What’s a garden without illumination? Passionate gardeners are beginning to tap into the wealth of opportunity for creativity and design in garden lighting.
As a result, solar powered energy is becoming much cheaper and more accessible. Gone are the days of cables running from windows to twinkle some fragile fairy lights nailed to the back fence.
Now, you can project patterns and colors onto your walls and foliage, dig lights into the ground to illuminate pathways at night, or embed them into the walls of your house. Gardens have become exciting, lively places, inviting you to venture out of the house and enjoy them in the dark, as well as the daytime.
We’ve included Foho’s ground lights because not all gardeners have big trees that they want to illuminate, and these ground lights do an amazing job of illuminating shrubbery, hedges and bushes.
They turn on automatically when the light drops below a certain level, and with eight individual LEDs, they provide a lot of light for such small pieces of equipment.
The four lights are weatherproofed and have been adapted for usability, using external switches to manually turn on and off, rather than those awkward pin-hole buttons – why can you never find a pin when you need one?
Foho says that their lights take about seven hours to fully charge and that they will then last for up to ten hours, which is more than enough to keep the garden looking respectable for a barbecue or garden party.
Their flattened position against the ground makes them safe to use along your garden walkways and green areas, providing reducing the trip hazard far more than larger lights.
No-one wants to send gran tumbling into the flowerbeds at the family barbecue!
You might need more than one pack to illuminate a whole garden’s worth of shrubs, but that’s not too much of a problem for the wallet as the lights are very affordable as a pack of four.
Nekepy’s lights are a bargain at two for less than twenty dollars, and surprisingly for such a budget piece of equipment, they come with a 1-year warranty from the makers!
Nekepy assures buyers that the products are weatherproof and of hardwearing materials, and the design is attractive if a little basic.
The lights are automatic and do not require any attention – they will sense the light lowering and turn themselves on, and when the sun rises, they will return to energy storage mode.
They are adjustable and of a similar design to most outdoor solar lights, but they don’t come with an adjustable charging panel, and there aren’t any settings to choose from with regards to the lighting.
If you just want a simple light to simpy add some depth to your garden foliage at night, then these budget lights will be perfect.
If you want something more exciting and user-friendly, maybe think about spending a little bit more on some of the others mentioned in this list, which can come with optional extras such as different light settings, adjustability, and more durability.
FindYouLED offer one of the furthest reaching solar spotlights on the market at up to 130 Lumen per lighting fixture, and stretching to just under fifty feet of output.
This light comes with a separate solar panel which when fully charged will give light for up to nine hours, and you have the choice of mounting it in the ground or on the wall.
The shorter battery life is due to the increase in brightness, and these lights are ideal for larger areas, the long stakes providing sturdy fixture into the ground.
There are accessories to assist you in adjusting the light output, and the lights will turn on and off automatically, leaving little for you to do to maintain them.
The benefits of having a separate charger are mainly in that you can position the charger in the best place to catch the sun, without having to sacrifice the position of your lights or vice versa.
With two lights included for under thirty dollars, they are not a bad choice, and the materials have been durability tested for use throughout all of the seasons.
The charger panel is bulky, but because it is separate, it can be moved around according to what space you have available, giving you the freedom to keep it in the background whilst your beautifully lit trees take the attention.
There aren’t many solar light providers who venture past the colors of black and grey, which is one of the reasons we included the HEX light in this list.
Not everyone wants black or grey!
The light itself is high quality, and is smaller than many designs on the market, making it less imposing on your area and the space around it.
With its walnut finish, it becomes less obtrusive on the eyes and adds a more classical touch to the garden, where silver can sometimes look too modern or even clinical.
HEX claim that it will provide you with up to eight hours of light on a full charge, and the cable linking the charging panel to the light is five meters long, giving you the ability to optimize positioning for the most sunlight.
If five meters isn’t long enough, HEX does also sell extension cables, which means you could even stretch the panel to your roof for maximum energy storage.
Aesthetically, the design is simple but familiar, and the squared edges of the lamp give it an almost 1970s feel.
If your garden is themed in design and you like to have matching gadgets and equipment, this lamp will offer far more interest than those of more familiar colors and shapes.
DBF’s lights are probably amongst the snazziest on the market with their science fiction appearance, and they’ll certainly light up your garden using their 18 LED bulbs.
These lights produce up to 600 Lumens, so they’re probably better for larger gardens, public parks and big events.
The light is warm and inviting, and fully charged can provide power for up to ten hours, meaning that so long as you keep them well maintained and charged, you shouldn’t ever need them and not be able to use them.
There are two brightness modes available to choose from, and you can attach them to the wall or dig them into the ground, with an approximate charging time of around seven hours.
Both the light itself and the charging panel are adjustable, allowing you to turn the panel to face the sun, harnessing as much of its energy as possible.
This also means you can re-focus the light without repositioning the whole thing, giving you the freedom to change your mind without energy-consuming consequences.
Best of all, they come with a twelve-month warranty for any issues related to the quality of the product.
With a total of sixty individual LED bulbs, this is right up there with the brightest solar powered lights available on the market.
The charging panel is of a good enough quality to provide up to ten hours of continuous illumination if it has been charged fully, and the battery is replaceable, meaning that when the time comes you can replace it, rather than buy an entirely new light.
Everybody loves some sustainability, and it’s easy to forget about waste when you’re already being eco-friendly enough to use renewable energy sources!
The light can be placed on the ground as a landscaping light, but also comes with a wall bracket to allow it to be fixed to the wall.
The 120-degree beam angle is perfect for lighting up larger spaces, and would probably be too bright for a small personal garden – make sure you have an area large enough to utilize the extreme reach of this lamp’s beam.
Otherwise, a smaller, less powerful light might be a better choice.
Maintenance is low, you just need to keep the lamp area free of dust and detritus, and the whole thing is totally waterproof, so you can leae it in position all year long.
This light offers a fully adjustable and rotating charging panel, allowing you to position it according to where the sunlight falls in your garden.
This makes up for the fact that the panel is attached to the lights themselves, which can sometimes reduce your options in positioning.
When fully charged, lighting can last up to eleven hours and can shine for up to 26 feet.
You can leave the light out all year long, and the design offers the convenience of being able to light in two directions from the same source, giving you more space in the garden for plants, ornaments and of course trees.
Each lamp is equipped with six highpowered LED bulbs, and they can be rotated around 360 degrees.
Perfect to be situated in the corners of your garden, or between two larger trees, they will show the limits to your territory and guide your steps in the dark whilst displaying your proud foliage.
This lamp is more expensive than others with similar light outputs, however, the design makes up for this in being able to offer two directional lights from one piece of equipment.
You will need fewer lights to illuminate larger numbers of trees and other landscape features, saving your money for other important design features!
This set of two lights from Solar Light Mart offer an improved stake design, which provides more surface area and gives a stronger hold once in the ground.
But you don’t have to put them on the ground – they also come with wall fixings and mechanical fasteners which create lighting effects according to your taste.
The separate charging panel provides that ability to position best for sunlight without impacting on where you want your garden to be lit, and the ten-meter cord is longer than some of the other options in this list.
Most importantly though, for these lights at least, are the three brightness settings – more than any other white light on this list.
The output time varies according to which brightness setting is chosen, ranging from five hours at maximum brightness to fifteen hours on its lowest setting.
This puts the Solar Light Mart twinset among the longest outputs on the market, too, and helps to explain the slightly higher price tag at just under forty dollars for the two.
Green Lighting’s pack of six lights allow for the sustainable, renewable illumination of forest walkways, permaculture groves and hedge mazes.
The lights are all fully adjustable and are enough in quantity to be used to illuminate larger objects, such as buildings.
The automatic light sensor removes any responsibility on your part to turn the lights on and off, responding to lowering light levels in the evening, and to the sun rising in the morning.
At less than ten dollars per lamp in thismulti-pack offer, they are the most affordable on this list, but brightness and durability understandably suffer for this.
If you don’t need your lights to be super bright, but want lots of them to illuminate the different garden and building features, then Green Lighting’s product will satisfy your needs.
Whilst the lack of a separate charging panel will leave you limited to best positioning for sunlight, the lamps are also therefore far more portable, without having to find a place for the bulky charging panel, as well as the lamps themselves.
The separate charging panel and cord length are what set this twin pack of lights apart from their competitors – at over fourteen feet, the cables allow you to position your charger where there is most light in your garden, whilst leaving you the freedom to position the lamps where you wish.
The battery is of a higher quality than others on the market, and the lamps can provide full power lighting for up to nine hours when fully charged.
Each component, including the charging panel, is able to be fixed into the ground or onto a wall, further improving your positioning freedom.
The product comes with a one year warranty from APONUO, but is slightly more expensive than others in this list, at just over thirty-five dollars.
The lights do offer two brightness settings to choose from, and the three-bead LED lamps to provide a brighter, warmer light than many others available.