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Solar Powered Garden Lights

Updated on December 5, 2014

Make your garden twinkle with solar powered lights

I love being in the garden. I love getting everyone together for a bar-b-q. I enjoy the family time we have but am always a little sad when it gets too dark or chilly to sit out. The solution? I now have several sets of solar panel lights dotted around.

Around the borders I have placed 20 solar powered light that are either festive, changing through several colors, or sophisticated, staying a constant white. It depends on the company we have whether I have the coloured lights showing or the white lights showing. For family or the children having friends over the colored lights are fun as they change through the spectrum of the rainbow. If we are having adult friends over for drinks and nibbles then the white lights are pretty and seem a little bit more grown-up.

The solar powered lights are bright enough without being obtrusive. We still get hedgehogs and a fox visiting the garden so obviously the lights aren't putting them off.

I also have various sets of colored lights strung through the trellising which looks very pretty as the wisteria has grown around them and you just get a glimpse of the colored light as the breeze blows the wisteria about.

The bonus with these lights is that they're run on solar panels. No extra cost if someone forgets to turn them off. I feel as if I'm also doing my little bit for the planet by not using more energy, never mind my bank balance.

As a little finishing touch I also have a couple of solar panel lights in my fish pond. The fish don't seem to mind and I love seeing the reflection on a summer evening. Very soothing.

I also love having candles in the garden. I have bought some beautiful lanterns that take citronella tea lights, and some hurricane lanterns that give off a wonderful romantic glow whilst you're sitting having dinner.

If you get a little too cold then light the chiminea. We bought a chiminea a couple of years ago and it was money well spent. A little bit of extra glow as well as a lot of warmth.

Last year we cut down a eucalyptus tree in the garde. It was inhibiting anything else from growing around it and encroaching in our neighbours garden. I decided to leave the stump in the ground and now have dragonfly solar panel lights draped around it. It looks beautiful.

Brighten up your Garden. Use your Wonderful Garden in the Evening.

Some ideas to start with

Start off small until you decide on your theme. Don't be afraid to be bold. Gardens should be fun.

Good for getting rid of pesky insects.

You know what it's like, the sun goes down and the insects come out to play. Thankfully citronella candles can keep them at bay.

Fairy lights - magical

Little girls love seeing fairy lights in the garden. A wonderful place to story tell.

My Herb Garden Lit at Night - Taken with my NIKON D90

Solar lit Herb Garden at Night
Solar lit Herb Garden at Night

That's Rosemary that's being lit, it's getting a bit out of control.

Christmas Lights

Anyone who knows me knows that Christmas in my favorite time of year. For this year I have decided to add more fairy lights that will run on solar power to my Christmas decorations. Don't worry if you don't get a lot of sunshine in December as most modern panels will work in dull conditions as it is the photons in natural daylight which is converted by the solar panel cells to produce electricity.

Do you make full use of your garden on warm evenngs?

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      MJ Martin aka Ruby H Rose 

      4 years ago from Washington State

      Oh yes citronella lights are the best out among our trees. Some great solar lights here to choose from. We love to sit out in the spring and summer.

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      Donna Cook 

      4 years ago

      Great lens-the lights look beautiful! I wish I could but the mosquitoes here in Colorado carry West Nile virus. Have to put on a lot bug spray just to mow the grass and work in the yard.

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      tonyleather 

      4 years ago

      These always look really great when I see them in the gardens of other people, but I do not go out into my back garden much when it gets dark, so I have never actually taken the plunge and bought any, though I an now considering it, thanks to this lens!

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      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @DrLibby: Happy to have been of service:-)

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      DrLibby 

      5 years ago

      you've given me some ideas to ruminate on regarding solar lights

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      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @gadifi lm: Thank you, that's very kind of you to say so.

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      gadifi lm 

      5 years ago

      I love your interesting about the solar lights in your garden

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      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @Felicitas: Thank you, it's an on-going project.

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      Felicitas 

      5 years ago

      You have a lovely selection of solar lights here. I look forward to seeing your photos when you get them up. Your garden sounds stunning.

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      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @Judy Filarecki: Thank you so much for your kind comment. I have been trying to photographs of a set of butterfly lights wound around a tree stump in the garden. I will post one when I am happy with it, so far I don't feel they're good enough to post.

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      Judy Filarecki 

      5 years ago from SW Arizona and Northern New York

      Your garden sounds absolutely beautiful, warm and inviting. i love the solar lights tha are available now, especially the ones that change color or five off distinctive patterns of light adding mystery to the setting.

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      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @notsuperstitious1: I'll bet it looks beautiful!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Nice solar items.

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      Edith Rose 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I am using solar lights to decorate my back yard.

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      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Wow, looks very useful!

    • Carashops profile imageAUTHOR

      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @bofirebear: I hope you enjoy them if you get them!

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      bofirebear 

      5 years ago

      Solar power lights are a great solution and easy to move and rearrange. I saw some on here I want. Thanks

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      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @whats4dinner: Thank you.

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      whats4dinner 

      5 years ago

      great lens. solar powered garden lights are fantastic.

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      May Matthew 

      5 years ago

      Must get one for my garden!

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      CoolFool83 

      5 years ago

      Some excellent solar lights!

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      kopox 

      5 years ago

      nice idea, want one for my garden :)

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      RuralFloridaLiving 

      5 years ago

      Yes, love to be outdoors in the garden!

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      ohcaroline 

      5 years ago

      I like these outdoors lights. Your photo is great. Your yard takes on a whole new dimension with the right lights.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      What a great gift idea! Have you considered recategorizing this lens From :Home & Garden" to the "Gift Guide" topic? That's what I did with my feng shui lens. The Squidoo HQ Team approved it for inclusion in the Celebrate magazine. Go see my lens: http://www.squidoo.com/feng-shui-can-improve-your-...

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      deckdesign 

      5 years ago

      We recently installed lights under our soffits which puts more like on our deck but we need to put solar lights in our garden.

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      einsteinmoomjy 

      5 years ago

      Love this lens! I sometimes remove the solar panel portion of solar lights and put them on hand-picked jars and make my own solar lights. They're pretty cool.

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      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree, I think they can make the garden look magical.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Solar lighting is so cool, casts a warm glow in the gardens. :)

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      Cara 

      5 years ago

      @Allison Whitehead: I've just bought some dragonfly solar lights which look lovely on an old tree stump in the garden. Unfortunately I've not managed to take a lovely photograph of them lit up at night. I will keep trying though.

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      Allison Whitehead 

      5 years ago

      We've got some solar lights. Nice to see them light up as the sun goes down.

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      Cara 

      6 years ago

      @WriterJanis2: I've just added solar powered dragonflies to an old tree stump in the garden. Unfortunately they don't photograph well enough to add a picture of them to my lens, but I will keep trying.

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      WriterJanis2 

      6 years ago

      I love solar powered lights. Need to put more up.

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      ohcaroline 

      6 years ago

      i really like garden and yard lights...and solar makes them even better.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Love the idea of solar powered lamps for the garden!

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      CoolFool83 

      6 years ago

      I love these, I need to buy some for my lawn. Very nice.

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      Tony Cooks 

      6 years ago

      Me, my wife and the kids love the garden on those warm evenings :-) I am big on green energy so we have solar lights to light up the garden path at night. They look so pretty! Great lens and I love you solar light in the herb garden. I grow some herbs but only inside at the moment.

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      floppypoppygift1 

      6 years ago

      Great ideas! In Tucson we have lots of sun, too! Cheers~cb

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      Cara 

      6 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: Yes, its a delight to see. Thank you.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      I really do love solar powered lights especially in my own backyard.

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      MrMojo01 

      6 years ago

      Nice lens, I enjoyed it!

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      Kathryn Grace 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Ah, if only I had a garden. Alas, I must depend on the city parks. Fortunately, I live close to several parks with lovely gardens. Nicely done lens.

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      pinkrenegade lm 

      6 years ago

      These garden lights look lovely.

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      Cara 

      6 years ago

      @OrlandoTipster: Variety is the spice of life..... Also beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Thank you.

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      OrlandoTipster 

      6 years ago

      These look a whole lot different then the little ones my neighbor has.

      Thanks for sharing

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      Cara 

      6 years ago

      @dave-sutton: What a fanastic idea. I'd love to know how you get on. I've just completed my first ever Christmas Lens, so I'm in the Christmas mood, yes already

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      dave-sutton 

      6 years ago

      It was Dot's birthday a couple of days ago and she got six of these as a present from her sister. She planted them in the flower bed and much to my surprise (and my neighbour) they started glowing through from red to blue to yellow once it got dark. I thought Christmas had come early. I'm seriously thinking of filming them and making it into an animated gif.

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