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No wires - No Hassle - Ideal for the occasional user.
Gardman Solar Powered Shed Light
Member Name: Randal
Gardman Solar Powered Shed Light
Advantages: Easy DIY install
Disadvantages: Battery charge may not last for frequest usage.
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.
Summary: Nice solar light for occasional use.
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