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Electronic Fireflies Light Up the Maker Faire

This weekend marks the fifth annual Maker Faire, where crafty geeks from all around venture to Silicon Valley to show off their handmade goods. One such person is Tom Padula, who crafted these enchanting electronic fireflies — that attach to your plant leaves — from tiny LED lights and solar-powered batteries. Each light is the size of a quarter, and turn on and off for about two hours before needing a new charge the next day. If you're in the area, Padula will be selling his creation at the Maker Faire for $10 each. Considering how much cash you'll save on batteries and electricity, it seems like a good deal for some unique ambiance, despite their tiny size.

With Summer coming up, it's likely that solar will play a big part in evening deck-side activities, and these lights are just one way to add some character to your outdoor space. Between great Ikea finds for your porch, and funky lawn ornaments, there are more and more ways to spruce up your yard with solar. Find out what other fun additions you can bring to your outdoor living areas after the break.

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