Types of Solar Landscape Lighting

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Posted on July 12, 2011

Looking for landscape lighting that is relatively easy to handle and energy efficient? Look no further, solar landscape lights can turn night into day in your own backyard. They are both easy to install and powered by the sun!

Foot Lamps

Solar landscape lamps can be positioned along the outer edges of a path for added visibility and safety. Place lamps near any tripping hazards along the path. Even a path leading far away from all electrical sources can be brightened with solar lamps. Stake the lamps into the ground where they will receive adequate sunlight, as without direct sunlight the lamps will not be able to power up for night use. Lamps should be placed between six and eight feet apart. Wireless solar power allows you to change your lighting design without the commitment of laying underground wires. Lamps can even be moved to better positions if parts of your path still appear dark.


Solar powered landscape spotlights can highlight and show off your yard’s best features. Small focused solar spotlights can be positioned below trees and bushes to illuminate them from below. Such lighting will cast impressive shadows across your yard. Landscape spotlights can also be used to call attention to an interesting flower garden or yard sculpture. The spotlights can even be relocated around the yard with ease to highlight whatever is in bloom.

Spotlights can also be used for added security. They can be positioned at the edge of the property to send a beam of light along the fence. This will help create a visual barrier and can provide light for closed-circuit security cameras.

Ambient Lighting

Ambient lights like solar light posts can brighten an entire yard for an evening event. However, these solar lights are larger and require larger solar panels to power them. Hence, mounting them on a post allows you plenty of room for both the lighting element and the solar power cell. Also, this allows the lights to extend their reach over a greater distance. Always, test the range of your post light before you set it into the ground as this type of solar lighting is permanent. Keep in mind, that this option, although more expensive than most solar choices, still has a lower final cost than running electrical power wire all over your yard.