Philips Shines with Garden Solar Lighting

If there’s one thing that almost rivals plants when it comes to retail-distraction, it’s solar lights. I’m a fan of lighting in the garden, albeit subtle illumination. You won’t find any glowing fairies, or light-up hedgehogs or strings of Chinese lanterns in my garden. I like the very calm, very simple, very elegant strings of solar fairy lights. When it comes to path lighting, a few carefully placed pedestal/post lamps will do it for me. I’ve been to a few ‘garden light’ exhibitions where they’ve played with various colours too – I’m yet to try it, though green and blues seem to work quite well.

But other than looking cool, garden lighting also goes some way to providing some security. When I moved to the new house, security lighting on both the front and back of the house was a priority. And then, when some reprobate came into the garden, opened the coop and stole Charlotte, I realised that further lighting was needed towards the bottom of the garden where the gate was. I bought a small motion sensor battery operated LED that was fixed to the yew – it was crap. It’s still in situ but it does little to actually put a spotlight on any would-be burglar. In fact, it probably gives them just enough ambient light to see what they’re doing. Big Fail.

Then Philips got in touch about some of their solar products. I guess – largely due to my impulse solar light purchases – I’ve never thought about spending proper money on solar lighting. You know how it is; you pop into Sainsbury’s, there’s boxes of string lights for £9.99, so you buy a couple. They last a few years and die, but they were cheap so you just buy some more. Sitting down to actually look at spending some real money? Nope, hadn’t done that. However, now I know I REALLY should’ve, because the Philips lighting beats anything I’ve had before.

51DPmRvbcNLI have the MyGarden Pedestal Post Set. I mistakenly thought they were motion sensor to start with. Upon my realisation they weren’t, I actually had to move them away from the chicken coop; I was going to use them as a deterrent, but they’re so bright they were acting like a homing beacon!

I can honestly say, these lights are fabulous. They make ideal path lighting, particularly at the entrance or exit to a garden room because of their height. I’ve placed mine at the entrance to the lawn area, and they illuminate the callicarpa and acer beautifully. But they’d also be perfect for any seating area too because, boy, do they shed off some light – I reckon you’d be able to read by them. Another advantage is that they’re quick to charge – even on the dullest of days I get a couple of hours of light each night. The solar panel’s large and has a long cord too, so if you want to light a shadier spot of the garden, there’s ample flex to place the solar panel elsewhere to maximise light absorption.

It has to be said, I’m pretty impressed with these lights. Though I’m still going to get distracted by those cheapo supermarket lights adorning the spring and summer season shelves, I’ll give more care to buying lighting that’s a little more robust in the future.

One tip; I’ve always found that solar lighting doesn’t do well with frosts. The cold seems to percolate the solar panel and diminishes (or eradicates entirely) the subsequent season’s light. For this reason, I always bring my lights indoors during the winter. Philips lights are robust, however, but I may still err on the side of caution, particularly now I’m out of London and expecting some colder weather.

In terms of Philips outdoor solar lights, and especially the myGarden Flowers Solar Powered Posts, it’s a BIG thumbs up!

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