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Outdoor Lights: Solar Rock Lights

Updated on October 17, 2011

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If you’re searching for some great outdoor lights, consider solar rock lights. They just have to be one of the coolest things ever invented! As a matter of fact, I wish I had come up with the idea. Solar rock lights have everything you could possibly want in exterior lights. They don’t require electricity, they light up areas of your yard at night, and they look totally natural in an outdoor setting. What’s not to love?

What are solar rock lights?

Solar rock lights are outdoor lights that resemble rocks. The light is centered in the middle of a resin mold that closely resembles a real rock. A solar collector is attached at the top of the unit, where it gathers energy from the sun during the day. This energy charges the light’s batteries and gives the light the power to shine without being wired to an electrical outlet. Solar rock lighting is both attractive and inexpensive.

Advantages of outdoor lights

Outdoor lights provide several advantages. For one thing, they provide a safety aspect to your lawn, patio, deck, or garden. By strategically placing your outside lights, you can brighten pathways, stairways, steps, and uneven paving to help prevent slip and fall accidents, which by the way, are the number one cause of home accidents and liability lawsuits for homeowners.

Outdoor lights also make your home more secure. Burglars and other intruders try their best to avoid well lighted areas. If your house and yard are illuminated, the would-be crook will most likely mosey along to find a darker scenario for his line of work.

Another advantage of having outdoor lights is the beauty they can add to your outdoor living areas. Instead of a dark, foreboding area, your garden or patio can be bathed in warm light, making them much more inviting to you, your family, and your guests.

Why solar rock lights?

Solar rock lights are one of the best choices you can make for exterior lights. For one thing, you won’t have to remember to turn them on. A sensor in the light knows when it’s dark, so the lights come on automatically at sundown and turn themselves off early the next morning. With solar rock lighting, you can pretty much place it and forget it.

Another great thing about solar rock lights is that they look like a natural part of the landscape. They don’t “stick out like a sore thumb” in your garden or yard like metal lights do. They blend in naturally to help create beautiful outdoor living areas that are also very usable.

Solar rock lights are also inexpensive, so you can afford to buy several. Outline your patio area with them, place them along a garden path, or use them to highlight and draw attention to special plants or statuary in your garden. Here’s another idea: use a solar rock light to illuminate your house number.

Sure, you can buy more powerful exterior lights, but they have to be plugged into an electrical outlet or wired to your home’s electrical system. Imagine dealing with all those ugly cords outside! Who needs that? Solar rock lights are super easy to use because there’s no installation. Talk about exterior lights for dummies! Solar rock lighting is just that.

What kinds of solar rock lights are available?

You’ll find several different types of solar rock lights. They come in different sizes, different shapes, and different colors. Some are craggy with “sharp” edges, while others are smooth like river rocks. Whichever type you choose, they’ll look a heck of a lot better and more at home outside than any metal light you find.

Where to buy solar rock lights

You can usually find a few solar rock lights at stores that sell outdoor lights, but you most likely won’t be offered much of a selection. For the widest array of solar rock lights, shop online. As a matter of fact, several solar rock lights are offered below!

 

Solar rock lights can light up your night!
Solar rock lights can light up your night!

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    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Emily, solar rock lights ARE cool! Thanks for stopping by!

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      emilybee 

      9 years ago

      These are very cool. Nice hub. Thanks for the info.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Clare, thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Clare 

      9 years ago

      We all care how our homes appear to others and lighting is a big part of that. Solar rock lights are a popular and cost effective option for adding a little zing to your landscaping efforts.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      Elight, the solar rock lights are way cool!

      Helene, lower power bills are always good!

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      helene.bliss 

      9 years ago

      wow those lights are so wonderful, I like how it looks like and how it can also help us to save some money from our electric bills.

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      eLightSpot 

      9 years ago from Enid

      This is a super clever idea! You get the necessary lighting without having tacky looking lights in your yard. Another great idea for outdoor lighting that you can definitely use around the holidays is using Christmas lights. You can get clever with them too like use them to light you walkway and such, again, without it looking tacky!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for the tips about solar rock lights, Jay!

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      jaymelee23 

      10 years ago from United States

      I love solar lights for around sidewalks. I end up buying the ones that have 6 LED bulbs and the large solar pad thing that's on the top.. they work very well. Thanks for the great hub.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      I love the solar rock lights, too, Nancy!

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      nancy_30 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for the great information. These are really neat. I would love to have some for my walkway.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Right, Buckie - I would be the "thing" that went bump in the night! lol

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Peggy, the LED solar "lightbulbs" last 20-25 years, but they're not really lightbulbs in the traditional sense. I would def suggest an LED light.

      As for brightness, it varies widely. Some brands claim they're 18 times brighter than a regular solar light. Some of these include the LED spotlights.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Great idea, Sally!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Those are so cool - I've also seen rocks that are actually speakers....I'm not sure why you'd want to disguise your speakers though to have them look like a rock but someone was thinking! Nice idea - I would think those would be better than the ones you stick in the ground and that somehow I always trip on!

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi habee,

      Since they are solar and would be used daily...how often are the bulbs changed? Once a year? More? Less often? Just trying to get an idea. Also how strong is the illumination? How does it compare to a normal floodlight which we now have outside our home? Thanks!

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      Sherri 

      10 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      LOL. No I never have. Maybe you'll do a Hub on key hiders? The dog poo would have to be a winner!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Peggy, hubby says they rarely burn out, but they do have to be changed if you use the light for a long time.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for stopping by, Eth!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Bpop, I's likes ya 2 buy them, too! lol

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      thanks, Mickey! How ya been?

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Ha! BK, if only I cold find little solar air conditioners for this 100-degree heat we're having!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Many thanks, Anglnwu!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Sally, have you seen the key hider that looks like dog poo??

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Val, go ahead and order several! lol

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      Peggy Woods 

      10 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I was wondering just how much illumination comes from them? Also, do you have to change bulbs like you do regular bulbs?

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      Ethel Smith 

      10 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      These look good. I have some cheap ordinary solar lights outdoors. They do save on energy but only often add an ambiance rather than a strong light

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      breakfastpop 

      10 years ago

      I like these lights especially since the people who mow my lawn mowed down my light that wasn't solar. I think I's like to buy them.

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      Micky Dee 

      10 years ago

      I've always enjoyed the outdoor lights but these are great. I love these rocks.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Pam, I think the rock lights just look so much better than the other types!

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      BkCreative 

      10 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Well, these are just so cute. Seriously cute. I wonder if I can use them indoors. In fact I think I will try and save on my million dollar electric bill here in NYC.

      Great, useful information.

      Rated up and awesome because they are so cute!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Good idea for solar rock lights, Katie!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Nifty, you sound a lot like me!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading, veejay! I'm hoping to get a bunch of solar rock lights for my anniversary.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Right, Maita - and no cords!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Sunny, the one with the LED lights are stronger than the older models.

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Chris, I agree!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Yes, they are, HH!

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      anglnwu 

      10 years ago

      Love solar lights--as you said they're look very natural and add accents to the garden. At night, they turn magical and attractive. Great selection. Rated it up.

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      Sherri 

      10 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Just had another thought...I don't think I'd buy the one that has the key hider. Wouldn't that be an invitation to a thief, especially as it's advertised on the Net that way?

      Many years ago a friend gave me a key hider, a resin mold little rock that could be camouflaged among other rocks, but there was just something about that little fake rock that stood out no matter how it was positioned.

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      Sherri 

      10 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Wonderful, smart products. I've never seen them before. I'll have to go check them out. Thanks for putting this info together.

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      valeriebelew 

      10 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      I had never heard of these, and this is a great idea. Also looks like an affordable one. My outside light quit working recently, and it is really dark outside. I have a home security system, but that doesn't help much with taking the dogs out for potty emergencies. Think I'll bookmark this one and order one. Thanks.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      10 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Habee, I think those lights are so attractive. I would love to get some for our yard. Tha.nks for the information

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      Katie McMurray 

      10 years ago from Westerville

      I have some of these solar rock lights around my flagpole and they work GREAT, plus they do look like just a rock in the day. :)

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      nifty@50 

      10 years ago

      Very nice! I like that you set them in your yard and that's it!

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      veejay23 

      10 years ago from South Africa

      Wow! I like them, I want to surprise my wife one day.

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      prettydarkhorse 

      10 years ago from US

      wow, plus it is green of course because it doesn't use electricity and use solar power, Maita

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      Paula 

      10 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hi Habee, I love lights, but often solar powered ones aren't that strong in their intensity. These sound really cool, and I love rocks too, it is a great idea. Like you said, I wish I had thought of it.

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      carolina muscle 

      10 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Those are so coooool.

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      Hello, hello, 

      10 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your lovely hub. They are a wonderful invention, cost and beauty wise.

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