Landscape Lighting

This is probably the cheapest way to get started using solar power. You can install a single light in a strategic location and get a lot of effect. It takes five minutes and costs less than $10. You won’t get a jolt of electricity, and if the lights don’t illuminate an area exactly the way you had planned, you can move them around to your heart’s content.

One of my all-time favorite gizmos is a swimming pool light that changes colors. It floats on the surface and casts its light down into the pool so the

entire pool changes colors. The lights are fun to swim underneath, and kids love to play games with them. (A word of caution, though: Kids usually wind up breaking them.)

The same color-changing scheme is used to good effect in some decorative yard lights. They add just a hint of mystique to your yard and gently catch the eye. If you have a big picture window, put one of these outside it.

Updated: August 20, 2015 — 9:24 am