Installing Solar Lights on Fence Posts

What You'll Need
The solar light fence cap
The fence post
A pencil or permanent marker
A drill
Drill bits
Stainless steel screws

Lights capping your fence posts are a great way to brighten up your garden. With today’s concern over the environment, you should consider installing solar powered fence posts lights. The main drawback of solar powered components, is that they initially cost more, but in the long run, you will certainly save money. Solar powered fence lights are very easy to install, offer an efficient light source and require little maintenance. The only practical thing that may need replacing would be the batteries that store solar power. These are long lasting, hence they will need to be replaced only after years of use.  This article will show you how to install a solar powered fence post light in a jiffy.

Step 1: The Solar Light

Nowadays, there are a lot of different designs on the market. Try to buy one which can be installed using a drill. Drilling the solar light to the fence post is one of the most secure ways of installing such a solar powered component. Solar powered light caps can be purchased form any garden center, or garden online store. It is advisable to buy one that complements the fence’s and garden’s design.

Step 2: Trying the Solar Light

Before installing the solar light, you have to locate the best possible place for it. The place chosen has to have at least 6 hours of direct sunlight. Put the solar light as near as possible to the chosen place and leave it there. Time how much light it gives you before running out. Repeat the process for a couple of days.

Step 3: Mark the Holes

Place the solar light on top of the fence post. Use the pencil or permanent marker to mark the places where you will need to drill. Mark each area correctly. Remove the solar light and set it aside for now.  

Step 4: Drilling the Holes

Remember to handle the drill carefully. Make sure to use a smaller drill bit than the holes on the solar light. It is very important not to drill too deep, otherwise the screws can’t be fixed firmly into the fence post. When you are drilling the holes there’s no need to use too much force. If you do, you might damage the fence post.

Step 5: Installing the Solar Light Onto the Fence Post

Now, put the solar light onto the fence post. Place it on top of the holes drilled earlier. Insert the stainless steel screws into the holes, and fasten them properly. Once the solar light is fully charged, it will light up. If the screws aren’t enough to secure the solar light, apply some adhesive to the sides of the fence post.  

As you can clearly see, it is very easy to install a solar light onto a fence post. The important thing to remember, is to place it where it receives abundant sunlight.