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Solar lights are an easy way to make your garden sparkle at night or light the path to your door. Find out some tips on how to choose solar lights for your home.

How solar lights work

Solar lights can provide an easy and flexible light to complement the best features in your garden. They are also handy for lighting pathways and setting a special mood for outdoor entertaining.

So that they can absorb as much solar energy as possible, these lights are designed to be out in the sun all day. Each light usually has its own solar panel that charges an internal battery to power the light. 

The best part is, they won't add to your electricity bill. Solar lighting is the ultimate in energy efficiency, with all of their power coming from the sun.

Easy to install them yourself

Solar lights are constructed either from stainless steel or plastic and are usually silver or black in colour. Available in a variety of styles, you can choose from modern, industrial, classic and a few novelty designs.

As a self-contained unit they require no wiring. Solar path lights and spotlights sit on a spike that you can simply push into firm soil. Deck and wall lights can be easily mounted onto walls and pillars.

Solar light location is everything

Solar lights provide a cool white light that is a more effective light at lower power. The amount of light you create is relative to the number of solar lights you install. 

For the best performance, solar lights need as much sunlight as they can get, so try to avoid placing them in shady areas. Because the path lights don't require any fixings or connections you can easily relocate them if you put them in the wrong spot. 

Solar highlights for your garden

The best way to approach solar lighting in your garden is to focus on your best outdoor features. Place solar path lights along walkways to guide the way and highlight plants nearby. 

Get your solar lights

Discover the wide range of solar lighting available at your local Bunnings Warehouse.

 

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.