreat.

If you prefer the Victorian look, the Victorian Solar Lamppost Head has a beautiful gaslight-look with a weathered bronze finish and beveled glass panes. The solar light comes ready to install on top of a column, deck or gate post and its super bright white LEDs light up automatically at dusk – it even has a cone reflector that makes the light appear even brighter.

The Finial Solar Lamp Light features a colonial-style head with 8 super bright LEDs and comes with 2 different finials on top so you can easily change the look of your light. This solar light can mount on just about any fence post or pillar or you can mount it on a Williamsburg Lampost that has a beveled, flat panel design.

Solar Lights – Task Lights
Solar task lights are one of the brightest sets of solar lights and are designed so you can angle the light right where you are working. Most solar task lights can be mounted in different configurations and the light can be adjusted to illuminate in different directions. In most cases, the solar panel of the solar task light will be separated from the light source itself so you can put the task light where you need and keep the solar panel in the most sun-filled, optimal space.

If you’re going to leave your American Flag up at night, you’re going to want to illuminate it. Instead of having to flip a switch each day, install a Freedom Flagpole Solar Light that is ideal for residential flagpoles off front porches or decks. The flagpole solar light features a gooseneck design for easy positioning and has a 40 lux output.

If you need a solar light for your in-ground flagpole, a Liberty Flagpole Light will automatically come on at dusk and stay on for up to 12 hours so you can properly light your American flag. This solar light for in-ground flagpoles features a rotating arm so you can easily position it and 60 LUX output so your flag will prominently be displayed.

Solar task lights can aid you in many tasks, but one of the most important is safety. LED Solar Address Lights install quickly and easily above your address sign so emergency vehicles (or the delivery guy) can quickly find your home. The LED Solar Address Light extends 6 1/4″ away from the wall and illuminates your address with 3 bright LEDs.

If you have an outdoor space that needs lighting, but you don’t want the hassle of installing electrical wiring, add a Solar LED Shed Light to light up your area. The Solar LED Shed Light works great in a shed, boathouse, greenhouse or any other outdoor structure. Simply attach the solar panel to the outside of the structure, hang the LED light inside and connect the two with the included 10′ cable. The LED Solar Shed Light will provide 2 hours of bright light from 24 LEDs.

Solar Lights – Spot Lights
Similar to task lights, solar spot lights are brighter than other solar lights and can be mounted in a variety of ways. It is important to note that solar spot lights will not be as bright as indoor, incandescent spot lights, but should still give you adequate lighting on the area you wish to highlight. Solar spot lights are commonly used in security areas or areas that need to be lit up using motion sensors. Solar spot lights are also used to highlight a particular piece of garden decor either during the summer months or during holiday season. Solar spot lights generally have a more durable covering than other solar lights.

For more information on solar lights, see our other solar lighting articles: Why Choose Solar Lights and a list of Solar Lights FAQs.

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2 Responses to How to Choose Solar Lights

  1. David Harris says:

    Purchased color changing solarGazing Ball. Need to replace the solar charger, where can I find one?

    • Cyndee D'Agostini says:

      Hi David,
      If you bought the color changing ball recently from Improvements, you can probably exchange it for another. If you contact customer service at 1-800-634-9484, someone can help you. If it’s an older unit, Improvements would not have a replacement solar charger available.

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