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Time to Go Solar

If you’re thinking about investing in solar pathway lighting for your garden this season, our staff has tested the newest and latest on the market. We’ll help you figure out what to look for in this evolving technology.

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I'm James Baggett with Nature's Garden. If you're thinking about investing in solar pathway lighting for your garden this season, our staff has tested the newest and latest on the market. We'll help you figure what to look for in this ever- evolving technology. There's no longer any reason to fumble around in the dark. Solar-powered lights are the simplest and quickest to install. They contain rechargeable battery packs, long-lasting bulbs, and built in panels with solar cells that convert sunlight into electricity. These low maintenance lights can be moved around easily and under ideal situations can stay lit for up to 15 hours. When shopping, know what features to look for. Let's start with these mission-style lights from Garden Road. A set of 4 of these will run you about 130 bucks and you have the option of staking them in the ground or suspending them from a hook. Once charged these stay lit for about 10 hours. They're made of metal, plastic, and glass, and their natural white light will look right at home in any arts and crafts setting. This stainless steel model from Unique Arts definitely lends a contemporary feel to modern landscapes. These cost about $40 each and were voted number 1 in America by Hamaker Schlemmer. The light from these is intense and has a definite blue cast to it. We like the sleek look these lends to more modern landscapes. We saved our favorites for last. These great-looking stainless steel fixtures from Front Gate have a motion sensing switch that can be activated, and they can be charged even on cloudy days and stay lit for up to 15 hours, but you get what you pay for. These cost about $90 each and feature a range of setting, plus they're right at home in the city or country. Last year, the US Department of Energy reported a 19% increase in the use of solar energy. Isn't it time you made the switch to solar?