Outdoor solar lighting fits into both of these categories.
Using the sun as an alternative source of energy, solar lighting helps to reduce, on a small scale, the amount of toxins released from power plants.
And, although the upfront cost may be more (but many times is not), the long term savings is larger than this initial investment.
There are plenty of other reasons why solar lighting makes a great alternative to traditional, wired lighting when the lights are being placed outside of the home.
They are easy to use and require no professional installation.
No wires mean that there is no threat of damage to the lights by rodents.
But you may not be aware of the large variety of outdoor solar lighting that is available on the market today.
Walkways, decks, pools, patios, and gardens can all be made more aesthetically pleasing, as well as safer, through the use of outdoor solar lighting.
Most people are familiar with the classic stake-type lights that rest on small poles pushed into the ground, but here are a few of the other specialty products that can be used to give your landscape a one-of-a-kind look and feel to it.
Many outdoor solar lighting companies make stepping stones, lights that hang from stakes, globes that float on water, Chinese lanterns, grill lights, miniature string lights like those used around the holidays, wall mounted lights, large deck umbrella lights, glowing bricks, solar planters, and even globes that can be hung in a tree.
You can also find outdoor solar lighting that can add an element of safety to your outdoor areas.
There are solar lights to illuminate address numbers and even spot and floodlights that are powered by the sun.
So whether you are one of the many people looking to go green while saving some green or simply want to add some unique features to your outdoor landscaping, investigate all of the options available when it comes to solar lights.
Chances are you will find something that suits your taste as well as your budge