Decorate your garden with landscape lighting to create a magical nighttime ambiance – St George News

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FEATURE – Enjoy your garden and landscape after the sun goes down with strategically placed and attractive landscape lighting. Select the best type of light that complements your garden design and best serves the intended purpose.

Solar powered lighting eliminates the need for outdoor outlets, extension cords or buried low voltage lines. The solar panels charge on sunny days and can be mounted on the light or on a long cord, allowing you to place the solar panel where it receives the most sunlight.

Some lights turn on automatically at dusk, others have a manual on-off switch, and a few have a remote on-off.

Votive and pillar candles are longtime favourites. Place them in a container on the table or line a path. Unfortunately, the wax drips, there is a fire hazard, and the flame can blow out in a strong breeze.

Consider using battery-operated candles instead. These look and flicker like the real thing and eliminate some of the problems and dangers of candles. Look for ones with remote controls or timers to light up your space hassle-free.

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Use these battery operated candles in decorative holders like the Dahlia Blossom perforated metal lanterns (on this link). You’ll enjoy copper cut lanterns as garden art by day and the intricate pattern of light they cast by night.

Pot up your favorite tropical and edible flowers and plants in solar-illuminated planters. Solar powered planter lights are frosted white by day and can be programmed to display one color or set for color changing mode. These pots have a 10ft cord, allowing you to place the pots where the plants will thrive and connect it to its solar panel in a nearby sunny spot.

Solar torches have twinkling lights that create a realistic look while illuminating a path or seating area. Use one to highlight a special spot in your garden or several to light up a driveway, patio or larger space when entertaining.

Prevent trips and falls while improving safe access to your favorite outdoor spaces by illuminating steps as well as walkways. Look for solar-powered lights like Maxsa Solar Ninja Stars that can be mounted on steps, the ground, deck, wall, or other flat surfaces. The built-in solar panels come with a rechargeable battery.

Add an overhead glow to patios, decks or balconies with string lights. They come in a variety of styles to light up larger spaces or showcase your favorite tree. The multi-colored water drop string lights will add a festive look to any space. Luminites solar string lights feature Edison bulbs that provide six to eight hours of steady or gently flickering modes.

Add extra fun, personality or interest with specialty lights. Outdoor lights like the Twinklelite Solar Stake Lights have flexible branches covered in 120 LED bulbs. Twist and bend the branches to achieve the look you desire. Then wait for the lights to turn on automatically at dusk.

Add landscape lighting to help you enjoy quiet times or festive gatherings in your gardens after dark. Select the best easy to use lighting options, complete your design and provide the necessary lighting in your landscape.

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