My wife and I recently moved into a new house in the fall. Even though we are renting, it is our very first house. We had been high-rise condo living up until then and were getting sick of taking 5 flights of stairs every time we had to take the dogs out.
One of the best features of our new home is the backyard. It is a nice sized yard which is great for our dogs and has a large brick patio. The patio has a fantastic view of Tabletop Mountain in Golden, CO.
Needless to say, I saw myself spending a lot of time on that patio. I knew I would need some lighting for those late nights taken in the sunset with a low ball of whiskey.
What I Wanted in my Patio Lights
I wasn’t going to be too picky when it comes to lights on my patio but I had a few things I wanted.
1st – I wanted something that was going to be easy to set-up. No hanging from a ladder trying to string lights across a huge patio. No having to install a pole or drive a hook into my home to hang lights from. Just something nice and easy to install.
2nd – I didn’t want to spend a fortune. I didn’t want it to look cheesy with cheap Christmas lights hanging from everywhere but also didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on industrial grade string lighting like restaurants use.
3rd – I didn’t want to have to deal with having to plug things in and out all the time. I wanted them to turn on at dark and turn off in the morning with either a sensor or timer.
I know you are thinking “So, basically a cheap and lazy way of doing outdoor lighting?” Basically, but I like to say affordable and convenient… has a nicer ring to it.
Boomile Outdoor Solar Lights
My first attempt was with a product I found on Amazon from a company called Boomile. They were your basic pathway lights with a little solar panel on the top that was also an ambient light sensor that would switch the lights on and off. They had good reviews so I decided to give them a try.
These lights were… well… OK. They worked as they should but the amount of light they emitted had my pulling out my flashlight on my phone to light the path. Perhaps if you bought enough of these they could do the job but I didn’t want to invest in anymore. I knew I had to upgrade to a bigger light(s).
So the search continued.
Espier Solar Outdoor Lights
Deep into my search for patio lights I came across the Espier Solar Outdoor Lights that resembled a candle flickering. It had awesome reviews so I thought “what the heck, I’ll give it a try.”
The first one came in a tiny white box with no branding on it at all. My first thought was these things are shady and probably won’t even work. I pulled out the light and was surprised by the quality and how light they were.
Pressed the one button on the device to “on” and set it outside. There was only about 2 hours of daylight left so I wasn’t expecting much.
After dinner, I went out to check on the light and… lo and behold… the light was shining like Christmas morning and the candle effect was dancing like Kevin Bacon. I was so impressed, I went on Amazon and bought 4 more with 4 shepherds poles that night.
So, now I have 5 of these lights set up around my patio. 4 for them hang on shepherds poles and one is velcroed to the middle of our patio table. I couldn’t be more happy with these solar lights. They are so easy to set-up. One click to the “on” position and they do their own thing. They turn on at dusk and shut off at dawn.
I installed these 2 months ago and haven’t touched them since. You can see in the video, they give off a good amount of light but the ambiance is what I really love.
For the money, I don’t think you can do much better. Oh, and as for those Boomile lights, I put them in the front yard around the path to our front door. Hope no one trips!