What are the fastest, attractive, and most energy-efficient garden lights?
Do you have a garden and enjoy spending time in it, especially in the evenings? Do you enjoy an ambient atmosphere and a classy yet casual outdoor space? Sharing our home and garden with family and friends is such a popular and comfortable way to enjoy the good company and the surroundings, while being able to simply bring a home-cooked meal out onto the patio, or whip up a barbeque in a flash? Wouldn’t that be the ideal… a garden which is so lovely to be in, day or night, that you actively want to spend time there and enjoy what can be one of the most rewarding aspects of home ownership – an enjoyable garden space of your own.
However, one of the main things that we struggle with in our home gardens is good lighting. Unfortunately, many houses have only a bare light bulb or two sticking out at an odd angle from the porch or balcony, which does not exactly do wonders for the aesthetics of your garden. If the light bulb is lucky, it’ll be covered by a dusty and cobwebby old lampshade! Not exactly the kind of image that most of us want to present, however, we often neglect our garden area because we don’t use as much as we’d like to. Long days at work get the better of us, and when we have company, you might even feel embarrassed to take them out in the garden; perhaps you stay inside – and when it’s just you and the family, you’re less likely to go out into the garden spontaneously in the evenings because it just isn’t enticing enough. For all our best intentions, this scenario is all too common.
Here’s a thought: what if the lighting in your garden was so enticing that you and the others in your family would go out there all the time just for the fun of it, and there were no hindrances to your enjoyment of the area? Of course, once again, a vital part of garden enjoyment is good lighting. When it gets too dark, everyone comes inside. And let’s face it – in today’s fast-paced modern world, not many people are able to be home all day to enjoy their garden in the main sunny hours.
This brings us to the next logical point; which lighting is best for the garden? What’s fast to install, looks attractive, is low-maintenance, and is energy efficient? Eco-conscious customers of today that we are, nobody wants to hog heaps of electricity just to light up the garden. We feel the pinch when our electricity bills come in; and indeed, this is one of the reasons why so many people avoid to install adequate garden lighting – the fear of running costs. Kids, for instance, are apt to leave outside lights on, sucking precious power away all night, only for you to find in the morning when it’s too late.
Thanks to modern technology, some of the best garden lighting today is also the fastest to install, the best-looking and has the lowest running costs. In fact, the lights we’re talking about here are not going to cost you anything at all to run!
Enter the solar light; solar lights are effective yet are relatively low cost and require zero maintenance. Well, aside from the odd dust-off and de-cobwebbing, you won’t find that solar lights take up much of your time or money! No longer limited to those puny little garden lights that can be poked in the ground along pathways, but which gave off a rather pathetic amount of light and even then, only for an hour or two after dark… Because modern lighting technology has made it possible to get more light out for less energy in, we can harness the enormous power of the sun, store it in effective solar battery systems, and then put out that light in sufficient amounts to really give a good, bright glow.
Conventional light bulbs within solar lighting systems used to be very high-energy-using, but the new solar lights utilise energy-efficient LED bulbs which give a reliable, bright and non-heat-producing light – even the tiniest solar lights are now able to give off a bright glow for hours at a time, and with the built-in ability to last for years on end, solar lights are becoming ever more popular.
Also, solar lights available today come in all shapes and sizes. You will be surprised at the different types of solar lights available; solar string lights, solar Christmas lights, solar patio lights, solar novelty lights, solar lights in the shape of flowers, solar fountain lights, solar-light tree highlighters, flashing solar lights, solar lamp posts, solar pool lights… shall we go on, or can you imagine more in this fantastic array? One of the coolest gifts that have been popular lately is the “sun jar”. A favourite of children and teenagers, this solar light comes inside a special jar that diffuses the light in a soft yet funky way! Sun jars are left in the sun during the day, and at night, they will begin to glow with a warm gold-yellow. Moon jars are also available, glowing in an evanescent light of blue or purple, operating in the same fashion of solar-powered LED lights.
Then there are the more conventional solar LED lights, like upright garden lights (the “stick” lights found commonly in department stores), driveway lights, lamp posts, and solar spotlights. By combing modern LED technology with conventional solar technology it is now possible to produce very bright light suitable even for highlighting special features in your garden space, or even focus light on the garden from above; from the upper porch or balcony of a house or perhaps even from the roof. This will give a diffused and even light, which makes it a popular choice for small-to-medium sized gardens where a simple and quick lighting fix is desired.
Whatever your choice of garden light, you will not regret the gain of not only adequate lighting, but a better chance to appreciate your garden for what it is – an ideal place to relax or entertain, even at the end of a long day when the sun’s light drops down low.