During the daytime a pool or a pond can easily be enjoyed with sun light. At night though, an assortment of exterior lighting fixtures needs to be used for you to be able to enjoy these areas. For pools and ponds there are a number of electrical light fixtures that can be used underwater, attached to the wall, or on ground around these areas. But what about on the water itself? Floating solar lights are able to add lighting to the water’s surface. The light shines, reflects, dances and wash over the water.
Like A Tropical Resort At Night
Any water feature in a garden should be well lit. There is a sense of calmness that comes with water features, with the soft movement of the water, a feeling that can’t be replicated with other features in the garden. Think of walking around a tropical resort at night with pools, and ponds lit up.
Like any solar light, solar floating lights for a pool or pond are: a) cost effective as they are cheap to buy (costs ranging from $10-$30) and don’t cost anything to run, b) low maintenance as they will switch themselves on when it gets dark and c) easy to install, all you do is throw them into the water. Each floating solar light will have LED lights within them that can provide up to 10 hours of lighting with 1 charge, a rechargeable battery, a solar panel to absorb the sunlight, and a light sensor to let the light know when it gets dark. To get maximum performance out of these solar lights, they will need 5-8 hours (depending on the size of the light fixture, solar cell efficiency, etc.) of daylight.
The Range of Floating Solar Lighting
Floating solar lights come in a range of different types to suit different peoples tastes in garden lighting. They come in a range of lighting colors – some are fixed to one color, others will change colors as they shine, there are some floating light fixtures that allow you to choose the light color. There are also decorative floating lights – some come as floating water lily’s or flowers. There are floating solar pond lights that shine downwards so that you can see the fishes swimming at night. If you plan on lighting a whole swimming pool or a large pond, you will need a number of floating lights to do the lighting any justice, whereas a small pond/fountain/or birdbath can do with 2-3 lights.
Tips on Solar Exterior Lighting
- Because these floating solar lights automatically switch on when it gets dark, other light sources will interrupt or switch the light off at night. So they can’t be too close to on ground lighting that shines into the water.
- The solar cell or outer part of the light fixtures will need to be clear of debris and dirt so that it can absorb sunlight to its maximum potential
- Be careful as a few solar floating light warranties will not cover them being placed into swimming pools
Getting The Most Out Of Any Solar Garden Lighting
Floating solar lights can be inexpensive, ranging from 10-30$ per unit. But just like any solar exterior lighting fixture, investment in the fixtures will pay off in the long run. Cheap solar lights will have low quality parts, which means they will not be able to absorb and convert the sunlight efficiently and the lights will not shine as bright or as long as higher quality solar light fixtures.
Creating A Beautiful Outdoor Space
Keep in mind that one of the main lighting design principles is to use a range of different lighting fixtures. This is because different lights produce different lighting effects adding to the visual beauty of an area. Using only one type of lighting fixture, whether outdoors or indoors, will create a monotone look. So adding solar floating lights to your garden lighting design will add another lighting effect, adding to the beauty of your outdoor space.