Solar energy has been gaining popularity across Australia over the last few years, with many Australians turning to solar to power their homes. Solar energy is one of the best ways to save electricity.
Considering average electricity bill in Australia is high compared to many other countries, it is no wonder many Aussies are choosing to go for solar panels installation and other ways to utilise solar energy.
As the sunniest continent on the planet, it makes sense for Australia to harness the power of the sun, and there are plenty of ways to do this.
Solar garden lights are one of the most popular solar products. Read on to find out all you need to know, including the many benefits of solar garden lights Australia, how they work, and how to install them into your garden.
What are solar garden lights?
Solar garden lights are lights that you install to your garden or pathway. They collect and store solar energy from the sun throughout the day, and then use it to light up your garden when it goes dark. They provide an easy and convenient way to light up your garden and come with a plethora of benefits.
How solar garden lights work
Most solar garden lights have just one solar cell which produces a low voltage, and a varying amount of current dependent on the size of the cell and the amount of light it gets. The solar cell is wired to a battery via a diode, which stops the battery’s current from flowing back to the solar cell at night.
The battery charges during the daytime, until the solar cell stops producing power. At this point, a photoresistor turns on the LED light.
Benefits of using solar garden lights Australia
There are plenty of reasons to use solar garden lights.
As mentioned above, Australia enjoys an abundance of sunshine which essentially provides free power. Solar garden lights are generally fairly inexpensive to purchase and install, and once they are installed there are no running costs. Ask us about how we can help with solar garden light installation today.
Furthermore, they require little to no maintenance. Overall, they are a highly cost-effective solution.
In addition, as we all know, solar is a form of clean green energy. Solar garden lights allow you to light your garden without the negative environmental impact of traditional energy sources.
Solar lights also offer convenience, as there is no need to plug them into a power source and run a cord to the light. You will enjoy a steady source of power with no risk of tripping over cords. Furthermore, you can pick them up and move them around with ease if needed.
Additionally, solar garden lights are safe. There is no risk of children, pets, or visitors tripping over wires, being electrocuted, or being strangled by cords. There is also no threat of the lights overheating.
Where to buy solar garden lights Australia
You can purchase solar garden lights from your local hardware store, Bunnings, or a lighting store or garden centre. You can also try homeware stores like Kmart and Target.
Prices vary and can stretch up to about $70 per light, or even more. However, it is important to keep in mind that more expensive options from more reputable brands may be higher quality and longer-lasting. It is best to buy lights that come with a 12-month warranty.
Consider where your light will go, in order to choose the best one for your space.
How to install solar garden lights
Installation will vary depending on which lights you purchase, however they generally have a spike on the bottom which allows them to be easily installed into soil or sand.
When deciding where to install your lights, consider which part of the garden you would like to be illuminated and whether they will be in the way. It is also important to place them in a spot where they will get plenty of sunlight. You may need to leave the lights in a sunny spot to charge for up to 12-14 hours before installing them.
Once you have decided where your lights will go, you may need to prepare the soil. If the soil is hard and compact, water it to soften it first. You can also use a shovel to loosen the soil further.
You will usually need to switch it on by opening the top flicking the switch to ‘on’. Then simply stake the light into the ground spike-first. Don’t push too hard or you could risk breaking your new lights. If you are having trouble, you should further prepare the soil by watering and loosening it with a shovel.
If you’re unsure about installing your solar garden lights yourself, Jarvis Electrical can help you to install all kinds of solar lights to any garden – just give us a call.