Outdoor events at night are no fun if you can't see anything. Even if you are quite familiar with your backyard, it can be unsettling to sit alone in complete darkness. This problem is quite common probably due to the lack of outdoor light fixtures that home builders install in homes. The most they do is installing a single light next the patio door. This means that people can only enjoy the areas of the yard closest to this inadequate light source. The good news is that you can take matters into your own hands and install some extra lights. This is not at all difficult especially if you use a product called patio umbrella lights.
Patio umbrella lights are a form of light fixture that attaches to your outdoor umbrella shade. If you have an umbrella in your yard, chances are a light can be attached to it. Umbrellas are the ideal place to put a light because they sit at a high elevation when compared to the rest of your outdoor furniture. Light shines down directly on the areas you need it most- your outdoor furniture. Sitting at a patio table eating a meal becomes possible when these light systems are used. The best part is that they are very easy to install and require minimal maintenance.
String lights, a common form of light used in holiday decorations, come in versions that have been modified for umbrella use. These light strings mount in the most effective part of the umbrella- the underside. On each canopy support bar, a string light is clipped into place. Some models hug the umbrella tightly, while others dangle down. After they have been firmly secures, the ends with the plugs connect to a power terminal which plugs into the wall. If you want to do away with messy cords, consider buying a solar powered model instead. These versions use a solar module which clips onto the top of the umbrella. Power is collected from sunlight and stored in a rechargeable pack. A sensor turns the string lights on automatically at night.
Another option is to use an umbrella disc light. These systems pack a bunch of LED lights into a single module which mounts to the pole. At this center vantage point, the light projects light down onto the area below. They are usually powered by rechargeable batteries which last about 30-40 hours before needing a recharge.