We did a big curb appeal update at #theblondevic over the summer, and are doing one last project before the weather turns: landscape lighting!
This post is sponsored by Lowe’s.
During the day, we love how our front yard looks (if you missed our walkway & retaining wall tutorial, click here to catch up!)
The last project we’re tackling out here until 2020 is landscape lighting. We have a few very bright street lights on our street, and our porch light, but we wanted to add some extra lighting to highlight some of the architectural features of the house and the trees.
Here’s what the house looks like now as the sun goes down. You can see here how there’s evenly cast light from the street light, and then a bright light on the porch. The rest of the areas are pretty dark.
our lighting picks
One thing we knew we wanted from the beginning was solar lighting, mainly because they’re quick and easy (and free!) to install and operate. We knew this would limit our selection (there are SO many more hardwired options!) but we were able to find a few great products that added a big wow factor to our yard.
We placed one of these Portfolio Solar Spot Lights under each pillar of our porch and under the small tree to the left of the porch. The light they put out is surprisingly bright, and the price is super reasonable. All we had to do was remove a sticker and place the stake in the ground. It took about a minute to install each one!
We also got two of these Portfolio 90-Watt Flood Lights for under our large tree. It’s nice being able to place the solar panel a few feet away from the light. These cast a bigger light than the spotlights above and are brighter.
WHAT DIDN’T WORK for our project
We tried two other types of lights with less luck. This Portfolio Flood Light 3-pack was appealing because there is a long wire that connects each light to the next, and only one solar panel for all three. We were thinking it would be great for under our tree, where we’d need to stick the solar panel out a bit to get enough sun. We didn’t realize they were only 15 watts, so they just weren’t bright enough to do the trick for us.
We also also thought this Solar Rock might be fun… but similar to the 3-pack above, it just didn’t put off the light we were looking for.
Sometimes you have to test a product to see if it works. We were lucky that all of these were in stock at our Lowe’s, so even when we needed to make exchanges and returns, it was quick and easy.
Are you ready to see what it look like now??
Here she is! I really can’t believe the impact these little solar lights have on our yard.
We never realized what we were missing out on by not having landscape lighting.
All in all, we spent about $270 total on these lights and about 1 hour of install time. So, so happy with the results, especially for such a minimal investment of time and money. Next time we post this view, there will be a Christmas tree in the window – can’t wait!!