LIGHTING your garden can be a minefield, which is why you’ll do well to invest in some of the best solar garden lights.
Powered by the sun’s light during the day, these style of lights will then illuminate when the evening comes.
A great alternative to mains-powered lights, you won’t have to worry about having them plug into a mains outlet, which means you can pop them pretty much anywhere, quickly and easily.
Most solar-powered lights promise around eight to 10 hours of illumination, but we’d say you’re likely to get between four to six, which is usually all you’ll need in the summer.
The drawbacks? Well, as they charge up during the day, it means you will need to pop them in an area where they can get the sun’s rays in order to do so.
Granted, that can be a pain if you want to pop them in a shady area, so if that’s the case, look for a design that has a separate solar panel – the panel goes in the sunny area, while the lights can stay in the shady spot.
Maybe you want some extra security with lighting by your front door, or are you purely looking for it to provide a fun, decorative touch?
Whatever you’re after, we’ve found a mix of solar-powered lights to keep your outdoor space well-lit and looking its best.
We all know that a cushion or two can add a bit of colour to your garden but how about using your lighting to do the same thing?
The Solvinden globe pendant lamp comes in a few designs, from stripes and spots to a retro flower print, and are ideal for stringing up over your dining table or seating area.
A lamp for your garden you say? Yes, with this Eva Solo design you can really take your indoors outside and make it feel like a living or dining space.
With concealed solar panels inside, the lamp features a frosted glass shade and an aluminium base, and gives you up to 20 hours illumination after the sun goes down.
It also has an on/off switch and comes in two different sizes, so you can pop the larger lamp on the floor and the smaller one on your tabletop to create that magical night-time glow.
This classic lantern-style light would look good with one placed either side of a door, or a few spaced out along a back wall – and it comes with a two-year guarantee as well.
You can’t go wrong with some solar-powered stake lights for lighting pathways, borders and driveways, and this set of 12 are a smart buy.
Made from plastic and stainless steel, they’re easy to assemble and the slim design makes for an elegant finish.
You’ll need to buy the LED bulbs for them separately but we think the price and design make them a winner.
Hang them on trellis or fences, along parasol or table edges, above doorways or in bushes or trees for extra sparkle in the evening.
The string has 30 white stars and is 7.9 metres long, with a separate solar panel - so you can place the lights in a shady area and they’ll still be charged by the panel (in a sunny spot).
If you want a neat finish to your outdoor lighting, then this solar-powered strip light will do the trick.
If you enjoyed our roundup of best solar garden lights, you might find our piece on cheap garden furniture sets of interest.
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