Regarding those solar powered small lamps that are useful for outlining a
HD and Lowe's has them from several mfg's; usually in packs of 6 or 8 for
$ 30 or so.
Do they really work ?
After a summer day soaking up sunlight, will they illuminate all evening ?
Reasonably bright ?
Live in New England.
What happens in the winter with considerably less sunlight ?
How do they actually work ?
Just by using a solar cell to charge a capacitor, or... ?
Yes, though the batties they require are lithium so cost a bit more.
replace them annually.
Depends on what you need. They normally last til sunlight comes back but
dimmer come early morning. They are enough to see the driveway and walk
along a sidewalk. This isnt a main streetlight level light, but a dimmer
addition for safety.
For 30$ for 8 of them, we find them useful.
Here, with fewer leaves to block the light, they work a bit better.
They charge a little battery inside that you get. AA cell type, lithium if
i recall. Once one goes dead (doesnt light at night) first put it in full
light for a day and see if it lights that night, and if not, replace
I got a set almost 2 years ago. All still work fine though most have had a
Lithium? They are Ni-Cads or NIMH.
Construction is cheap but they do work as far as
outlining the drive. Light output is about out half
that of a candle. Full recharge can occur in one sunny
day and they can stay lit as long as 15 hours
Ah yes, thank you. I mis-remembered. I don't have to change them out that
often so when I do, I just look at them and get more of same type.
Thats what we find. I like that we can just pull them out when cutting
grass, trimming etc, then put'em back in. I'd say I get about equal to a
candle in early evening? Enough to line a driveway and make a little light
at the side of the house where the garbage cans are. By morning, they arent
I agree with the others that 'you get what you pay for'. If you are
expecting a great deal of light and a metal post, these arent it. For 30$,
we got 1 dozen lights. I believe 2 have broken since?
I bought some of them two years ago and a) the solar cells are already
hazed over b) they're all at cockeyed angles. the stakes are made of
plastic that is softer than the ground in my yard.
it's a great idea, but the quality isn't there
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
I don't have a set, but a friend does. Unless you suffer from night
blindness, they do provide enough light to illuminate a path.
And of course, 20% of the lights have already crapped out after about
a year of operation.
Yes. Low quality and the batteries not being the best and also likely
fully discharged each night don't seem to last long; especially in
Northern climates with shorter days during winter. Also Low
temperatures reduce battery capacity.
They really don't give much more than the ambient light at night and
for anything other than a little foot-way or path marker, really don't
see the point. My son in law had package of three (or maybe six)
little over year ago and at least two are now non-operational. The
little short plastic spike that many have is useless, frost just
pushes them out of the ground and/or they fall over. Pretty much of
Same thing that happens in bright light and long days. Nothing
I have a set of them. To get the best bang for the buck, get your $30 in $1
bills. Tack the bill on a stick and burn them. You'll not only get more
light, they will last longer than the solar lights.
I may put in a set of the low voltage lights. Brighter and they actually
True, however there are many junk LV landscape lights on the market and
relatively few quality LV landscape lights. For the line voltage
landscape lights there are few junk units and many quality units on the
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