Outdoor water fountains have become more and more popular, with more affordable models coming to the market in a variety of contemporary designs fit for even the most modern looking garden. One of the most noticeable improvements in garden water fountains is without a doubt the development of solar water pumps that can be used to install solar water fountains that don’t require any sort of wiring to work.
If you don’t fancy the idea of having more cables than indispensable on your garden, or just want to avoid yet another rise on your energy bill, solar water fountains are the perfect option. They can be extremely cost effective, as you can often install them yourself without having to dig to hide cables, and the designs and styles are as varied as traditional water fountains. In order for a solar water fountain to work even on overcast days, most fountains have a solar panel rated at a higher wattage than the pump and many have battery storage so they can work at night.
Solar panels and pumps are also sold independently, so you can adapt one to many outdoor water fountain types, as long as the pump is compatible and you have enough hours of sunlight to create the necessary energy. A larger fountain will be more demanding than a smaller model, and cheap models are often quicker to stop working at night or when the sun is not shining brightly. However, solar water fountains always work when you actually need them to, which is when you are outdoors enjoying the good weather and relaxing near the refreshing water sprays.
Most solar water fountains are almost maintenance free, provided the solar panels are kept free of plants or leaves that would prevent them from working. They require the same basic outdoor fountain maintenance as traditionally wired models, but they are designed to remain outdoors all year round, whether it snows, freezes or rains. Solar powered water features also provide you with the flexibility you need if your patio doesn’t have easy access to a power outlet without having a visual impact, as they can be placed anywhere in your garden where they can be exposed to the light.
Choosing the best solar water fountain is mostly a matter of taste and budget, as you can place them anywhere that suits you. However, it’s worth being realistic about the amount of sun your fountain will receive, as stronger pumps will require more energy than a smaller one. Solar water features come in all sorts of styles and materials, from traditional looking stone water fountains to modern LED illuminated garden centrepieces that can be placed on top of a table. So enjoy the freedom that solar energy gives you when decorating your garden, and choose a model that truly suits your tastes and personality.
Category: Outdoor Fountains