Gadgets: Solar Lights to Update Curb Appeal
Regardless whether your yard is large or small attractive landscaping is important to the curb appeal of your home. Even if you have no intention of selling your home anytime soon perceived value is in first impressions.
Landscaping is not a small investment but there are things that you can do that will go along way without costing to much. Adding additional lighting in your yard can be as important as added lighting to the inside. Lining a walkway with lights can make it safer after dark. Lighting around special plants and trees add visual interest at a time of day that they would otherwise be lost in the shadows. If the entrance to your home is a bit confusing, decorative lights can make the correct path perfectly clear.
Deciding on the right lighting can be a major task. Hardwired lights were once your only choice but now solar landscape lights are the must haves. Some are plastic, some are metal and some are stainless steel. There are traditional styles while others are modern and sleek. The color and style of your home will help determine your final light choice. The size of your yard and the length of the walkway will determine how many separate lights are needed. This DIY video gives a few ideas on how to get started.
Some solar landscape lighting are wireless because each light is also a solar collector. Some solar landscape lighting can have cables that run from each individual light to the solar collector. Both can have their benefits as well as drawbacks. Both styles will work for you if your solar lights will all be in bright sunlight all day. However, if the solar lights will be shaded for several hours each day the cabled version will be best. That way the solar lights can be placed where you like them and the solar collector can be placed where it receives maximum sunlight throughout the day.
By the examples below you will notice that I personally like the modern style. There are many other styles so choose the ones that fit your needs best. It is important to remember that solar lights may not be as bright as electric or even some battery powered lights.
An example of a wired solar landscape light is the MalibuOutdoor Metal Bollard Four-Light Solar Powered Light Kit.
An example of a wireless solar landscape light is the 27” StainlessStealGarden Light Set.