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A New Look at Garden Lighting

When it comes time for you to think about outdoor lighting, think solar lights. Solar garden lights have become a viable option for any homeowner. Not only have they come down in price in recent years, but their durability, brightness and design have increased threefold. Early versions of the solar garden lights were prohibitively expensive and fragile. One Midwestern winter and the lights were ruined. They are a great eco-friendly option for both home owners and renters.

So now that you have more options for garden lighting and patio lighting you can let your imagination run wild. In the past patio lights in particular, had to be hard wired and that could make them cost prohibitive for the average homeowner or renter. Of course there was always the option of running out an extension cord to illuminate your barbecue and then bringing it back in at evening’s end. But who wants to mess with ugly extension cords?

You can go to any home improvement store and find a box of garden lights for less than $50. Most of these are conveniently in a stake style so that installation is a breeze. More and more you can find hanging outdoor lights that are so solar powered. These are still a little clunky as they require a small black solar box for energy. But compared to paying for an electrician or running out wires from the house, it’s a small price to pay. There are even some new varieties of solar powered outdoor sconces. They are pricey, but they may be the look you’ve wanted for the patio.

What makes solar lights so nice is that they are only on when you need them. They make a nice accent for a long summer evening of relaxing on the patio with friends. They don’t need to be as bright as floodlights; all they need to do is help illuminate a footpath or the edges of the patio. They can be of great help in lighting the way for your guests to arrive or leave from the front door. If you space them judiciously to illuminate your front walkway, you’ve made your yard safer and prettier for just a few dollars. In the winter, when it already dark when you arrive home, these solar lights are going to be a welcome beacon to light your way into the house so you can begin your evening.