Creating a functional and stylish outdoor space can be so much fun. There are so many things to take into consideration when creating an outdoor entertaining area, a lounge area, a functional greenhouse area, and even creating a functional buildings for animals and even the “she shed”. There are so many options for out buildings and other exterior spaces but there is something that everyone needs to consider is lighting for safety, function and esthetics. That is why I want to talk about solar lighting for outdoors today.
As of late, we have been doing a lot to our outdoor spaces, creating places to relax and to play. But, we have also been creating a functional small farm in our backyard. We added goats last year as well as chickens. We have built our amazing chicken coop, as well as a super cute goat house. Just recently, we finished a small greenhouse in the garden.
Something we had to consider and think about was electrical when planning these buildings. While, running power to all the different buildings was a large task, I knew it was something that I needed to consider. I didn’t want to have to stalk out to the chicken coop at night with no lighting or option for light. I had to find a way to create functional lighting for my goat shed and also my chicken coop, but I also wanted something that was stylish AND something that was solar.
Solar lighting for outdoors that is stylish is very very hard to find! Believe me, I know. I have spent many hours scouring the internet looking for solar lighting that looks good!
I am sorry, but its a fact that solar lights are not the best looking lights. They often have weird designs, and just overall aren’t esthetically pleasing.
So, when you plan, design and build something that I feel is pretty great, like my chicken coop, slapping an ugly solar light on it was not happening. I needed something that went with the design of the building. Something stylish.
That is a big ask when it comes to solar lighting for the outdoors.
I do have to say, solar lights have come a very long way in the past couple of years, and I sure hope they get even better and more stylish soon. I think having solar lights that look pretty and are functional is so important to those of us who want both. And I was so very excited when I finally found a light that would work for my outer buildings not only functionally but stylish!
This light in the picture below is a solar light! Can you believe it?
We decided to use two on our chicken coop, one for the run and one for the actual coop. What is nice about this light fixture is that it turns on in the evening and automatically turns off in the morning. I am not sure how many hours of light they give, but I haven’t ever had to worry about it.
This light also gives tons of light! I was really surprised at how great the amount of light was, since most solar lights I have used in the past are quite low light emitting.
Over the past couple months I have had a ton of people asking about my chicken coop lights and cannot believe they are solar! So, I decided to round up all the stylish solar lights I could find, in hopes to make it easier for you to find one that works for your situation.
Whether or not you use the them on a back porch, a greenhouse, barn, or anywhere else, you can count on finding some stylish outdoor solar light options!
Check them all out below! I searched high and low for some really great outdoor solar lights.
The great thing about having automatic solar lights, like the ones I have on my chicken coop and goat barn is that I don’t have to worry about light and security when and if I am out near these buildings at night. They light the paths along with the buildings so I can feel safe when I am out there. This is a huge reassurance for me.
I hope that this collection is helpful to you too!