Solar Lights – Saving While Enhancing the Beauty of Your Home and Garden

So what are solar lights? They are basically lights that are being powered by the sun’s energy or solar energy. Not only are they quite great in decorating your house with it (may it be in your deck, porch, walkways, garden or terraces), they are also helpful when it comes to easing down your electric bills. It is known to be economical and it enhances the beauty of your house and even outdoors. This is best for those who are too conscious about their electric bills and ones who are concerned about safety. Did you know that these solar lights are known to be the best and safest type of lighting equipment? Whoever will install this; will not need to be afraid about the safety of their pets or children or themselves when it comes to wiring it up and getting it connected. Moreover it is basically easy and quick to install.

With every solar light bulb, it has its own solar collector pane or panel that converts the sunlight to energy, electrical energy that is. If there is a thing that you must bear in mind, it is that these types of lights perform on the amount of sunlight it received during day time. The more sunlight it gets, the better it will perform when used. These types of lights also do require a good and unobstructed amount of sunlight for it to be able to recharge its batteries. Said type of light is quite ideal for places that is still out of the reach of electric companies, or places which barely has access to electricity. However, solar lights are not that useful for all applications that we need for lighting. Basically it is ideal to accent the design of our indoors and outdoors, this is because these types of lights does not necessarily produces that much light compared to regular bulbs that are powered by electricity. But then again, if you do not have an access to any light at all, this is the best one for you.

Today’s lights are way better and superior to first batch of solar lights. Again, they are way efficient as they do not use electricity and they are powered by their solar rechargeable batteries (solar panels or cells). They may be quite expensive, but they are sure worth it. In addition, most solar lights now use the latest Light Emitting Diodes or LED as their main and only light source. This is of course, compared to the ordinary solar lights. As most LED powered lights are ever reliable. Also, they are now more popular today, most especially the white colored ones.

You can also easily find your own solar lights online. There are lots of vendors that are now selling through the internet. You can choose from their vast selection of solar powered lights. Whether you want to enhance your outdoors or indoors, or you want to save on your electric bills, or you simply want the benefits of having a light, then why not try solar lights now?

Home and Garden on a Budget – Free Shed Building Plans

The economy has barely been letting up lately, so for those of us who are money conscious (and who can afford not to be?) getting free plans for our projects is very helpful. So when the last project, a storage shed, reared it’s ugly head, I was left wondering what I could do about free or inexpensive plans to get my project a-moving.

Where money is concerned, my advice remains the same. RESEARCH, RESEARCH, RESEARCH! You’re never going to get the best deal on your plans if you don’t put in a bit of time and effort. After looking around a bit, the prices are pretty diverse too; ranging from free storage shed plans to professionally drafted plans costing hundreds… if not THOUSANDS of dollars. They get very costly, and honestly I personally can’t justify spending that much on a structure that’s sitting out of the way on the edge of my property. I barely even see it!

With that in mind, I began breaking it down. It seems that there are, in fact, a very few well reviewed sets of plans out there, that I could easily afford and not break the bank… and guess what? There are even some free ones out there! Eventually I settled on a blog “Free Shed Building Plans??” to help me locate what I needed.

I gave the free plans a try and they actually proved to be quite good. I ended up doing what the blogger suggested as well and tried out the paid plans. I actually found a set that I liked quite a bit in the package, and committed to that. I called up the local Lowes and had all of the materials delivered over.

Build time was actually shorter than material delivery time, between myself and a few friends. So far I’m very happy with the results.

Cool Accessories Make The Home And Garden Much More Pleasant

Many of us love our gardens to the point that we want to spend most of our time out there amongst nature. Bird houses and water fountains make the experience even better and it is to this end that some websites have all kinds of goodies on offer to make life that much more comfortable. Indeed, just a quick look through some of these sites really gives an idea of just how many bits and pieces can be used to improve our living spaces.

In the garden, furniture is about the one thing that some people make a mistake with. If the garden has a country flower feel to it, try putting in some rustic seating to enhance that feeling. If the garden is sparse and Zen like, rustic seating will look totally out-of- place for sure. Here, clean lined seating, with little fuss or decoration, is the order of the day and will surely make the place look very tranquil indeed.

Nooks and niches can also be created with winding paths, even if the garden is rather very small. By creating the winding look to the whole thing, people are fooled into thinking that they are walking further than they actually are. Seating arrangements can be placed in amongst the trees to allow for private trysts or meetings, with perhaps the odd place for a quiet read to take place too.

Further into the garden a flower arbor will look great, particularly if there is a swinging seat underneath. This lovely idea is great for those romantic evenings, when the kids are asleep, for the parents to just reconnect after a heavy day at work. Candle light here is a good idea since most people do not like the glare from electric lights when they want to relax.

Outside the living or dining room, many people put in some great decking to extend the room beyond the normal size. This also gives the impression that the room is larger than it looks and is great for those who do not want to go right into the garden for some peace.

Within the home, table water features are a good idea to bring peace and tranquility too. The tinkling of cool water over piles of artistically piled pebbles really sets off the decor and many people have more than one scattered about the place. These, added to some lovely wind chimes which make an equally peaceful sound, are the ideal way to ensure that some peace prevails.

Since most people these days love to make their homes a haven of peace, adding some cool accessories like this is probably the perfect way to ensure that the place looks and sounds wonderful. Scented candles too will give a lovely atmosphere and some even have calming effects too.

Finally, the home is that one place where we should be able to hide away from the world and be at peace. By adding some of these exciting accessories, we just make our ‘nest’ that much more comfortable to be in.

Mass Plants For Better Homes and Gardens

For a coffee table or for a narrow shelf, choose a small gem that asks and deserves to be looked at closely. Just as an attractive ashtray or a colorful pillow can be a tasteful, decorative accent, so can small plants. They can pick up room colors, provide interesting contrast of form, and add attention-getting detail. But just as it would be wrong to expect a small accessory to carry a big decorative role in the home, so it would be a mistake to hope for big impact from a single small plant.

But a grouping of plants, many small, or one or two big plants, can carry important roles in a decorating scheme. The mass effect of a handsome grouping of plants has universal appeal. Any one plant in the group may be beautiful in its own right, though possible to overlook if alone. But put several plants together in the right setting and you can’t possibly ignore their presence.

Of course, there’s more than one way to group plants. A well-chosen pair is often just what you need to give a room that special touch. An assortment of many flowering varieties gives the same pleasure as looking into a florist’s shop window. An all-foliage cluster, such as the one on the opposite page, is equally appealing.

Ideally, the area that you select for a dramatic display of plants should receive a good amount of natural light. If the day light’s inadequate, however, give preference to the setting that you have chosen and then consider what steps can be taken to reinforce natural light with artificial light. You can do this with ceiling spots, recessed light fixtures, or fluorescent tube lighting.

It is also feasible, if your plant group is not too large, to install it on a mobile cart, taking it by day to a window location, then returning it after sundown to the room placement that you prefer.

Since plants grown indoors vary considerably in amounts of light required to promote good growth, you’ll be wise to choose for a dramatic grouping – varieties that have similar light needs. If the available natural light is low, choose plants from the group that can easily tolerate low light. If, on the other hand, your best location offers medium to strong light, select all of your plants for that kind of light.

To help you select from the right group, turn to the section entitled ‘A Portfolio’ of Recommended House Plants/ in which plants are grouped according to the kind of light they need.

Another important resource is your florist or greenhouse man.Besides supplying you with facts concerning light needs,he can give you a great deal of added information on plant cultural requirements (soil, water,humidity, etc.). From years of experience in the field, he will know which plants are cinch-to-grow types, and which are not.

After checking on compatibility of cultural needs, you’ll want to seek contrasts of color,texture, and form within your group. Some of the greens vary from the palest chartreuse to almost black tones. Some plants have shiny foliage; others have a furry or velvety finish. There are also plants with big, pointed shaped leaves as well as rounded and pierced ones to choose from.

Get variety in size, too. Combine some tall and some short plants. Place taller ones toward the back; the shorter ones, forward. For a start, consider these combinations: a pot or two of small yellow chrysanthemums made to look still more flowery when backed by a good-sized dieffenbachia; or delicate ferns that take on the appearance of green lace if backed by the solid foliage of big-leaved philodendrons or rubber plants.