5 Innovative Ways To Light Up Your Garden

It is getting easier, cheaper (sort of) and more interesting to buy solar powered lights lately. They are in every gardening catalog, on every gardening website, and slowly popping up around homes. As Amazon.com rapidly turns green you can even find them here. Here is a quick list of solar lights that will help bring your electric bill down and light up your home in very colorful and interesting ways. My best tip for ordering solar lights is to order at least double what you think you will need and plan on returning any that are defective. With solar lights, there seems to be some inconsistency in inventory so it is best to just over order and return them if they don't work.

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1. Solar Powered Floating Light Globe

If you have a pond or a large fountain try the floating solar powered color changing light. The light is incredibly bright. It provides a rainbow of colors: green, red, blue, orange, purple, white, etc. It can be used indoors as well as outdoors. No wiring is required to use it and it's solar batteries recharge during daylight. This light is not recommended for use in chlorinated water. (Info here.)

2. Ladybug Solar Lights

Like ladybugs? These are a set of 4 cute red solar powered ladybugs. Each are lit by one red led lightbulb and are about 4 inches each so they won't light up your garden but will add some fun. They are easy to install and to maintain. When fully charged, they provide up to 8 hours of light.

3. Moonrays Color Changing Solar Light Balls

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This is a very elegant looking light on a stake. It is a lovely cracked glass ball with photocells that turns the light on each night. As the evening progresses the pretty solar ball cycles through  7 different colors and in the dark look like they are floating on air. No electricity is required to turn it on.


4.Solar Powered Flying Butterfly, Hummingbird and Dragonfly

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This is a 3 stake light that comes with a solar powered butterfuly, dragonfly and hummingbird that change color ffrom red to green to blue. You can turn them on automatically or let them come on at dusk. Super simple to iinstal.


5. Solar-Powered Daisy Light

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I think solar powered flowers are visually pleasing. I like them because they can be placed in a garden of flowers and they will not look out of place. This solar powered daisy, for example, can blend into a garden of daisies and then light the garden up during the night. So it looks like a daisy, but it is really a light. There are other colors that are available.

If you are wondering if the lights are up to par take a look at the customer reviews. For the most part they are very helpful and indicative of telling you how these lights function in different situations. If there isn't a review available feel free to write your own. Also keep in mind that these are only a few of the solar powered lights available. There are many more to choose from and you can take a look at others here.

Gloria Campos-Hensley
Green Products Blogger

Originally published September 2007, and updated April 2015.