Why These Solar Path Lights are Perfect for Dog Owners


Your four-legged friend isn’t just a house pet—they’re more like family. I mean, statistically, 76% of millennials prefer to have pets over babies, and more than half of that statistic consider their pet as their kids! 

As pet parents, you want to make sure that your pup is taken care of and kept safe. For dog owners specifically, there is one space that we have the least control over when it comes to their safety...Outside (cue scary music and a lightning flash for dramatic effect).  

Visibility in your yard, especially at night, is incredibly important to protect your pet from all kinds of dangers that you may not have considered.




Dangerous Outdoors 

One of the most valuable assets to have on your property when you’ve got a roaming rover is adequate lighting. Many people might opt for something clunky and expensive, like tall garden lamps or overhead lights, but I’m here to let you in on a little secret; you can get the same visibility at half the price by using Solar Path Lights instead.

These kinds of lights can help protect your pup from: 



Depending on where you live, your dog may encounter bears, skunks, porcupines, alligators, hornets, poisonous toads, cats, rabid animals, and coyotes. Because many of these critters are not deterred by a sturdy fence or other barricade, it is essential to keep an eye on your dog when they are outside, so you are prepared to quickly remove them from dangerous situations.  

In the dark, a porch light can only shine so far, and can sometimes even limit visibility depending on its position. Instead, if you position a handful of solar lights throughout the darker spots in your yard, you will gain a better sight line on your pup as they do their business. 




Your dog can encounter a wide variety of poisonous plants outdoors, such as almond, daffodil, Easter lily, hibiscus, hydrangea, lily of the valley, milkweed, mistletoe, morning glory, shamrock, and many more. 

In addition to these deadly plants, the friendly garden mulch or compost pile can contain dangerous molds, bacteria, or toxins, so it’s best to keep your dog away from it. For example, the once trendy cocoa bean mulch, like chocolate, can be toxic to dogs who are attracted to its flavor.  

Putting solar lights around your gardens and near the fence line can not only give you a line of sight in your dog, but also on the targeted area that you want them to avoid.  



Why Solar? 

Solar lighting is one of the cleanest and most efficient energy sources, since it comes directly from the sun. Solar landscape lighting typically has a friendlier cost than wired lighting, making it a more budget friendly option. Outdoor solar lights basically have access to free energy, and you can install them yourself. 

If you’re looking for something low maintenance, solar lighting is also the top choice, but keep in mind that many solar path lights come with batteries that will eventually need replacing . They aren’t expensive though, and with something high quality, you shouldn’t need to change them out too often.  

Solar lighting also tends to operate at a low voltage, posing minimal risks. There’s no wiring to trip over, and the chances of electrical mishaps are next to none. They’re especially great if you have a more curious dog running around. 


How to Set Up Your Solar Path Lights 

If you have a yard that your dog wanders at night, in-ground solar lights are one of the best options when it comes to visibility. Not only will keeping them in the ground prevent your pup from chewing on them, but the lights that lay flat against the ground are less of a tripping hazard.  

In contrast, if you have a dog that loves to dig up your fixtures, you may want to opt for solar string lights, or tree lights.  

Outdoor safety lighting should be a cooler color temperature. Cool bulbs give off a brighter, sharper light than warm bulbs do, which makes it easier for you to keep an eye on the dog as it roams around in the dark.  

For example, Sunco Lighting offers solar path lights that come in a 7K color temperature, which is on the coldest end of the residential lighting spectrum. Fun fact, this color temperature is named “diamond white” because of their brilliance. 




You’ll also want to find something durable, as these units will be outdoors. The path lights that I mentioned from Sunco are IP65 rated, meaning that they are weatherproof, ensuring that they hold up against mother nature. This is especially important when mother nature takes the form of a dog’s full bladder.  

Be sure to also set up your solar lights on steps, walkways, doors, and all other places where accidents commonly happen. Everyone, including your dog, should be able to see obstacles before they reach them, otherwise, they might end up getting hurt. Good quality LED bulbs are great for this job since they give off a nice, bright light. 


Why Solar Lights are The Definitive Choice  

As more people start considering pets more desirable than children, of course we want to keep them as safe as possible. Using solar path lights in a yard, garden, or property line is a great and inexpensive way to ensure that your pup isn’t wandering into danger, which can exist even on your property.  

Wild animals don’t care that you put a fence around your yard. If that pesky raccoon that likes to eat from your garbage wants to fight Fido for his favorite bathroom spot, it’s best to know that you (and your pet) can see him coming and avoid any unnecessary danger. Solar path lights are the perfect addition to any outdoor space for dog owners looking to provide safety and visibility. 

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