You can decorate your garden with beautiful solar garden lights that double up as showpieces, enhancing the landscape of your garden. Solar garden lights are easy to install and come with no wires or moving parts. Hence, they require minimal maintenance and are safe around children and pets. These lights come in pairs with a rechargeable battery that lasts for at least two years.
Buy solar lights keeping in mind the overall aesthetics of your garden. You can buy a single large centerpiece to occupy pride of place in the garden and smaller lights to illuminate the garden pathways. The lights come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes, but it is best to buy lights with a stainless steel finish as they do not rust and can withstand snow and condensation in cold weather.
If you prefer the classic or the antique look, there are many solar garden lights available in a dull, copper finish. They are light and you can easily install them using the instruction manual. You can place them at a distance of a foot or so. However, keep the lights in an area that receives ample sunshine to recharge the batteries for nighttime use. The lights are water-resistant and not waterproof; so keep them away from water pipes and sprinklers to avoid damage to the solar panels. Ensure there is proper drainage in case you have no option but to place them near a sprinkler and clean the scale buildup periodically with a damp cloth.
Keep them away from huge trees or plants that shed leaves, as dust and grime accumulates on the panels and can affect their proper working. Clean them periodically with a damp cloth and use no chemical cleaners as these can damage the solar panel and the sensitive batteries. If you have delicate solar garden lights, it is advisable to remove them and pack them away carefully in winter, taking care not to damage the battery. This is important since lack of adequate sunlight can greatly reduce the lifespan of the battery. Before packing clean the lights and then store them so that you have them shining as new in the springtime. Also, charge the battery in a household charger in the spring before putting it back into the lights before installation.
Coming to batteries, most lights have similar type of rechargeable batteries. Read the instruction manual before putting the battery and check the type of replacement battery that you will need in the future. Never replace the battery of solar garden lights with an alkaline battery, as it will destroy the inner system of the solar cells, making them unfit for future use. To change the battery, first remove the screws using proper screwdrivers from the lights and put them in a tray. Remove the different parts of the light in an order so that it is easier to assemble it back after the battery change. Remove the battery, recharge it or replace it with a new one. Then reassemble the different light parts and put them back again. With this information, you can surely take good care of your solar garden lights.