Solar garden lanterns light up fall nights

solar-garden-lanternSolar garden lanterns are the perfect solution to my dark garden. In the summer, it stays light so late at night, that additional lighting often isn’t an issue. But, in the darker days of fall, we begin to use the garden less and less.

Although we have outdoor electricity, it is inconveniently located in a far corner. And, even if it was closer to the patio or grill areas, I don’t want to run an ugly orange extension cord across the yard!

Earlier this year, I found some lovely solar powered lights for the narrow side yard. The small lights nestle right into the plantings and illuminate the footpath. But, they are too small to light the large back yard.

I needed something more substantial. And, these solar garden lanterns provide more than enough illumination for dining or just relaxing in the evenings.

The lanterns come in a two pack.  And, for a patio area roughly 14’ x 14’ I would suggest six lights.

Of course, I still want some tabletop lighting, too. Flickering candles, whether real or artificial, provide great ambiance. I also love charming overhead European bistro lighting. So, strings of French globe lighting make a delightful companion to the solar garden lanterns’ ground lighting.

These lights are very adaptable, so I can move them easily, wherever needed. For example, there is a mounting bracket to permanently attach on a wall or fencing. Or, there is a thick post, for a substantial, freestanding look. There are even shepherd’s hooks, for a cottage garden feel.

I chose to maximize as much as possible. So, I used the thick posts, but kept them low, so that the light hovers above the flower border in an unobtrusive way (see photo above). Then, I used the shepherd’s hooks for colorful birdhouses within some of my enormous pots (as pictured below).

shepherds hook, solar garden lanternsThese LED lights don’t need any special installation or wiring. Simply turn on the rechargeable solar powered battery and you are ready to go.

I left mine in a sunny spot for a full day. And, that very evening I had plenty of bright, clear light. They last up to 8 hours on a “full charge.”

Plus, the solar powered garden lanterns provide up to 10,000 hours of light. So, they will last a few years. But, I do plan to bring them inside during the cold weather, since they are only made of inexpensive plastic.

In years past, some of my plastic flower pots and other garden pieces have not survived the winter temps and snow. Plus, these plastic posts are “snap together” and the plastic shepherd’s hooks are “screw together.” So, I am concerned that snow drifts will cause them to break.

These Ohuhu solar garden lanterns retail for $23.99 on Amazon Prime (2-pack). This is substantially less than ones I found at my local Home Depot where an almost identical two pack retails for $31.88!

For more great outdoor products, visit Ohuhu. As for me, I’ll be in the garden…

Your guide to a life filled with STYLE! Susan Conforte McNeill is a wife, mother, author, entrepreneur, Harper’s BAZAAR Style Ambassador and Cover Girl Ambassador. Susan Said…WHAT?! was named one of the Top 50 Beauty Blogs in the World by RebateZone.com in 2015. Susan is also the co-founder of the literacy organization Success Won’t Wait! Read more about her in Family Circle Magazine.

PHOTO: Image used with permission by Ohuhu.

DISCLAIMER: No financial compensation was received in exchange for this post. I did, however, receive a promotional sample of the solar garden lanterns from Ohuhu in order to fully evaluate the product(s). Regardless, I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers.

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