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I've got a shed at the bottom of the garden, which has always had an issue in that there was no power to the shed, and hence, no light. I could have run a power cable from the house down to it, but I would have needed an RCD, a long length of cable, then drill a hole through the wall, bury the cable in the ground etc. So when I came across this Solar Powered Shed Light, it looked to be exactly what I needed.
At only £4.99 from Amazon (plus £3.50 p&p), I thought it definitely worth a try. I've got a few solar lights around the garden, and once you work out how to place them to maximise the available day light to charge the batteries, any of these cheaper solar products can be really productive.
Out of the box, the light seems to be fairly well made. It is a strip type light with a diffuser outside protecting the fluorescent tube bulb, where any light from the bulb hits the diffuser, and the light then gets scattered around whatever area you are trying to light. The bulb is replaceable and the overall measurements of the light are 18 cm wide by 7 cm high. The light has a couple of rechargeable batteries which provide the power to the bulb, and the charge for these is provided by the weatherproof solar cell provided with the light.
Set-up is pretty straight forward. You mount the light inside the shed by hanging it on 2 of the screws supplied with the kit. The solar cell obviously needs to be mounted in a position outside the shed using the remaining 2 screws supplied, possibly on the roof of the shed where it can catch the maximum amount of day light. There is a 1.5 metre cable that runs between the solar cell and the light, so there is some flexibility in where you need to mount everything. There are also full instructions supplied to help you out if you really get stuck.
In use, this light is pretty good. In the past with my other solar products, I found that the levels of light given out would be very much dependant of how much charge the batteries had received from the solar cells, which in turn depended on how bright the day was. But in those cases, the garden lights would come on automatically and be on all night, so the batteries would gradually run down through the night.
With this shed light, in my case I only use it sporadically if we needed to get something from the shed. So it was a case of switch the light on, do whatever in the shed, and then switch the light off. So the batteries tended to stay fully charged and as a result, the light output was always crisp and bright, and the diffuser disperses that light around the shed very effectively. I think the most we've had it on for was probably about 20 minutes and we didn't really notice any dimming at all.
However, given my experience with other solar products, if you were intending to use this light frequently and rely on it on a regular basis, you may find that the batteries and the charging process may not be able to keep up.
In summary, for occasional use, this product is ideal and fit for purpose with plenty of light output. No need for wires and very simple to install and setup.
A 4 star recommendation from me.
We have a garden shed down the bottom of our garden which unfortunately has no electricity supply in it. Now we are getting darker evenings it does my head in when I need to go down there to get anything, as it's pitch black!
Whilst in Pound Stretchers, I noticed this solar powered shed light for just £6.99. For the money I thought it is well worth a try. Opening the box it seemed to be a fairly well made bit of kit for the small price paid. Its approx 18cm wide x 7cm tall so will fit into tight spaces where other fittings may struggle.
The light has a fluorescent tube in it, and a small weatherproof solar panel to mount outside the shed. Installation was very simple, just two screws to hold the light to the wall, and another two screws to secure the solar panel to the roof. The cable from the solar panel to the light is 1.5metres so it's more than long enough to reach up onto the roof or outer wall of any shed.
The light itself houses 2 x rechargeable AA type batteries. The idea is that the solar panel charges the batteries, and the batteries power the bulb. There is a simple pull cord for turning the light on and off.
I wasn't expecting this to be very good because of the cheap price tag, but its actually not that bad. The light is fairly bright considering its solar/battery powered, our shed is 8ft x 12ft and it does light up enough to be able to see what you are in there for. I have had the light on for around 30mins in one hit and it hasnt started to dim or flicker, so for most people rummaging in their sheds, this should stay on for long enough.
I am more than happy with this solar light, it does exactly as it says on the box and costs peanuts to buy. One major plus point is that it costs nothing to run!
Since buying in pound stretchers, I have since found the light on amazon for £4.99! Who would ever thought you could buy something in pound stretchers and find it cheaper elsewhere!
I've always meant to run power to my Hut and have a proper full time Electric source to it, but just haven't got round to it yet. I picked up 1 of these about 6 months ago and it does just the trick.
My Hut is quite large and since it has no window in it then it is dark inside. I do some things in there, mostly mechanic things and the place is crammed full of all my essentials. So about this light.
I picked this up on Amazon strangly enough. Wasn't even looking for a light at the time, but the £4.99 price tag convinced me that it was a good buy. It is still for sale on Amazon and I think also at the same price.
This is a Solar Light. It works off batteries, but also stores Solar Power as well. It is like a small strip light panel, and looks like the dooyoo picture. You just pull the cord to switch this on, and it is a bright white light, which gets a little bit brighter after being on for a couple of minutes.
This is easy to install and can be fixed quickly and easily onto a wall. It is quite lightweight as well and this provides a good amount of light which will allow you to see what you are doing in the pitch dark.
Recommended by me. It is a cheap and cheerful product that does exactly what it is meant to do.
At this time of year gardeners find they are working in the shed in the dark afternoons. With less daylight, I needed a light for the shed so I could see, and the Gardman solar light is perfect for my needs. The shed light has an exterior mounted weatherproof solar panel, so is ideal for outdoor use also, rechargable batteries store power from the solar panel ready for when you pull the cord and turn the light on. All fixings are supplied for use in sheds and greenhouses, and I found installation very simple indeed. With no need to worry about mains wiring, this light can be installed by any keen gardener!
The light emitted is a bright white fuorescent glow and a generous enough size to light the average garden shed. The Gardman solar light costs around £10 and whilst the weather is cold, you can now close the door to your shed and potter away without the need for natural light!
The simplicity of the light is ideal for my needs, and the cover simply pops off for replacement of the strip light. I have had no problems with the light, and because it was so simple to install I dont even notice it is there anymore. I would also recommend the light for hard to access areas. For example, if you dont have an understairs light then this product can be fitted simply withing moments for an instant lighting solution.