I Live In Michigan, But Was Unable To Make Solar Path Lighting Work For Me
by Tami W.
Before you buy solar path lighting for your garden, just make sure you will have enough sunshine to make it work.
Last Year I Bought Several Solar Path Lighting Garden Lights To Illuminate A Path Around My Yard.
I have this beautiful path made of stones that has various plants on either side, but I had never been able to enjoy it at night.
I Thought That Solar Path Lighting Would Be A Great Option To Illuminate My Path As They Absorb Energy From The Sun During The Day That Could Be Used After Dark To Create Light.
- Unfortunately, because I live in Michigan the sky is often overcast (there are lots of clouds that form over the great lakes) and the sun sets fairly early as we are so far North.
This Means That The Solar Path Lights Did Not Get A Chance To Receive Much Sunlight Through The Day.
Therefore I found that many of my solar garden lights did not shine very brightly and did not last very long into the evening.
My Solar Path Lighting Was Also Surrounded By A Lot Of Trees - Which Created Yet Another Problem
Another problem that I had with my solar path lights was that because my garden path had various trees, shrubs, and flowers planted alongside of it, a handful of the solar garden lights were not able to receive much sunlight even when the sun was up because they were covered by shade.
- I tried to position each of the solar garden lights as much out of the shade as possible, but I really wanted to illuminate at night some areas that were almost always covered with shade during the day.
Because Of My Difficulties With The Sunlight In My Location, I Did Not Have Very Much Success With The Solar Path Lighting.
Perhaps they would be more suitable for someone who lived in a sunnier climate (further South or further away from lakes) or for someone who wished to illuminate a sunnier area.
My Advice Would Be To Buy A Few Solar Garden Lights First And Place Them In Various Locations Throughout Your Garden To See How Much Sun They Are Able To Receive And How Much Light They Will Give Off After Dark.
- You can move them every few days to try out all the locations you would like to have lit.
- That way, you will only have spent a fraction of what I spent trying to cover my entire garden path if the solar garden lights also don't work out for you.
Hopefully You Have Better Luck With Your Solar Path Lighting Than I Did...
Warm Regards, Tami