I love my garden by day. When the evenings are warm, it’s so nice to sit outside after sunset, and I wanted to find a way to love my backyard just as much at night. So I started looking at solar options for garden lighting. (I love solar garden lights because I don’t have to buy batteries or hide long, unsightly electrical cords…and of course the solar power is free!) Well, what a pleasant surprise! I had no idea there were so many choices, from traditional to artistic, functional to just pure fun. So how to choose the right lights? It depends on what you need, and what you want.
How to choose solar garden and path lights
Decorative, whimsical garden lights make your yard an after dark delight! Use functional path lights to safely guide your steps or choose lights that keep your home and garden safe from intruders. There are solar options to fit your every need. So go ahead, mix and match, place each light where it performs best. Let’s look at the choices.
Chinese lanterns make a festival of light
There’s something about festive, paper lights that turns an ordinary evening into an extraordinary night. These solar powered Soji lanterns are also practical because they are durable fabric and a great way to say, “Party” (even when the party is just a al fresco family dinner). Soji lanterns come in a variety of colors, prints and shapes, so mix and match for a fun effect.
A gallery of artistic lights for your garden
Beautiful, 12″ flower lights are like having your very own glass sculpture garden by day and a light show by night, when their solar lights shift from red to green to blue. They’re truly unique works of handblown glass art — not two are alike. Pear-shaped, hand-blown glass lanterns are not only lovely, they’re versatile, too – you can nestle them in the garden, hang them from a hook, or use them as softly glowing table ornaments.
Prefer a bit more whimsical style in your garden lights? Charming, crackled glass birds sparkle by day as their solar panels charge, and cycle through red, green and blue at night.Or, feel like doing the funky fungi? Mushroom lights add fantasy to your yard. Like bird lights, they’re made of crackled glass — and their solar LEDs glow red, green and blue at night.
Path light takes flight
Etched glass path lights not only light your way, but also scatter your path with patterns of shimmering hummingbirds or dragonflies — choose one, or change them up to vary the motif. Speaking of hummingbirds, solar lighted hummingbird feeder feeds the birds by day, and your delight at night, when its color-transitioning LEDs fill the feeder tube with a soft glow.
Path lights that are simply beautiful
Solar path and post lights make lighting your paths and fences a snap — and their traditional design complements nearly any yard. Installation couldn’t be simpler — just stake path light in the ground, and attach post light atop a fencepost using its durable plastic mount. They’ll make your yard safer for you and your guests to walk in, while they discourage unwanted visitors.
Don’t let uninvited guests bug you!
So now you’ve chosen your solar garden lights and path lights — some for fun, some for safety — and you’re enjoying your evenings out. Unfortunately, so are the bugs! Luckily, there’s a light for that, too. Solar insect whacker glows a tantalizing purple that bugs can’t resist. But when they come close a quiet zap tells you you’ll have one less bite to scratch tomorrow. Skip the smelly candles and toxic bug repellents. Portable insect whacker can be moved to where you need it most — even take it camping — and will keep up to ¾ of an acre bug free.
Solar garden and path lights: free and easy
Solar garden lights, path lights and post lights add quick curb appeal to your home, ambiance to your evenings — and absolutely nothing to your electric bill. Just place them where the sun shines at least part of the day, and you’re done. No cords to hide, batteries to buy and change — they even turn themselves on automatically at night. In fact, solar garden lights are so easy that the hardest part is deciding which of these great solar options to choose.