It’s been rainy here all week. I’m sitting here with a cup of coffee and I really don’t want to go to work. I suspected this may happen, so I booked myself a meeting today – just to ensure I would show up at the office! Of course, I booked it for the afternoon though, so that I could take all the time I wanted in the morning.
A couple weeks ago, we invested in some solar landscape lighting and I have to say that I’m impressed. The lights aren’t super bright, but they’ve held enough charge to keep us lit up over two days without a lot of sunshine. For a climate like ours, they are a great idea. Our days are never too long or too short, so the lights generally have enough time each day to get charged up. AND I found out that I can order little red and green lens covers to go over the “spot lights” so that we can use them for Christmas.
The lights were pretty affordable too. It seems that a company, called Malibu, is making the majority of solar landscape lights for both Lowe’s and Home Depot down here. We are using these “spotlights” (but hmmm – I think maybe we paid $40, more than is listed – must find the receipt) and are trying out a couple of these path lights ($25 each).
I was skeptical about whether these would actually do the job, but they provide enough light to make our house look occupied, but not blind you as you drive up. If you are looking to fully illuminate your yard, or live farther north and have much shorter days in the winter, these aren’t for you. They are definitely serving their purpose for us though. I think we will invest in another set of spotlights and put them down the edge of the house. I’m not totally sold on the path lights. To shed any significant light, we’d have to get 6 more and that’s a lot of $$. For now, a couple of them in our front flower bed look nice, though.
We also looked into some solar strings of Christmas lights and I’m SHOCKED at some of the prices. $100 for a string of lights? Are you kidding me? That’s why I’m happy to have discovered the little lens covers that can go over our solar spotlights. AND they only cost $1 each.