Creating an outdoor lighting solution for your property can be a difficult task without developing a design plan to follow. The steps below should ease the burden of completing this home improvement project.
The first task is to decide where you are going to apply these outside solar lights. Draw a rough blue print of the property and deal with the front, back and side of the house separately. This will break up the task into smaller and more manageable portions.
At this point, you need to determine the purpose of the lighting you want to deploy. There are essentially three types of reasons to deploy lighting – for security purposes, for safety purposes or to enhance the look and feel of your property. You may choose one, some or all of these objectives for your lighting solution.
Based upon your decision in the prior step, select the areas you want to apply this type of lighting to and mark it on the blue print. For instance, you might mark off the driveway, the front walkway or the front entrance for safety concerns. Repeat this process for all the types of lighting you wish to incorporate.
If you are deploying all three types of lighting, you will notice that certain areas will be duplicated. For instance, you may want to apply outside solar lights as safety lighting and security lighting to the front entrance. This duplication can be handled by one solar landscape light that will meet both requirements.
At this point, take your blue print outside and begin to survey the areas where you want to deploy your outside solar lights. For each placement, you must decide what style of light to use – a flush mount, a spiked mount, post mount, complete post or curb marker.
Based upon the placement of these outside solar lights, you must determine whether there is enough light hitting this area to power the solar fixture. If the sunlight is not sufficient to power the fixture, the solar landscape light must be purchased with an external solar panel that can be placed in the direct sunlight. Typically, a solar garden light will require an external solar panel because these lights are often shaded by the shrubs or plants. Finally, it is important to decide what type of light intensity is required. For areas that need bright light, you must choose a solar light that has a large number of LEDs. For areas that do not require as much light intensity, you can choose a solar light that has less LEDs.
Once you are armed with all the information, you are ready to purchase these outside solar lights. The best place to purchase a solar landscape light is at an on-line retailer because of the choices they offer and the exceptional pricing they can provide you.
In conclusion, it is highly recommended that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions on properly installing these outside solar lights.