Pond Lights can be a great addition to any backyard space; illuminating the water, creating wonderful reflections, and providing an invaluable safety feature. However when installing Pond Lighting, there are a few things to consider to ensure you are making the most out of your Lighting Fixtures.
How will your Pond Lights be powered?
In the past there was often only one power-supply choice – a wired mains power connection. Although this is still a good choice, as it provides consistent and strong power to your Pond Lights, there is now the choice of solar power.
Solar powered units are generally lower in brightness, however, this form of power can be very convenient. Solar lights do not need to be in range of any power source and so can be placed independently, but they rely on good placement – and usually provide less power than there wired counterparts.
Solar Pond Pumps
Solar pond pumps are a great zero-cost solution for running small water features in your pond, without adding to your monthly electricity bill.
Main Benefits of Solar Pond Pumps
Solar panels collect sunlight to produce electrical energy, which means no monthly running costs or need for a mains connection.
As the name suggests, a solar powered pond pump just requires energy from the sun to work. Solar rays will hit the pumps solar panels and then be converted into electricity. The more sunlight you get, the better your pump will run!
The biggest single benefit of a solar pump for most pond owners would be the lack of monthly running costs. So long as you get a sufficient amount of sunlight each day, the pump will be able to function autonomously, without even needing to be wired to your mains socket.
Solar pumps are also very discreet, quiet in operation, and usually powerful enough to run smaller water features without trouble. If you live somewhere with plenty of months of sunlight, it can be a great (and cheap) addition to your garden pond.
To top it off, solar power is environmentally friendly and considered a green energy source. Renewable energy is the way of the future, and every little helps!
No monthly running costs
No need for wiring/electricity
Perfect for small fountains
Small and discreet
Solar panel and battery quality?
Solar panels need to be manufactured to a high quality standard, and the larger the panels in size, the more power will be produced!
For your solar pump to keep running at night and on overcast days, you’ll also need a solar battery with adequate charge. From experience, after a full day of sunlight, a good battery should provide around 3-5 hours of further use before the charge is depleted.
If the pump kit doesn’t come with a battery pack included, you can purchase one separately and attach to the solar panels fairly easily.