Let there be light!
July 27, 2014 5:06 PM Subscribe
We need a light source for our patio area... With some special snowflake requirements below.
posted by LaBellaStella to Home & Garden (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
We have a lovely small patio off our kitchen, that also borders our detached garage. We built a door/gate that connects the house and garage, which gives a nice bit of privacy from road traffic. The patio's other two sides are bordered by my kitchen garden and the driveway. The area feels like a sweet little open room and we love it. We do not like security lights (there was one attached to the TV tower, which fell over in a wind storm many years ago, to our delight). There is a "porch light" operated by a switch in the kitchen. What we have been doing for a couple of years is stringing cheap white Christmas lights along the edge of the garage roof over the patio, and around the side that borders the driveway. We stack firewood along the driveway side and the little white lights
Illuminate the area just enough to be useful without spotlighting in an annoying way. What we want is a nice ambiance and a gentle functional illumination. We originally spent some big bucks on heavy duty outdoor plastic encased rope lights. They looked great, and burned out in less than a year. Since then, it's been cheapo dollar store Christmas lights, which last a year to maybe 18 months. While it's not a major effort to replace a few strings at this interval, it would be nice to have something more long lasting in place. We have a dedicated outlet,so I'd prefer something we can just plug and string up. Oh, and we do leave these on 24/7, so cool bulbs are essential. Can it be done?? Is there a brand or type of light strings that will work in Ohio's widely varying weather? Or is there an "outside of the box" idea for lighting up our life?!