Solar-Powered Outdoor Lighting!

When considering upgrades to your home, it’s easy to overlook added lighting for your patio and backyard, but what a difference a few lumens makes to outdoor living space! And there’s no need to worry about electrical outlets when you can use batteries and the sun to power outdoor lighting and add backyard illumination anywhere you want it! The latest innovations in attractive solar and portable outdoor lights can help you create a warm, inviting ambience with a variety of easy-to-install options.

Step and Deck Lights

Illuminating steps and walkways helps everyone navigate your backyard after the sun goes down, and these deck lights from Lowe’s are practically fool-proof. The store closest to Colliers Hill is in Longmont on Ken Pratt Blvd., just 10 minutes from Erie. Just mount these lights to any flat surface with the included screws wherever you need the light. They absorb the sun’s energy during the day, and light up at dusk.

These solar accent lights from Plow & Hearth work the same way, turning on automatically at night and highlighting your deck railing and posts with amber-hues for about eight hours. And you can attach them to your deck railing, post or fence, or leave them free-standing – so perfect for decorative lighting that anyone can install. 

Candles and Fireflies 

Candles aren’t your only choice for strategically placed outdoor illumination. A great table accessory that keeps the bugs from bugging you are these saucer-shaped oil lamps from CB2. They’re made of poly/resin/stone, filled with mineral or citronella oil, and will burn for up to eight hours.

Here’s a fun project for kids using empty bottles to fashion solar garden lighting. This accent light kit from Gardeners.com contains a rubber stopper with three short LED light strings attached. Push the light strings into your favorite bottle and place the stopper in the top. A small solar panel on the top charges the battery so the twinkling LED lights begin to glow at dusk, just like fireflies.

Don’t leave Gardeners without looking at the 20 more options for solar lighting for your yard, from fairy dust balls and songbird garden stakes to mason jar lamps and shepherd’s hook lanterns.  

Container Lighting

These containers show off blooms by day and soft, illumination at night. More solar-power turns these planters into a pleasant light show when the sun sets. No need to worry about outlets when the sun supplies the energy so you can put them anywhere – on your porch or patio or in your garden or yard. Solar-illuminated planters are powered by the sun, so you can display them anywhere without worrying about outlets. Choose either the color-changing mode or a single color to illuminate your plants.

HGTV offers up 13 more outdoor lighting ideas for your backyard that include a piece of wall art for your garden, plug-in pendants, outdoor wall sconces and lighted wire spheres for your backyard.

Light up Your Backyard in Colliers Hill!

Backyards become extra outdoor living space during the summer months and Colliers Hill backyards become the perfect palette for creating an after-dusk atmosphere for relaxing and entertaining. Why not explore the models in this amazing master-planned community – offered by Shea Homes, Richmond American Homes and Meritage Homes? You’ll find a bevy of ranch and two-story designs priced from the upper $300s to the $600s.