In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful. ―Abram L. Urban
Gardens are places that help us appreciate and enjoy nature's bounty. Although most gardens look beautiful without any artificial embellishments, one can always incorporate some useful lights for the night and other decorative statues and ornamental pieces that can help you enhance the natural beauty of your garden. What better way to decorate your garden than use solar-powered décor?
Solar energy is perhaps the largest source of energy on earth. With the impending threat of fuel and energy depletion, human beings have wisely tapped the extensive solar energy source and are using it in various innovative applications. Solar energy powered products are excellent ways to decorate the gardens where sunlight is available in abundance regularly.
Types of Solar Garden Décor
Solar décor, besides being decorative items, are more importantly applications that run on solar energy. These can include a wide variety of items that are powered by solar energy, like the following:
Solar garden lights should be installed at places where they will be exposed to uninterrupted sunlight. While thinking about solar lights, the most important thing that you should know is that solar lights require no wiring, and hence, are very safe and extremely easy to install. The lights include internal photocell devices that are able to convert sunlight into electrical energy, which is stored in rechargeable batteries, which facilitate illumination in the night. Based on the style of illumination you want, you can have accent lighting, tier lighting, floodlights, spotlights, or low and tall fixtures.
When you install solar lighting in your garden, you have to make sure that there does not exist another light source next to the device since the photocell does not switch on until the surrounding gets dark enough. On an average, fully charged photocells enable the lights to stay on for as much as eight hours, however, the amount of time for which the lights will run on stored solar energy is directly dependent on the amount of sunlight received throughout the day. Solar lighting LED bulbs never burn out so you don't need to replace the bulbs every now and then.
Solar garden fountains are also quite popular items of solar décor. Just like lights, they too don't require any external wiring, but merely a surface for capturing solar energy. Solar garden fountains make for a great addition to your gardens, and definitely enhance the beauty of your garden. In addition to these, you can also add solar clocks and solar water heaters as a value addition to your home.
Advantages of Using Solar Garden Décor
Solar energy is free and will reduce your energy costs. In addition to the primary installation charges, solar energy lighting as well as fountains do not require any expensive maintenance, and hence, are very economical. In an age where we constantly hear the benefits and the dire need of energy conservation, solar energy usage can be a great contribution towards saving some energy resources. The use of solar energy in one million homes would reduce the harmful carbon dioxide emissions by 4.3 million tons per year.