How to Use Your Solar Lights

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With the summer solstice beginning this week, we're making the most of the sunny weather by spending as much time as possible outside. Solar lights are a great energy efficient choice to decorate your garden in the warmer months are they can be used to elevate any space no matter the size. We've compiled a helpful solar light styling guide and video tutorial to help you achieve the brightest and lightest effect from your lights this summer.

1. Receiving your Solar Lights

Once your lights have arrived, unpack and carefully remove all the packaging ready to begin styling them. There may be additional packaging in some items themselves such as lanterns to protect the glass and the candle inside.

Image of packages containing solar lights.
Person removing the packaging from inside a solar lantern.

2. Charge your Lights

Ensure any switches are turned to the ON position so that the battery can begin charging. The switch can either be found on the solar panel itself or at the base of items such as lanterns. After this, place your lights in your favourite sunny spot making sure the solar panel is in direct sunlight and can absorb the suns rays. Depending on your lights, you might need to secure the solar stake into the ground or attach it to a fence or post to ensure it’s in the best position for the sun.

Person turning the solar switch to ON at the base of a lantern.
Person hanging solar festoon lights on her garden shed.
Person placing 2 solar lanterns on the floor next to her garden shed.

3. Wait for Dusk

As soon as the sun sets, watch as your lights automatically illuminate, radiating a cosy glow to bring your space to life. With options of solar stake lights, festoon lights, candle lanterns and more, you can add lights to different height levels of your space and create a magical and enchanting garden all season long.

Close up of solar festoon lights on a garden shed during the day.
Solar festoon lights on a garden shed at night.

Good to Know

During the summer months, you can expect up to 8 hours of light before your solar lights run out and begin charging again the next day. The rechargeable solar batteries are replaceable to ensure your lights stand the test of time. You can also use your solar lights throughout other seasons however, as they are designed for summer, they may not be as bright in the colder months. We would recommend storing your solar lights away throughout winter and bringing them back out in spring when the weather heats up again.

Close up of garden solar lanterns at night lit up.
Photo of garden at night with lit up solar lanterns and solar festoon lights.

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Emily Rayner

Hi, I'm Emily! I love making the most of all the different seasons and sharing ideas for how you can transform your space to create the perfect ambience. I’ll provide some styling advice for how you can use some of our new and favourite products to create your dream home and garden.

Last updated: 24/06/2022

Emily Rayner

Hi, I'm Emily! I love making the most of all the different seasons and sharing ideas for how you can transform your space to create the perfect ambience. I’ll provide some styling advice for how you can use some of our new and favourite products to create your dream home and garden.

Last updated: 24/06/2022