Glow Better: Boost Your Curb Appeal with Solar Outdoor Lights

An eco-friendly, quick fix for outdoor lighting.

Solar Outdoor Lights
Sometimes lighting makes all the difference.Amazon

Adding outdoor lighting to your back or front yards couldn’t be easier with affordable, solar options that require zero installation. Here’s what to look for.

Solar Lights Outdoor, 12Pack Stainless Steel Outdoor Solar Lights - Waterproof, LED Landscape Lighting Solar Powered Outdoor Lights Solar Garden Lights for Pathway Walkway Patio Yard & Lawn-Cool White
These simple spikes have panels on top, and will automatically turn on at night.Amazon

Solar panels have come a long way, but small ones still aren’t capable of capturing all that much power. Luckily, new lighting technology like LEDs doesn’t require much power, either, making them a perfect match. Outdoor lights can power themselves with little solar panels, capturing energy during the day and powering lights at night.

Solpex 8 Pack Solar Pathway Lights Outdoor, Solar Powered Garden Lights, Waterproof Led Path Lights for Patio, Lawn, Yard and Landscape
These units make a decorative, and classic, “snowflake” pattern when they shine.Solpex

Solar-powered lights like these aren’t spotlight-powerful, but that actually makes them perfect for places where you want just a little bit of light to guide your way. You can line your driveway with them for nighttime trash drop offs. You can line the front path with them, so you never trip over a step again. Or you can illuminate a particular part of the garden, for aesthetics.

Solar Lights Outdoor - New Upgraded Solar Garden Lights, Multi-Color Changing Lily Solar Flower Lights for Patio,Yard Decoration, Bigger Flower and Wider Solar Panel (2 Pack,Purple and Red)
These blooms add a quirky, colorful glow to your outdoor space.Amazon

Most solar lights are unobtrusive and fairly minimal; they keep out of the way and provide just enough light. But there are more fun designs out there, too. Some look like torches, glowing cheerful spheres, or homey mason jars. Solar lights can be an aesthetic draw, too, beyond just providing illumination.