Garden Lighting Features: Solar and Traditional

There are just so many styles of outdoor landscape lighting that it can be hard to decide which one is right for your particular needs.  In this article, we’ll cover some of the more pressing issues and talk about the features and benefits of some of the more popular types of garden lighting examples.  Some of the more traditional types of garden lights pertain to the category of the ‘wired’ styles.  We’ll go over these in more detail in a moment.  Then, you’ve got the solar garden lights.  Solar lights come in a variety of models and styles as well.

Let’s jump right into this discussion beginning with a more classic type of lighting feature, the garden stake type of light.  This one is the classic type where you have a buried low-voltage wire running beneath your soil or patio pavers and then connect your lights in series to a transformer and power source.  These still compose the majority of garden lighting features today.  They are simple to install and will last for many years.  Of course, there are some brands that are more reliable than others.  You should really consult with your local landscape designer or professional installer for a better idea of the types to avoid.  The wired styles can come be used for both up lighting, say for trees and exterior home spotlighting features or for more down lighting, to create areas of illumination in your garden area itself.

Now, for the wireless styles.  What we are discussing with these are really solar lights.  Solar garden lights are very popular and improvements in technology have brought about even more innovation in this particular segment of the market.  Solar models often come in the stake styles, but can also be found for deck posts and other features of a patio, like your patio umbrella, just as one example.

Solar lighting does also have a wired option.  This is more useful for an area that you want to ensure will be illuminated even in poor weather conditions that would otherwise not provide enough sun power to charge your lights.  These then revert to a battery backup system that will enable the lights to still function.

As you can see, there are some different aspects to consider when choosing between solar and traditional types of outdoor lighting.  You will also need to think about the intensity of the light you wish to cast.  Often, solar lighting is more useful for spot features and is not as good for providing a blanket of light for larger areas.  Hopefully, this gets you started in the direction of finding the perfect garden lighting for your home.