The patio is one of the great lifestyle features of any home. This is where the family can relax, where friends can be entertained, just a great place to put your feet up and enjoy a lazy summer’s day. At night, particularly in the warm weather, it's the entertaining area for parties and those fabulous alfresco dinners. Solar patio lights are becoming extremely popular, and for very good reasons.
Everybody has their own tastes regarding external lighting, and a large area like a patio really does involve making a few decisions about how you want the area to be lit. Most people don't like really garish lights, and let's face it, nobody likes the power bills much, either.
Good lighting also involves design, and as most people know only too well, working with wiring for external areas is very much an acquired taste. Few homeowners are overjoyed with the idea of putting live electrical fittings in areas where they might get wet or need servicing.
There’s a further complication in the fact that external lighting can be quite difficult to install in some places. Installation can involve quite literally taking apart parts of the house, which is both expensive and in some cases more trouble than it's worth. There's only so much the average human being is prepared to do to install a light globe. (from designstyleguide.blogspot.com)