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My mother in law went through a spate of buying us a variety of solar powered lights when we moved into our house a few years ago. One of the many varieties we have placed around our garden were the Gardman range of colour changing lights. I thought these were a really good idea when we first received them, much prettier than just your normal solar powered lights.
The design of the lights are quite slim and classic in appearance. They look a lot different from the average shape of solar light you can buy in many retailers.
Each light is just under half a metre in height, and they come with the solar powered panel on the top of the clear tube that acts as the stand. Whilst the tube is clear when the lights aren't on, there is a pretty bubbled effect running through the plastic.
The solar powered panel itself isnt too big for the thin tube and looks consistent with the design. I was wondering if this meant that the power would be reduced as the surface layer isn't as large as I would like.
Inside the solar panel, there is a rechargeable battery which obviously charges with the sun. You have the option to turn the lights on or off when it comes to dusk time in the garden. We have learnt that to gain maximum effect from each light, the trick is to leave the lights off during the day and then turn them on when the light starts to fade and then your garden will come alight in a range of coloured glows.
The effect of the lights when they have been sitting in bright sunshine for at least eight hours is lovely. The lights glow quite bright in their own right, and they stay lit all night literally.
Each individual colour of the lights stay on the primary standard shades of each colour in terms of green, red, blue etc. I think this works better for solar lights if you're choosing colours over clear lights.
To care for the lights, it's better if you remove them from the garden in the winter and rainy months as this will help prolong their lives.
We learnt the hard way with a couple of the lights we received. Their stakes on the base of the light is quite thin plastic, and when we tried to pierce some solid ground, we managed to snap one. Poor light had to sit in the garden propped up in a large flower pot.
Generally the lights are well made and quite strong for what you are buying. When you think about the fact that it's mainly plastic and not suitable for damp conditions, then these are hardy and last well.
We learnt that these lights came in a set of two and cost in the region of ten pounds per set. I think this is quite a high price to pay for just two lights, and not sure I would actually buy them myself. They are however a lovely present to receive.
No wiring required, rechargeable batteries are included. Will operate up to 8 hours a night if fully charged.