Spring has sprung early in many parts of the country. Plants and flowers are blooming weeks earlier than expected and many have already started tending their gardens. Now is a great time to add some fun and decorative touches. Here are a few ideas for adding color, whimsy, and function to your garden or backyard area.
- Flutterby Solar Garden Accessories use solar power to give the impression of colorful insects in flight. Direct sunlight on the Flutterby solar panels make the colorful butterfly and dragonflies flit around your flowers and shrubs. Each insect measure 3.1 inches from wing to wing and they come in red, purple, yellow, blue, and green.
- Solar Chameleon Gazing Ball adds a touch of beauty and style to your garden. It has a solar panel hidden discreetly within that gives its dual light settings their bright light. The White Mode features 2 bright white LEDs, and the Chameleon Mode cycles through a spectrum of colors. It comes on automatically during dark periods of the day and offers up to 8 hours of light each night when fully charged. There is no wiring required – only the power of the sun!
Candles are a traditional source of ambient light during romantic dinners, but, frankly, they’ve become rather cliché. Besides being a fire hazard, candles can be stinky and messy. A more modern approach to cozy meal time lighting comes from an energy-efficient, solar-powered source. The Frosted Solar Lantern not only provides gentle, romantic lighting for the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner, it makes a beautiful centerpiece.
Place the solar panel in direct sunlight throughout the day, and the lantern will provide enough ambient lighting for a long, leisurely dinner, and more. Different patterns etched into the frosted lantern panes cast a beautifully unique design on the table, helping to set the mood for the evening.
For a memorable Valentine’s Day, impress your dinner guest with something different, out-of-the-ordinary, and completely eye-catching to go along with your sparkling dinner conversation.
Finding what you need in the storage shed, garden shed, garage, or other dark space can be a challenge when you don’t have the benefit of light by which to see clearly. Many homeowners simply live with the situation because the hassle and expense that comes with installing electrical wiring for outdoor light fixtures is not pretty.
Surprisingly, solar lighting can offer an easy and inexpensive solution to the problem of dark storage spaces. The Solar Multi Light is one example of a solar-powered light that can be used in indoor spaces. As long as the included solar panel is mounted in a sunny area outside, the actual light can be used in any indoor space where extra light is needed.
Solar lighting, in general, is attractive to many homeowners because no wiring needs to be installed, and electrical costs are zero. Solar lights have evolved over time, too, to provide more light for longer periods of time, making them ideal for any number of outdoor applications. Homeowners concerned with appearance can also appreciate the many attractive styles in which solar lighting is now available.
Chinese lanterns make a colorful and distinctive addition to creative backyard and patio decor. But, you don’t need to wait until Chinese New Year rolls around again to adorn your garden or patio with Chinese lanterns. Fun and funky, solar-powered Chinese lanterns bring colorful illumination to any backyard gathering no matter the time of year. Since they’re covered in a weather-resistant nylon fabric rather than fragile paper, they can stay in your outdoor areas indefinitely. And, because they are solar-powered, these energy-saving lights require no wires or cords, making them easy to hang anywhere.
Solar lighting is a great way to provide light sources to “off the grid” areas of your home, lawn, and outdoor structures, but it also lowers your environment footprint. Solar lighting is low maintenance and is usually very easy to install, requiring no power lines or additional sources. Your main concern with solar lighting is location! To ensure that the panel receives the most possible sunlight, it should be mounted on a south-facing slope (give or take 30 degrees off of south). The location should be left unshaded by any tree, or other solid structures. There is never any recurring cost (like electricity), no charging, and no use of resources other than the powerful rays of the sun. Below are a few examples of outdoor solar lighting options for your home. Do you use solar lighting? If so, how and where? We are always looking for great ideas to save money AND the environment.
Solar Shed Light
Solar Security Light
Solar String Lights