Transforming a patio from a dark and dreary atmosphere into a well-lit haven is easily done using solar patio lighting. Patio lighting is not limited to a specific area of the yard. The wide variety of patio lights available makes it possible to transform a patio front to back. Solar technology allows these light fixtures to be placed anywhere that receives ample light during the day-no cords needed. Just about any type of patio light can be powered by solar energy, including everything from string lights to walkway illumination. More exotic light sources like color changing bulbs and themed light fixtures bring unparalleled depth and color to a yard. Solar patio lights are ready to use right out of the box after minimal assembly. Let's take a closer look at the many types of patio lighting available today.
Path/Walkway Patio Lights
If you have any confusion about where to start putting lights around your patio, a good tip is to start with your pathways. Paths can always use extra lighting so people can see where they are going. Paths made of brick and concrete are all viable candidates for patio path lighting as long as there is soft ground on either side to stick them in. These light fixtures consist of a light pod that sits on a plastic stake. Users can place the lights into the ground on each side of a path to clearly define the boundary. These lights also work great as driveway lights, bordering each side of the driveway at night. Any type of structure, corner or side in a patio can be accented with patio path lights. The fixtures can be made of either plastic or metal and come in many styles ranging from rustic to modern. Matching a style to your patio is one of the many ways solar patio lighting allows you to express your creativity.
Themed / Color Changing
To break free from convention and add some color to your patio, try using a themed and/or color changing light. Chances are you have a favorite kind of animal or plant. Many patio lights have themed light covers in the shape of animals and other whimsical things. fiber optic technology is often used in these fixtures to create a colorful color-changing light display. Color changing orbs are a hot ticket right now and look great when placed among shrubbery and flowers. The essence of themed lights is that they can be placed in random, fun locations to achieve an expressive look. Themes range from mushrooms and ladybugs to palm trees and flamingos.
Patio String Lights
A very flexible type of solar patio light are the ones that have bulbs on strings. String lights are easy to hang from just about any structure using nails or Velcro straps. Hang them on the edges of your patio awning to provide surreal lighting from above. String lights come in many themes to suit your fancy. A solar panel on one end of the string provides the power to all the LED light bulbs on the string. Light is usually filtered through a plastic or paper cover to make the bulbs change color. Express your creativity by wrapping them around a palm tree trunk or putting them in the branches of a small tree.
Spot and Flood Lights
Have you ever needed to light up an area with bright light at a night time event? When you need to see your surroundings clearly, such as around an outdoor dining set, a spot or flood light can be employed. Solar models are available, although they are not quite as powerful as those plugged into a wall. There is a distinct difference between solar spot lights and flood lights. Spot lights have a focused light beam that can be pointed in a specific location. Spot lights are used for both functional and decorative purposes. You can use them to light up a small table or point them on a decorative structure in the yard. Flood lights have a wider light arc, meaning that they can light up larger areas with the same bulb.
A solar patio umbrella is another great way to provide unexpected and reliable outdoor illumination.