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Solar Lighting Design Tips

Posted by on 3/8/2017

Creating a Plan for Solar Lighting is Easier than you Think! 

Solar lighting plans aren't that different from creating a traditional electrical lighting plan. Aside from not having to work with pesky wires, electrical connections, shovels, and installation instructions, you only have to plan for 3 things:  

1.  The solar light must be positioned in a sunny area so it can recharge itself, or  
2.  For shady areas, provision should be made for a Remote Solar Panel
3.  Decide how you're going to use all the money you'll save on hydro/electric bills!

How many solar lights and where?

Two questions we're often asked!  Here are a few solar lighting design tips from your friends at free-light: 

  • If you want solar lighting for accents along a path or walkway, choose lights that give a smaller, softer light and space them farther apart. 
  • If more light is needed, position the solar lights closer together so that they overlap more. 
  • Generally speaking, smaller profile lighting for residential projects should be spaced 6 - 8 feet apart, while commercial applications requiring more light should be placed 4 - 6 feet apart. 
  • Before you actually purchase solar lighting products, figure out how many lights you need. Measure your space and mark the location for your solar lights. You can use garden stakes, sticks or plant pots to help you identify locations. Step back, admire your work and make adjustments. Sometimes the smallest change in height or location can make the biggest difference.  
Good lighting design comes down to two things: personal preference and lighting needs:

Scroll through our solar light catalogue and you'll see many applications of free-light solar lighting products in use. Our customers often send us photographs of their new free-light solar lighting landscapes, and we encourage you to do the same. 

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