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Lighting up the Night

June 10th, 2015

I’ve been thinking about getting a set of solar string lights to try out for quite a while. There are no outlets on the outside of this house and living rurally it can be quite dark sometimes. It would be nice to have a little light around the front door when get home after dark. I thought a set of these Starry Solar String Lights that charge with the sun during the day and come on automatically at night might just be the perfect option. I especially like that they’re warm white, because I can’t stand the piercing blue of most LED lights. These don’t pulse either, which I was worried about. Overall, they’re great for being LEDs, normally I can’t have them around because they bother my eyes.
solar fairy lights 1
They’re pretty bright, especially since it’s so dark up here on the hill. I’m going to give them a try for a few months, if they last I’ll be getting a few more sets for the garden.
solar fairy lights 2
I’d really love to use them here and there to add a little nighttime interest and highlight a few features in the garden, like the rounded trellis in the middle of the potager. I have old fashioned lights in our apple tree and it’s one of my favorite things in the garden at night. Everyone that visits at night also loves there. There’s just something about the warm glow of lights in the garden.

I’m also considering getting a set to put at the bottom of the driveway by the road, it would be the perfect way for people to find our driveway after dark.

Do you use light in the garden at night?

4 Comments to “Lighting up the Night”
  1. Caroline on June 10, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    I absolutely love twinkle lights in gardens at night! Unfortunately I don’t really have any yet. I do have a couple of solar powered butterflies/dragonflies that stick in the ground. They change from red to blue to green. They’re very pretty, I like them, but my kids keep breaking them. :( Eventually, when I move to my Forever Home and have a yard I really love I plan to have all kinds of solar lights!

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  2. Nebraska Dave on June 10, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Susy, Urban living never has dark. Street lights always give a night glow. Then there are some that insist on leaving on the front or rear door lights. Decorative lights would be a great addition to the garden. I might have to think about that.

    Have a great night light experience.

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  3. KimH on June 10, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    I’ve got a few angels & globes that are solar powered LEDs in my “forest”. Some work really well.. and some only work some of the time.. sigh.. but what do you expect when you buy geegaws from Marcs. ;)

    I like lights in the garden too.. I also have a fountain that has a light in it.. I dont turn it on very often but if we’re sitting outside, I do so we can enjoy it.

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  4. Sara on June 10, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    I have a string of solar lights in our little hoop house. It almost glows at night, it’s pretty fun. In the winter the days are so short it only runs for an hour or two, but it looks pretty in the snow too :)

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