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In my search for solar lights for the home I have come across so many different types of lights that I thought it might be a good time to go over some of the different kinds and give you some examples of what is available and how best to use them around your home. Solar powered yard lights are among the best lights to use in your outdoor areas.
First though, here is a quick recap on the benefits of using solar power. Solar power takes free energy from the sun and stores it in rechargeable batteries that power the light at night. Solar lights will generate and store their own power during the day and only need direct sunlight as a power source. There is no wiring involved which makes for a quick set up. For some further information you can try these other articles about how solar lights work and the advantages of solar energy.
Solar Stake Lights
Probably the best place to start your journey with solar powered lighting is with some garden stake lights. These lights are very versatile and affordable. You can use them throughout garden beds for a nice gentle light, along driveways and path edges to enhance safety or to create a border around anything of interest in your yard.
[amazon_image id=”B004IEBBF2″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Moonrays 91380 Payton Style Solar Plastic Path LED Light, Black, 10-Pack[/amazon_image]This [amazon_link id=”B004IEBBF2″ target=”_blank” ]Moonrays 91380 Payton Style Solar Plastic Path LED Light, Black, 10-Pack[/amazon_link] is an ideal starting off point for your yard solar lights. When placed in the sunlight they will charge during the day and automatically turn on at night. They are weatherproof and designed to withstand all kinds of conditions. They are convenient because they work out of the box. With no wiring required, they are easy to set up by just pushing the stake into the ground.
[amazon_image id=”B001BER2WS” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Garden Creations JB5244 S/2 Color Changing Solar Yard Lights, 2-Pack[/amazon_image]If you want a bit of color in your solar yard lights then you can try these [amazon_link id=”B001BER2WS” target=”_blank” ]Garden Creations JB5244 S/2 Color Changing Solar Yard Lights, 2-Pack[/amazon_link] that come in a pack of 2. They will automatically rotate between five different colors, adding some beauty to your gardens at night.
[amazon_image id=”B00106L9AS” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Moonrays 99924 Color-Changing Glass Ball Fixture[/amazon_image]Or for something a little bit more decorative you can get this [amazon_link id=”B00106L9AS” target=”_blank” ]Moonrays 99924 Color-Changing Glass Ball Fixture[/amazon_link]. It has a color changing LED bulb that will transition through seven different colors. The metal ground stake gives it a nice strong construction that will last. The thick crackle glass ball is durable for outdoor use and adds a great visual effect to your yard.
Solar Spot Lights
The next step in your quest for the best solar powered yard lights is to try some solar spot lights. These lights can be used for a number of purposes around your home and yard. They will provide more light than the stake lights and therefore are ideal for lighting larger areas and to help with improving security on your property.
[amazon_image id=”B004IEBBL6″ link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Moonrays 92460 Solar Spotlight 3-Pack with Remote Panel/Switch, LED is 8X-Brighter[/amazon_image]You can start with this pack of [amazon_link id=”B004IEBBL6″ target=”_blank” ]Moonrays 92460 Solar Spotlight 3-Pack with Remote Panel/Switch, LED is 8X-Brighter[/amazon_link] that will light up a large area with their bright LED bulbs. They are plastic, so don’t expect too much, but they are weather resistant and when placed in your gardens or yard they will get the job done.
Solar Security Lights
If you want something that will provide you with a little additional security around your home you may want to try a solar security light. This is a flood light with a motion sensor attached. It will detect movement and then it will automatically turn on. This is a great way to deter intruders on your property.
[amazon_image id=”B002KYNCRM” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Concept SL-100 32 LED Solar Security Light with Motion Detector[/amazon_image]The [amazon_link id=”B002KYNCRM” target=”_blank” ]Concept SL-100 32 LED Solar Security Light with Motion Detector[/amazon_link] is a perfect example of this type of light. It has 32 LED bulbs that result in a bright light with a good range. It is a low maintenance light that is easy to set up. With no wiring needed, you can use this light anywhere around your yard to light up those darker spots.
Decorative Solar Yard Lights
Once you have set up some practical and functional solar yard lighting around your home, you can go for some of the more decorative solar lighting to make your gardens more attractive.
[amazon_image id=”B002AC4ASY” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Chameleon Lily Flower Solar Garden Light with Unique Green-lit Stem[/amazon_image]These [amazon_link id=”B002AC4ASY” target=”_blank” ]Chameleon Lily Flower Solar Garden Light with Unique Green-lit Stem[/amazon_link] are the ideal way to get some color into your gardens at night. The stem lights up green, and they have a lily flower at the top of the stem that changes color automatically.
[amazon_image id=”B002ACFXCQ” link=”true” target=”_blank” size=”medium” ]Wild Grass Solar Garden Lights. 3 Sprigs of 1.2 Foot Tall Grass.[/amazon_image]Or you may like the [amazon_link id=”B002ACFXCQ” target=”_blank” ]Wild Grass Solar Garden Lights. 3 Sprigs of 1.2 Foot Tall Grass.[/amazon_link] which is a set of three sprigs of 1.2 foot tall simulated grass LED lights. The fibre optic grass strands can be formed into different shapes by twisting or bending them. They can be controlled to give off steady light or turned to a flashing mode. They can be spread across a distance of more than 2 foot.
These are just a few of the best solar yard lights to help get you started on your outdoor lighting. For information on some other types of solar LED yard lights try these articles on solar deck lights and outdoor string lights.