Solar powered garden lights add beauty to your home, and they can also provide illumination for walkways, deter burglars from approaching your home, and can give your landscaping an entirely new look. The problem is finding solar garden lights that will actually work well and last!
First, you'll want to make some decisions about where you would like to add light. Then you'll need to decide what effect you want to lighting to have on your landscape. In other words, do you want the solar lights to simply illuminate otherwise dark areas for safety or do you want to create a romantic garden area to enjoy together?
Once you've made these decisions, your search for the best garden lights for your landscape will become a bit easier. There are many types and styles of solar lights that will do very well in a garden setting.
As solar outdoor lighting becomes more popular, more and more companies are getting on the bandwagon to sell solar lights. Some brands are fine, but some are cutting corners and selling lights that don't last more than a few months.
You can now find solar lights at most major department stores, however it's important with any new technology to do some research first to learn whether your chosen brand of solar lights will actually last.
I can't tell you how many reviews I've read of solar garden lights that arrived broken, or that only lasted a few months!
Tiered solar lights or louvered lights - a decorative version of the mushroom light. They look like mini pagodas mounted on stakes. These are an excellent choice for illuminating garden paths, stepping stones, or walkways.
Price range: $9.99 for a single light up to $99.99 for a set of 8 lights
Mushroom solar lights - a basic style of solar lighting with a top that resembles a mushroom. Mushroom lights are ideal for casting light over steps, paths, and highlighting the outline of flowerbeds. They're also wonderful for adding whimsy to any part of your garden.
Price range: $15.00 for a single light up to $36.99 for a set of 4 lights
Solar lampposts - cast soft light over your beautiful rose garden or even your vegetable garden with the addition of solar lampposts. They're freestanding so they can be placed anywhere on the property where they'll receive direct sunlight. Line a long garden path with solar lampposts for a truly classy garden experience. Price range: $79.99-$299 for a single lamp and up to $389 for a trio of lamps on a single post
Solar hanging lanterns - these are a lovely addition to any garden to show off your favorite flowers or herbs during the evening hours. During the day they'll add aesthetic value and at night cast soft light over your garden.
Price range: $19.99 - $60.00
Solar spotlights - highlight a special feature of the garden such as a water feature, arbor, trellis, or stone sculpture. Strategically positioned, these solar powered garden lights can add visual interest during evening hours.
Price range: $32 - $129
Whimsical or novelty solar lights - solar lantern balls, tabletop lanterns, solar wind chimes, solar rocks, and whimsical characters such as gnomes or fairies are sweet additions to your garden space. They'll add visual interest during daylight hours too!
Price range: $29.95 - $79.00
As you can see, there are many attractive choices when it comes to solar powered garden lights. Use your imagination and creativity to make your garden one that you'll enjoy all year long!
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