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Memorial Day DIY Project: Add Solar Lights to Your Backyard

Add Solar Lights to Your Backyard

Let's add solar lights to your backyard! When it comes to adding solar lights to your backyard over Memorial Day, this simple DIY solar project can leave your home with amazing benefits that you probably have never thought about.

Benefits to Adding Solar Lights To Your Backyard

We've listed the top benefits to adding solar lights to your backyard, and they include:

  • Eco-Friendly: Solar lighting uses energy from the sun, a renewable resource that is better for the environment and minimizes the carbon footprint.
  • Cost-Efficient: Solar lights are free to use once installed because they are powered by sunlight, which could result in a reduction in your monthly electricity costs.
  • Low Maintenance: In general, solar lights require little upkeep. There isn't much else you need to do besides the occasional cleaning and possibly changing the batteries every couple of years.
  • Easy Installation: Most solar lights don't require wiring or other electrical work to be installed. They only need to be placed where they can get sunlight to function.
  • Safety: Accidents like electrical shocks are less likely when electrical wires are not required. Additionally, they light up walkways at night to lessen trip hazards.
  • Automatic Operation: Many solar lights are equipped with light sensors that turn the lights on at nightfall and off at dawn, saving the user from having to remember to turn the lights on or off.
  • Versatility: Pathway lights, decorative string lights, and other types of solar lights are available in a variety of styles, providing for a wide range of backyard aesthetics and uses.
  • Mobility: Solar lights are portable and enable freedom in design and location because they are not hardwired.
  • Reduced Energy Consumption: Due to their reliance on renewable energy sources rather than the primary power grid, solar lights can assist in lowering the overall energy usage of a household.
  • Durability: Modern solar lights are made to endure the elements and can withstand rain, sun exposure, and other climatic extremes.
  • Enhanced Aesthetics: A backyard's beauty can be enhanced at night by strategically placed solar lights that draw attention to elements like ponds, trees, or sculptures.
  • Security: Solar lights should be a part of your home security plan because having a well-lit garden can discourage potential burglars.
  • Independence from Power Outages: Solar lights will continue to work in the event of a power loss, keeping your backyard well-lit.
  • Sustainability: Because solar lighting stimulates the use of renewable energy sources, it encourages sustainable living practices.
  • Potential Increase in Property Value: Potential buyers may be drawn to a well-lit, nicely groomed backyard with eco-friendly elements like solar lighting, which could raise the value of your home.

Ok, so now you know the benefits of adding solar lights to your backyard, it's time to actually get to work!

Adding Solar Lights To Your Backyard

How to Add Solar Lights to Your Backyard

Don't over think this! DIY projects like adding solar lights to your backyard can be a simple and straightforward process. But first things first, let's gather the solar materials and solar tools needed to get this project completed correctly. Below, find the materials needed to easily add solar lights to your backyard.

Solar Materials Needed

  • Solar Lights
  • Batteries
  • Mounting Hardware
  • Stakes or Ground Spikes
  • Conduits or Protective Sheaths
  • Extension Poles or Stands
  • Anchors
  • Hammer or Mallet
  • Screwdrivers
  • Drill with Bits
  • Level
  • Measuring Tape
  • Garden Trowel
  • Ladder
  • Marker or Chalk
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • Soft Brush

You can also check out this list of solar installer tools to make sure you have everything you need.

Now that you have the solar materials and tools, let's move to the fun part- actually adding solar lights to your backyard. Follow the simple solar steps below and you'll be finished in no time.


Steps to Adding Solar Lights To Your Backyard

Keep in mind that these steps to add solar lights to your backyard may vary depending on the size of your project. Ready? Ok, let's do this!


  • Evaluate Sun Exposure: Choose parts of your backyard that receive enough sunlight during the day, as solar lights need a substantial amount of time in the sun in order to charge.
  • Decide on Placement: Consider where you'd like to place your lights, be it along pathways, around a patio, or highlighting specific landscape features.

Choose the Right Solar Lights:

  • Based on your needs and aesthetic preferences, select the style of solar lights that suits your backyard – pathway lights, decorative string lights, spotlights, etc.

Unpack and Assemble:

  • Carefully unbox your solar lights and assemble them if necessary. Many solar lights come pre-assembled, but some might require minor setup.

Charge Before Installation:

  • It's a good idea to allow your solar lights to charge for a full day before installing them to ensure they light up on the first night.

Install Ground-Based Solar Lights:

  • For pathway lights or any lights with stakes: Simply push the stake into the ground. Use a mallet or hammer if the soil is hard, but be gentle to avoid damaging the lights.
  • Make sure they're placed at intervals that provide sufficient lighting and maintain a pleasing aesthetic.

Install Wall or Fence Mounted Solar Lights:

  • Mark the desired height and position with chalk or a marker.
  • Drill holes where required and screw in the mounting bracket or the light itself.
  • Use a level to ensure lights are straight.

Install Hanging or String Solar Lights:

  • If hanging from trees, use durable hooks or ties.
  • For pergolas or gazebos, evenly space hooks and string the lights in your desired pattern.
  • Ensure the solar panel (often separate from the lights in string lights) is positioned in a spot where it will receive ample sunlight.

Adjust Angles on Spotlights or Adjustable Lights:

  • If you're using solar spotlights to highlight specific features, adjust the angle to ensure the light points at the desired object or area.

Test the Lights:

  • After the sun goes down, check to see if the lights are working as expected. Ensure they provide sufficient illumination and adjust placement if necessary.

Regular Maintenance:

  • Periodically check the lights to ensure they're functioning correctly.
  • Clean the solar panels gently with a soft cloth to remove dust or debris, which could affect charging efficiency.
  • Replace batteries when the lights start to dim or don't last as long as they once did.

Winter or Inclement Weather:

  • In areas with limited winter sunlight or heavy snow, consider relocating the solar panels (if detachable) to a sunnier spot or storing the lights indoors to prolong their lifespan.


This amazing solar DIY project of adding solar lights to your backyard checks both boxes of being very rewarding and a DIY project that can be completed over Memorial Day weekend. As long as you have the solar supplies you need and follow the steps above, your finish this project successfully.

You got this! And if anything, you can always hire a solar installer if the solar project becomes too overwhelming.

Need another quick DIY project? Check out this popular DIY solar project when you are ready!

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