Solar power is truly the wave of the future, a very practical replacement for fossil fuels with many utilitarian uses. The one unexpected thing to come out of the solar revolution is the rise of solar decor. Practical, but pretty, too.
Now, when I say “solar decor,” I don’t mean “Take the solar panel and lightly stamp it with the butterfly stamp, and then decorate it with pink frills,” like a certain domestic goddess might suggest, although that could be nice for a broken panel. No, I mean that the addition of solar power has worked its way into many of the places around our home that we want to look pretty.
The most common solar decor I’ve seen has to do with lighting. Wherever you need lighting, especially outside, solar power makes the job of setting up lights so much easier. It’s simple to set up a line of lights along your driveway to guide you in, or to hang a solar-powered lantern out front, which is pretty and acts as a guiding light.
A good-looking and practical product I’ve seen is address lights. Whether you mount them on your house or on a pole in the front yard, having a well-lit number outside is great for people trying to find you. How many relatives have gotten lost or newspapers mis-delivered because they couldn’t see your house number? Put one of these out front and they’ll never wonder, or wander, again.
The standard yard gnomes, animals and fairies are seeing lights added to them, which add a nice fairy-tale ambience to your outdoors. They might be holding up a lantern (great as a welcoming touch) or a crystal ball, and of course, they light up.
And when the holiday season comes around, it’s not hard to find Christmas lights powered by the sun. You just hang them and forget about them; no need to plug them in every night.
The biggest benefit from all these things using solar energy is the convenience of not having to drag out cords or change out batteries. More than once I’ve either hung an address light or put out a decoration, only to let it grow dark because I either forgot to change out the battery, or because I didn’t want to plug it in. Cords also have the danger of being exposed to the elements, making for short circuits. We don’t need that, do we?
No Need To Deal With Dangerous Electricity
Solar power easily makes those problems obsolete. Most of the time, the solar panel comes mounted in the decoration already, and light-bulb changing is minimized by using LED lights, which last darn near forever. All you have to do is set it out or mount it and you’re good to go.
If you look around, you’ll find that there are enough solar decor styles to go with any house, yard or garden theme, many of which have a classic look that we’ve come to …