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In every garden, people ponder the best way to make their space stand out. It’s a common desire to want something special and unique, and to that end, people invest in all kinds of different accessories for their garden. One prominent example of a popular garden decoration is the myriad of solar water features which are available. However, not everyone knows about solar water features, what they are and what they can do. With that in mind, we’re going to be taking a look at solar water features, and how they work.
First of all, let’s make sure that everyone knows what we mean by ‘solar’. Solar power is a concept which has been around for the past century but has only really come into popularity in recent times. The idea is that we can use sunlight, a free and sometimes constant resource, to create electricity and use it in place of things like fossil fuels. It’s a clean and renewable energy source and is gathered by solar panels.
With things like solar fountains or wheels being operated by sunlight, the solar water feature uses a smaller version of a solar panel, referred to as a solar cell. The technology soaks up the sunlight and converts it inside the feature to create electricity, which in turn generates the function of whatever it is that you’re trying to power. The miniature panel on your device will absorb the sunlight, and use it to complete an electrical circuit. Without this light, the circuit won’t complete, and the feature will not work.
The benefit of a solar water feature is that it’s now fairly common technology, which brings with it a wealth of different options for how you use the device. Some solar features have pumps; some have backup batteries in case there’s not a lot of sunlight. This helps to make a solar water feature a much more adaptable and flexible system and means that regardless of weather you can enjoy its benefits. However, you need to make sure you choose the right kind of solar water feature for your system. A solar water system without a battery backup will not work at all in the shade, so you need to be cautious when installing one.
Overall, the solar water features are a good choice for any home which sees a lot of sunlight. They help to provide a more dynamic garden and are firm favourites with a lot of people because of this. The solar water system is often used in sunny areas, but with a battery backup, it can see use in any conditions. If you’re using a solar water feature, then it’s well worth looking into all of the extra features, because they will improve your experience even more. Things like a pump or a movable solar panel are great because they enhance your experience and give you a new level of control over your solar water features.
Water features have become a big part of a lot of gardens. They look really good when they’re active, and they’re a fantastic accessory for your garden. However, there are also some benefits to having outdoor water features that people don’t know about. We’re going to be looking at some of the key advantages that water features will bring, so you know exactly why they’re such a good idea.
Surprisingly enough, having a set of outdoor water features can provide some positive health benefits. There’s a wealth of studies on the internet which suggest that having water noises and features in your garden provides you with a therapeutic environment. For example, a miniature waterfall has been linked to a decrease in anxiety and stress, providing a soothing noise which allows people the chance just to calm down and relax. The same logic can be applied to a small brook or stream.
Obviously, one of the main advantages of having a set of water features in your garden is that you’ve got something that looks great. We all want our gardens to look their best whenever we come out and spend time with them, and a water feature aids with that in a big way. You’ll notice quite quickly that your garden looks nicer, and feels a lot more lively. The thing about water features is that they provide you with something new to look at, and this can help when you’ve been dealing with the same design for years. Your guests will also notice how the water features brighten up the garden too, which makes social events more of a joy.
One thing which you will notice about having water features in your garden is that they will add to the value of your property when it comes to selling up and moving on. As a general rule, any work that you do to a property is a long-term investment, because it will stand the test of time. A home with a waterfall or a pond will be valued at a higher price than one without, and it also helps when you’re trying to put across a good first impression to potential buyers. It is true that the interior design of your property is important. However, when buyers are walking up the pathway to your home, they’re going to take notice of the outside too.
Overall, these are just a few of the benefits which will be afforded to people who take the time to install water features in their homes. Water features are known to be great investments, but also provide other benefits such as a therapeutic atmosphere and an improved aesthetic value. These are both things which are highly sought after and mean that people can have a place to go where there’s no stress and anxiety. Plus, you’ll also find that when it comes to social events, it’s common for people to be impressed with the kinds of water features you have on offer.
There are various factors to consider when looking to purchase a garden water feature. Cost is of course one of the most important factors. Your budget is often something which can't be compromised upon. Fortunately with such an extensive range we believe we will have the perfect water feature for your garden. This is whether you have a large or small budget to spend.
Aside from your budget it is also important to consider the ongoing cost of running your water feature. With constant developments in efficient and reliable solar powered features, running costs can be kept to a minimum. In many cases they can be removed entirely. With modern manufacturing methods and strong materials maintenance costs can also often be kept extremely low.
So you know your budget and the potential costs or lack of required to run and maintain a feature. The next step is to look at your garden and more specifically where your sparkly new water feature will be installed. If you own a beautiful countryside cottage with traditional external features or furniture, a stainless steel water blade or ball will stand out like a sore thumb.
We speak to customers with traditional gardens on a daily basis. Their aim is often to purchase a water feature which will look like it has been there for as long as their home. With such an extensive range of traditional, ornate features, this is something which is easily possible. What's more, a diverse range of materials offers traditional looks but with modern day strength and durability.
This combination means that rather than having to compromise, you truly can have the very best of both worlds. Not just a feature which looks like it belongs in your garden, but one which will remain that way for years to come.
Alternatively you might have a newly landscaped garden with modern furniture, sharp edges, outdoor heating and a large decked or patio area. With such a contemporary outdoor living space, an ornate fountain or pond is not going to fit your desired look. This is where our modern water features are the ideal choice. We're sure you have seen stainless steel sphere water features, but what about stainless steel blades which can be integrated into a wall and provide a constant tranquil flow of running water?
The team will be showing our wonderful display of water features at the RHS Flower Show in Tatton Park in less than a week's time!
At the height of summer, RHS Flower Show Tatton Park offers plenty of family fun and a great day out surrounded by the lastest ideas to get your creativity flowing.
In 2016 there will be grand and spectacular show gardens including the latest in contemporary design from the new Evolution Garden category, where three designers will each interpret the theme with a conceptual or futuristic design. The Water Garden category makes a welcome return, with plenty of ideas to take home. Plus for those with smaller gardens, the 6m x 4m (19½ft x 13ft) Back to Back Garden category will give you ideas and show you exciting ways to make a garden in the smallest of spaces.
Join us for the new Family Day event on Saturday 23 July coinciding with the launch of the big screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The BFG. The Big Friendly Giant will come to life in the form of a fabulous show garden.
Tickets are still available just click HERE to get yours!
The Garden Show Stansted is the perfect event to find all you need for your garden and home! Our exhibition team will be at the show displaying our fantastic array of water features and would love it if you popped down and said 'hi'!
The show is a great opportunity to explore what’s on around Stansted. Browse affordable and hand picked stands. With specialist plants, garden accessories, sculpture, art and fabulous food.
You can pick up top tips from horticultural experts to solve those frustrating gardening problems, meet the Garden Team and enjoy learning from ongoing cooking and craft demonstrations. Plenty to engage your children too…get crafting and learn new garden skills together; watch them play in the beautiful parklands and have fun.
We hope to see you there!
The Outdoorliving UK team will be exhibiting our fantastic array of water features at the Kent Garden Show in a week's time.
The Kent Garden Show features over 300 exhibitors with a wide variety of goods on display and for sale. The features of the show include the floral marquees with their stunning floral displays including medal winners from Chelsea. The garden exhibitors have all manner of gardening goods for sale and include over sixty nurseries. There is a craft pavilion, food hall, brass band and children's rides.
As well as the numerous nurseries in attendance there will be exhibitors selling garden furniture, water features (which is where you'll find us!), garden sheds and buildings, tools, sculptures, and much more.
Tickets are still available just click HERE to grab yours!
Outdoorliving UK will be exhibiting our fantastic array of water features for the first time at the distinguished RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The Chelsea Flower Show has been held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London every year since 1913, apart from gaps during the two World Wars. Once Britain's largest flower show (it has now been overtaken by RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show), it is still the most prestigious.
There are plethora of things to do and see at the show including show gardens, a poignant poppy tribute, and of course lots of opportunities to shop! Which is where you will find our team!
Due to the popularity of this show tickets are selling fast, but at the time of writing there are still a few left, just click HERE to get yours today!
With less than a week to go the team is ready and raring to go to the Blenheim Palace Flower Show. Especially because the show will be opened by world renowned actor Sir Ian McKellen!
As well as celebrity guests the show boasts an array of activities to get involved with including a Floral Art Competition, Show Gardens, a Grand Floral Pavilion, and of course shopping! Which is where you find our team with our fantastic display of water features.
Tickets are available, just click HERE to grab yours, we hope to see you there!
Our team will be exhibiting at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival from the 5th - 8th May. It's a great opportunity for our customers to come down and see our array of water features and meet the team!
Based at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern, Worcestershire and framed by the picturesque Malvern Hills, the RHS Malvern Spring Festival is the perfect opportunity to prepare for the upcoming gardening season. Enjoy a walk around the show gardens, gather inspiration from exhibitors in the Floral Marquee and get hints and tips from a range of talks and demonstrations at this fantastic early season show.
RHS Malvern Spring Festival has been held at the Three Counties Showground since it began in 1985. One of the first major shows of the year, the festival opens the door into the summer season and its setting provides the perfect backdrop to a plethora of plants and gardens.
Tickets are available from the RHS website, just click HERE and are very reasonable priced! The team look forward to seeing you there!
There’s only five days to go until the Grand Designs Live show in London and the team are ready and raring to go!
The show is a great place to get ideas for any home improvements you’re making or for those adventurous souls thinking of doing a self-build, it really is a one-stop shop for all information you’ll need. There are many sections to explore including Interiors, Technology, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Gardens (where you’ll find us!), and build.
Tickets are still available to purchase and are very reasonably priced, CLICK HERE for further information.
You will find the OutdoorlivingUK team in the garden section, stand G11. We will be showcasing our 2016 water feature collection and lots of 'show only' offers and discounts, so make sure you pop down to see the team and grab yourself a bargain!