How to install solar garden lighting

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How to install solar garden lighting

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Project Overview

Solar powered lights in the garden look great and help save money on your power bill. Whether it’s in your front or backyard, they’re easy to install yourself. We’ll show you how to assemble the lights and how to activate the solar powered batteries.

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Step by Step Instructions

1 Decide where to put the solar lights
2 Remove the tag
3 Assemble the solar lights
4 Install the lights
5 Remove the sticker
6 Assemble the butterfly light
7 Switch the charger on
8 Install the butterfly light
  • Step 1. Decide where to put the solar lights

    Before you start, decide where you want to place the garden lights. In this instance, they’re being placed along a path. This is being done for safety reasons and to make the path stand out at night.

  • Step 2. Remove the tag

    The first step is to remove the top of the solar light and pull out the tag that stops the solar battery from recharging. Put the top of the light back together. Make sure you do this for all of the solar lights or they won’t work.
  • Step 3. Assemble the solar lights

    Insert the support pole into the head of the solar light. Then attach the stake firmly into the bottom of the support pole. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to assemble all of the other lights in the pack.
  • Step 4. Install the lights

    Make sure you place the lights somewhere that they will get enough sunlight, this will let them shine brighter for longer. To install the lights, insert the stake into the ground. Place the solar lights an even distance apart. Check to make sure that the light is secure and won’t fall or be blown over. 

  • Step 5. Remove the sticker

    After you’ve placed your solar lights where you want them, peel off the sticker that covers the solar panel, on the top of the lights. The solar lights will now start charging.

  • Step 6. Assemble the butterfly light

    To assemble the butterfly light, insert the support pole into the base of the butterfly. Then attach the stake.

  • Step 7. Switch the charger on

    There’s a switch underneath the solar panel for the butterfly, turn it on, so the battery will start charging. Remove the sticker covering the solar panel.

  • Step 8. Install the butterfly light

    Choose the ideal location for your butterfly light, it could be in your garden or a pot plant. Firmly insert the stake into the ground. Make sure the light is secure and won’t fall or be blown over.

Tools and Materials


  • Butterfly solar garden light
  • Solar garden lights
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Health & Safety

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