Solar path lights definitely increase your curb appeal and the benefit that they are solar powered, provides electricity savings. It is a common query for a homeowner that how much solar path lights will be needed to light up their pathways. How many solar path lights are needed and how much spacing is sufficient between them. This also differentiates them from the electric lights because they don’t emit that much light relatively. So it is mandatoty that they be spaced efficiently to provide a well-lit even outdoor lighting.
You will preferably want to position the solar lights to get the most of their coverage. So how much spacing is to be put between each light? As a general rule, small coverage lights should be placed 6-8 feet apart for residential use. For a tronger commercial use, place them 4-6 feet apart so that they overlap more.
According to greenwindsolar.com, before purchasing the solar path lights, make rough estimate of how many lights you will be needing by marking the space on the pathway where the lights would be positioned within your spacing. Home landscaping design comes down yo your own personal liking and lighting requirements.
However, if you intentd to add the lights as a safety measure, carefully assess the brightness you’ll need along the pathway. This will add to clarity about how many lights and how much spacing between each of them you’ll be requiring. Moreover, electric lights are twice as bright as their solar counterparts, so when using solar lighting you will need more lights to provide the same effect. The light and performance of the solar lights also depend on the amount of sunlight or shade they are getting in the area. Adequate amount of sunlight for the lights is 6-7 hours per day. Do not worry if you don’t get enough sunlight in your area and you still want a beautiful lighting along your landscape. You should install a photovoltaic cell, or get an expert to set them for you, and place the cells on your roof or any other sunny spot in your house. The panel can then be connected to the lights to improve their lighting
Afer all it comes down to your own personal preference and what you are trying to achieve. Here are some techniques of positioning the solar lighting, experiment with these and you will have great clarity of what kind of lighting can be attained.
The technique refers to place the light at low or ground level so that they shine upward at objects. Common features to uplight are large trees, garden features as well as walls. They create enchanting shadows in your landscape and provide extra light. To create a captivating lighting effect set the lights against trees or bushes to portray a shadow effect on the greenery/
Downlighting lights emit their light downwards so install them at a higher level to create this effect/
Downlighting is a good way to spread the light across a large area, so if you install them correctly you can create beautiful effect of soft spread of light across the pathway.
Other effects can be added using silhouette and grazing techniques or making use of solar spotlights. Lighting shapes out the aesthetic of any environment so make sure to try out the different syles and inventive ways to create different lighting. Be waty about adding to much lighting or not spacing them out enough, you do not want to make your landscape to bright. You can aslo space to them evenly across both the sides of the pathway or go for the modern elegant look of placing them on one side only