Written by April Reinhardt (last updated April 28, 2021)
Perhaps there are areas of your lawn or garden that need lighting to accentuate or showcase their beauty. If so, consider using solar lighting. Most solar lighting has one-step installation instructions, and traditional wiring is unnecessary. If you choose solar lighting, you eliminate the need for electricity and wiring, thus saving money on your electric bill each month.
Solar lights operate by collecting sunlight all day long during daylight hours. That solar energy is housed by solar cells within the structure of the light fixture, and stored in a battery for use later. When the sun sets, the lights illuminate, running on the battery power throughout the night.
Using solar lighting for exterior accent lighting can create a lovely—or whimsical—look. Considering using solar accent lights staked into the ground to illuminate your driveway. Or, since solar accent lights also come in different shapes, you can use them to light a summertime outside garden party, or a birthday party to match the party's theme. Whatever the reason for choosing solar lights for your exterior accents, consider the following before you proceed with your project:
There are extras that you can purchase when you have decided upon a lighting system. You may want a timer or on/off switches. Different hues of light bulbs can create dramatic effects, as can colored lenses. Placement of exterior accent lights can be critical to the outcome you wish to achieve. Consider reading and researching about exterior accent lighting before placing your solar lights.
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