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Winterizing Garden Lights

When the months begin to grow colder, a lot of people start to turn their attention to shutting down the garden. It’s time to kill the garden lighting and let everything sink back to the earth.

Winterizing your garden isn’t a bad idea, and the main reason for that is that everything has to take a rest – even plants! If you live in a region where the winter temperatures regularly dip towards zero or you see a great deal of snowfall, then preparing your garden for a long sleep should be a priority.

Your garden lights should not be left out in the cold! First, remove any bulbs that you can. Gently wrap them in soft cloth – old worn denim works best. Then place them in a box where they won’t be rolling around.

Next, gather the light itself – with the bulb gone – and take it inside. This is an excellent time to clean the light. Using a damp cloth, and perhaps a touch of a mild cleansing agent, gently wash the light. Remove all the accumulated dust and dirt from a spring, summer and fall out in the garden.

Let the light air dry, and then store it in a safe place. You might want to keep it near the bulb that goes along with it, so you don’t have to go searching for it come Spring.

Winter is also a good time to evaluate the lighting system you have used in your garden. What did you like about it? What didn’t work? What would you change for the upcoming season?

Make a list and then let your imagination play with it. Every new year is a chance to create better and more beautiful lighting schemes for your lawn and garden. Don’t let this time go to waste! You can even create a map or master list that details your garden lighting plan.

Enjoy your winter – your new garden lighting season will be upon you soon enough!

Buying the Right Patio String Lights

Garden lighting has become incredibly popular over the past few years and this could be a result of solar powered lighting becoming very affordable. This however has give risen to gardens being decorated in all manner of lights which can look extremely un-tasteful and cheap. Before you spend some of your hard earned cash on lighting for your garden make sure that you have shopped around to find the most tasteful lights that you can. You don’t have to buy expensive designer outdoor lighting because there are now many forms of cheaper lighting that looks equally as good.

Outdoor patio string lights are one of those types of lighting that look good regardless of the cost. You could spend $50 of $5 on a set and at night they would look stylish and add some depth to you garden lighting scheme. Like many other garden lights there are many solar powered varieties available but in the case of string lights you may want to look for some that have a remote solar panel. Having the solar panel remotely positioned means that you can put it in the sun whilst the lights can be in an area that gets little or no sun and they will still operate. The remote solar panel really does offer the greatest flexibility when it comes to solar powered garden lights.

One type of light to avoid  – in my opinion – when buying patio string lights are the coloured varieties. Although in some situation they may look great most of the time when I have seen them used they look tacky and not very ‘designedly’. Whilst on the topic of colours of light you should also make sure that if you opt for LED string lights then you really should look for one with ‘warm white’ LED’s as these give out a much warmer looking light. Warm white LED’s look much more is similar to a regular incandescent bulb i.e. it is more yellow. Unless you are careful you will end up with a set of string lights that has a stark white-bluish light which doesn’t look very warm and welcoming. This type of LED is common in the cheaper outdoor lights so you need to carefully examine the packaging – if it doesn’t say then the chances are it is the bluish white light and should be avoided.

By applying the above guidelines when shopping for any type of light for your garden you should be able to find the perfect type of lighting, for the right price and will enhance and not cheapen the look of your garden at night.

Using Solar Lights Effectively

The huge improvements that have been made in solar garden lights in recent years are nothing short of amazing for people who are trying to light their landscapes.  Just a few short years ago solar lights only worked under the best of circumstances.  In the winter months or on overcast days, many of the light fixtures would dim or even completely turn off before the night was over.  But now, with newer, more effective solar cells and batteries, solar lights can work in many areas where they couldn’t before.  If you want to make the most of your solar garden lights, make use of some of these easy tips.

One thing that outdoor solar lighting allows you to do is avoid having to use a professional landscape designer.  In traditional landscape lighting design, you have to place a transformer somewhere in your yard and determine where to run cables from there.  Because of this, wherever you placed lights tended to be pretty permanent.  If you wanted to move the lights you would have to move the cables or possibly even buy a new transformer or call an electrician to move it.

Now, instead of hiring someone else, the ease of installation of solar powered lights allows you to place them where you want and if you don’t like the way they look or they don’t work as well as they might somewhere else, you simply move them.  This removes a lot of the hassle from laying out your design scheme.

If you are trying to effectively use solar lights, also make sure not to skimp and buy cheap lights.  Cheap lights have longevity issues and use cheaper, less advanced solar cells and batteries that can result in the lights being dimmer and not lasting the whole night.  If you really want to make the most of your lighting system, buy some more expensive lights now as an investment and enjoy them for years to come instead of saving a few dollars now and being upset with your purchase later.

Today’s solar garden lights are a very efficient and cost-effective way to light your lawn.  Advanced solar cells and batteries can charge the lights up so that they stay lit all night long, removing many of the problems older models had.  Use quality lights and your imagination to place the lights for the most effectively lighting in your garden.