We all love our lawns and gardens where we have spent hours planting, watering, and weeding. They allow us to express ourselves, enjoy a fresh breeze in the backyard, and distinguish ourselves from the neighbors.
Installing outdoor lighting can add value to your home and garden by accenting that hard work you put in during the day, at night. Electric lights are bright but require a nearby outlet and raise your power bill. Battery-powered lights are also an option but are expensive in the long term.
Solar is a one time purchase that requires little thought during and after installation, allowing years of enjoyment from your lights. This makes solar stakes are a good choice for many gardens.
These lights come in many fun shapes and sizes that will bring a smile to your face when you see them light up at night. This guide will help you choose between many different options, deciding which might best fit your need.
I love springtime when flowers begin to bloom. These solar garden stake flower lights, when placed among existing plants in your garden, add some color day and night.
The larger solar panel when compared to other models can help keep the color-changing lights charged in shady or cloudy areas.
The fabric flowers are nice looking and adjusting the metal wire stem to your desired shape allows freedom to curate your own year-round flower bed.
Made of metal and glass, these lights add a nice aesthetic to your outdoor areas. They look nice when placed alone, in small groups, or along pathways.
Made to be long-lasting and bright enough to light the immediate surroundings in a soft glow. A nice decorative option for gardens and paths.
Getting the kids outdoors can be tough sometimes. This solar light stake available with fun insect shapes and bright color-changing lights can get the kids, or the kid in you, excited to get in the garden again.
The lights are bright enough to light up a pathway and can add a playful vibe to your home and garden.
The sun is a huge generator of energy that can be converted into electricity through the use of photovoltaic cells. When placed beside each other on a panel, the individual cells absorb sunlight and start knocking electrons loose. These electrons start flowing, creating a current which can be fed through wires into a battery for later use. Falling prices have made solar a reasonable solution for household power.
Solar lights require no plugs or extension cords and are simple to use and enjoy. Stick it in the ground where the sun shines and wait for nightfall! An outdoor solar powered garden stake is the best option for simplicity. They are budget-friendly and require little to no maintenance.
Keep in mind you will need 4-6 hours of direct sunlight daily to provide enough energy to run the lights throughout the night. Overcast days can still provide power but the lights may end up faltering halfway through the night. Keep that in mind when considering the placement of your lights at home.
The solar panel is probably the most important part to consider during the purchase. The quality and size will directly affect how much energy you can gather for use at night. Solar panels are measured in watts or mAh, a higher number equaling more power. Look for larger panels that can absorb several watts/mAh of energy.
Battery capacity is measured in mAh. A higher number means more electricity can be stored in the battery. Keep in mind larger batteries either require longer charge times or bigger solar panels to reach full capacity. To compare battery sizes and solar panels, divide mAh of the battery by the mAh of the solar panel to determine about how many hours of direct sunlight you’ll need for a full charge.
Solar LED garden stakes are easily seen from a distance, accenting your garden and home. Brightness will be similar among brands. Most differences are in run and charge times due to battery capacity and solar panel efficiency.
Ingress protection ratings, IP for short, are an international standard used to determine the sealed effectiveness of electrical products. The first digit indicates intrusion protection from dust on a scale of one through six, six being completely dustproof. The second digit refers to moisture protection on a scale from one to eight, eight indicating protection from prolonged submersion. IP65 is a good rating to look for. It will ensure your unit is protected from dust and water spray in all directions.
When purchasing outdoor equipment durability should be on your mind. Discoloring of lights, water damage, and broken stakes can reduce the enjoyment of your outdoor solar stake lighting. Make sure the product you select is made of quality materials that will last in the sun and rain. You should expect to replace your lights after 2-4 years of regular use.
It is a good idea to check out the manufacturer’s warranty. It’s a good sign when a company stands behind their product, offering either replacements or refunds.
Look for something that expresses who you are and what you enjoy. Options to choose from include light-up moons, frogs, ladybugs, flowers, abstract shapes, gnomes, and more. Make your garden stand out.
Solar lights are simple to install but a few things deserve your attention. Soil composition will determine if you need to moisten the soil with water before installing the stake. Forcing a stake into the hard ground can break your lights or cause injury.
If the light detaches from the stake, install the stake in the ground first before attaching the light. You may consider installing multiple sets to prevent the lights from looking too lonely in your garden.
Adjustable metal wire stems and leaves.
Garden stakes will light up your garden and allow you to enjoy it even after the sunsets. With many options to choose from it can seem a little overwhelming deciding between products when many appear similar on the outside. If you focus on 4 simple metrics it will make your decision easier.