Using Solar Yard Lights

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During our July 4th holiday weekend, I wanted to go night fishing with the boyfriend. His protest - no money in the budget for a lantern. My answer - use the 99 cents LED solar pathway lights I had purchased on sale.

I pulled up 5 of the lights from the yard, packed them in my reusable grocery bag, and off we went. We used 3 lights to mark the pond edge (slight drop off), one we placed next to the worms to bait our hooks by, and we also left one light on the dash of the car. It was a nice beacon to locate the car when returning to it at 2 am.

I also discovered that the lights in the reusable grocery bag made a nice "lantern" to use to follow the dark path. Now they are back in their proper places, charging for our next night fishing adventure.


By FrugalKim from Columbus, OH

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January 10, 2001

If you are considering buying pathway or ground lights, consider buying the solar lights instead. They use no electricity and there are no cords to get in your way. They can be placed anywhere in your yard because they don't need a power source. They recharge everyday, even on cloudy days and light up at night. They cost more initially but will save money and the environment in the long run. Also, you can take them with you on camping trips.

You can buy solar lights online or at your favorite hardware or garden store. If they don't have them, request them. There are many on the market.

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Now that the weather is getting cooler we spend less time outside. If you have solar lights, the ones that have a central solar panel and hook together with wires, put your central panel where it will get sun during the day. Place the lights among your house plants, I take the stakes out of mine. Or put them to highlight another spot in your house. At night you get soft ambient light that makes your plants glow.


By Valery from Cranford, NJ

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June 13, 2001

If you are considering buying pathway or ground lights, consider buying the solar lights instead. They use no electricity and there are no cords to get in your way.

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May 9, 2012

I have a post made of three pieces of tree limbs, at different heights. I want to have a solar light on top. On another is an animal and a sign is off to the side of the third one. How do I do this?

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February 27, 2019

If you experience a power outage, grab your outdoor solar lights for use indoors. They should last for a few hours. This is a page about using solar lights for power outages.

Solar Lights by Brick Garden Path

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August 29, 2017

Solar lights come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Putting some along your fence line can add a nice dimension to your landscaping.


Here is a good idea about how to attach solar lights to your fence.

Attach Solar Lights to Your Fence - Solar light attached to a fence shown at night.

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February 27, 2019

Using hanging solar lights and sun light through your windows, you can save electricity and keep your home lit all evening long. This is a page about using solar lights for indoor lighting.

A solar patio light outside.

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