So, you have guests over and they stay until dark. As they are shuffling out, one of them trips in the driveway and hurts themselves. This is probably a good indicator that you need some form of outdoor lighting.
While you have a bunch of choices available to you for this, the best one out there is solar lighting. Between its unique look and cost effectiveness, there is no contest. Solar beats any form of lighting every time.
Keep reading to find out all the benefits of solar lights and creative ideas on how you can work them into your landscape lighting design.
1. Think Before You Buy
It’s important to know before you get started with solar power that there are a bunch of different types out there. Certain lights are better suited for parts of your yard than others. For example, ambient solar lights don’t reflect much light at all so you probably shouldn’t use that for your driveway.
The manufacturer’s suggestions on the package will help you determine if the lights you’re considering are right for your yard or not so make sure you read before you buy.
2. Does it Cost a Lot of Money
When most people think of solar power they think of expense. While solar panels can be expensive, solar lights for your yard are another story. You can usually pick up a few from your local garden store or buy them in bulk as well as get good deals online on websites like PoweredPortableSolar.com.
Solar powered lights also require little to no maintenance so you won’t have to fork out any extra money for that.
3. Will I Get Enough Sunlight
If you don’t get a lot of sunlight in your yard you could be concerned that your solar lights won’t be able to absorb enough light for it to matter. This is actually far from the truth because the technology involved with them has evolved.
Most of them use LED technology which allows them to utilize every bit of sunlight that’s available to them. They are also usually made with rechargeable batteries that allow them to hold more sunlight that the light can use when the sun is out of commission.
4. How Much Maintenance Does It Need?
Solar lights need very little maintenance and you can do it all yourself. It’s really just a matter of keeping all the connections secure and cleaning off any debris and dirt from the panels.
If you have smaller ones installed they have the habit of falling over either due to weather or other circumstances so you’ll have to check on them every once in a while to make sure they are upright.
5. Will They Last a While
How long they last depend on what you get. For example, if you get solar lights from the dollar store they probably won’t last as long as those you get from an actual gardening store.
If all your budget as allows is the dollar store ones they will still work and actually last longer than you think they would. They’re just not as effective as some of the more expensive brands.
6. Design Tips
Now that you know how solar lights will benefit you, here are a few ways that you can make them look great in your yard.
Use a Paneled System to Light Shady Areas
When thinking about your yard, there are shady areas around your home that doesn’t get much light naturally. You can bring out the best of these areas with solar lights.
Again, most of them are made where they can absorb light even in the most trying of areas.
So imagine putting them around trees that are located near or a pond or pool. They can make your yard look like something out of a fantasy novel.
Mix and Match
There is a large amount of different solar lights out there for you to choose from that all have a different effect. Here are just a few:
- Wall-mounted solar lamps
- Security lights
- Porch lights
- Lamp posts
- Path lights
You can just put one type in your yard but why limit yourself? Use a combination of all of them to light your walkways, staircases, decks, sheds, and everything in between. You can also lump them in with security lights for added safety.
Pathway lighting is both easy to install and adds a touch of safety because it cuts down on the possibility of you or someone you love tripping. With most of these lights, all you have to do stab them into the ground.
You can get them in just about any color so you can make them stand out as much as you want to light the path.
To add a bit of a mood to your yard you can use accent lighting. It’s not very functional and is mainly used for aesthetic purposes. It can bring attention to a certain area and has the same effect as lighting a candle.
Solar Power in Your Landscape Lighting Design? Yes Please!
Solar powered lights can add beauty and safety to your landscape lighting design.
There are many different types so you’re sure to find something that can light your pathway, stop your guests from falling, fit your budget, and not need a ton of maintenance to keep up.
Solar lights aren’t the only thing that you can use to spruce up your yard. Keep reading for different ways to make your backyard the talk of the town!