No Electricity Garden Lighting
Garden lighting certainly doesn’t always have to be the plug-in kind. If you don’t want to add to your electric bill, or the location in your yard that you want to light up is not next to a power source, then there are plenty of other options to light up the evening outdoors.
Beyond the ordinary garden stake lantern, there are lots of interesting products that harness the power of the sun to produce pretty light in your garden and keep you off your power company’s grid. Core Systems is a manufacturer that produces a nifty product called CoreGlow, which are pebbles that are loaded with glow-in-the-dark materials (as seen in photo 1). You can put these in flower pots or around your yard for a unique lighting option that is fairly inexpensive. Best of all, it’s eco-friendly and safe around kids and pets, too. Check it out here.
If the glow-in-the-dark concept is an intriguing one for you, then grab a can of glow paint to dazzle up your garden. You can paint a flower pot, stepping stones, large rocks, pavers or anything else you can put a lick of paint on so that it just lights up at night after a few hours exposure in the sun. You aren’t necessarily going to get a super bright light from this paint, but you will get enough to release a bit of luminosity.
Solar lighting has come a long way from the days where fixtures emitted light that was too weak to appreciate. These days, solar lighting incorporates LED technology for a much brighter light. They come in a dizzying array of style options such as torches, orbs, and even string lights. Solar lighting has also come down in price significantly over the last 10 years, but you might still catch a bit of a shock at the price upfront. Nonetheless, it pays for itself in the long run since there is no power bill. Typically you simply replace a Ni-MH (Nickel-Metal Hydride) battery available at your home improvement store every year or two to keep the sun sucking energy going.
If you want to try your hand at a brilliant solar DIY project that is far from difficult, then give this solar chandelier from NotPaperandGlue.com a whirl (as seen in photo 2). It will make a huge impact hanging from a tree limb and looks super cool. Or how about these delicious solar mason jars with step-by-step instructions by Kait McClanahan over at her blog, The McClanahan Chronicles.
Candles present a mood-filled alternative for garden lighting, and torches are a beautiful option that also gives you the opportunity to use citronella based oil that will keep pesky mosquitos at bay, too. Eric at Design Sponge has terrific DIY plans for making torches inexpensively (as seen in photo 3).
A small tabletop fireplace has great wow factor (as seen in photo 4), and since it’s powered by gel fuel its power cord free and is environmentally friendly. They come in a variety of styles, from rustic stones to modern glass to suit any taste; and thanks to their portable size, they can be put virtually anywhere.