“ Brand: Homebase / Type: Garden Lights „
We had wanted some lighting in our garden for a long time as we love to sit out there of an evening. We did not have any way of using wired lighting though as there would be no where to plug it in and it would cost too much to have something wired in just for garden lights.
We went to Homebase the other week and saw these solar panel lights on sale at £2.99 each and thought we would buy a couple and see what they were like.
We have never had solar panel lights before so did not really know what to expect. The main part of the light is made from silver coloured plastic which looks a bit metallic. It has a long pointy stick which you push into the ground or where ever you want them placed. We have ours pushed into tubs along with some flowers. On top of the spikey bit you have the light part which looks like a white glassy thing with a silver roof to it and a black square bit on this that is the mini solar panel. You should arrange the lights so that the panelled bit is facing around the way the sun comes into your garden.
Once the lights are stuck in the ground or tub they feel quite sturdy and you can move them around if you want to. The good thing is that if they are not in the right place or you want them somewhere else you can just pick them out of the dirt and put them somewhere else. You can wipe the lights clean with a damp sponge or cloth if they get a bit dirty looking.
The lights draw in the energy during the day time once the sun is up and fill up the storage inside. We didn't put ours in first until the afternoon and it was not that sunny out but once the sun went down and it started to get a bit dark the lights started glowing. It was amazing seeing them come on for the first time lol. It is nice to know that once you have bought these lights you will not need to have to pay out for batteries or have wiring going round the garden.
These lights are not really bright enough to light the garden up enough for a bbq or anything like that but they are really handy if you need to go out in the garden after dark and want to see where you are going. We are pleased with them although we would like to get some next that show a bit more light but then it says these are soft glow lights so I wouldn't expect anything more than this.
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I've been living in my house for nearly two years now and finally decided back in April during the hot weather that it was time I did something with my back garden. Now when I say back garden I feel that wild jungle would have been a more fitting description judging from the fact that wild beasts could have been wondering around in the foot high grass and I wouldn't have had a clue! Despite my garden being about the size of two double mattresses it's never really enticed me to do anything with it but when my friends suggested we sit in the garden with a bottle of wine during the hot weather I felt the shame creeping up my face! I took myself off to Sainsbury's Homebase and set about turning my unruly and wild jungle into a beautiful garden!
One of the things that I've always admired in my parent's garden is their rather modern looking silver solar lights which provide a beautiful illuminating effect over the whole garden at night... and even better it doesn't cost a penny once you've bought the actual lights! They're not overly cheap to buy in general but their advantage is that you don't have to run any wiring to them or supply any electricity. As long as the location gets direct sunlight then the lights are able to generate and store their own power during the day which is then released at night. In a way they're like mini satellites as the science is the same, they store solar energy while on the sunny side of the planet and then use it later! So the premise of the solar garden lights is that they store energy during the day and then light up automatically at night... almost as if by magic!
Once you open the box you'll find the light which is encased by bits of cardboard to stop it becoming damaged and also a small information leaflet offering you basic information - to be honest it's all quite self explanatory. The Soft Glow Solar Garden Lights themselves are basically a silver stick (with a diameter of around two inches) with a thinner point at the bottom (to push into the ground to enable the light to stand upright) and on the other end of the stick is a circular box containing the actual component that lights up. This has a silver lid on the top with a black panel on which is what collects the energy during the day. They're 23cm to 34cm in height as the height can be adjusted easily, I chose to do this by simply pushing the base further into the ground to get a matching height between my lights but you can also retract the base upwards too. Overall I think these lights look really quite modern and smart as well.
Installing the lights could not be easier... the idea of installing any sort of light fills me with terror; I even struggle with changing a bulb and still can't understand how I've never been electrocuted while in my own house! However these are officially my favourite lights to install... mainly because the whole process takes about fifteen seconds in total. You simply need to decide where you want them and then push them firmly into the ground, I found you do need to push about two inches or more into the ground to ensure they don't wobble and are quite sturdy. Mine have withstood strong winds and remained standing so I really think it would take a hurricane to move these! However there is a downside to these lights which is that they can only be installed in soft ground such as soil or a flower pot, unfortunately you'd have a hard time trying to drill them down into concrete so you'd need to consider something else really!
I installed my lights on a really sunny day and eagerly waited to see if my garden would look like Blackpool illuminations come night fall! By about nine o clock at night the lights were starting to glow softly, just as it turned into dusk and the sun went down. By about ten o'clock the lights were fully up and running, they were quite bright considering I'd always imagined solar powered lights to provide quite dull light. This light continued until about two in the morning when they did start to fade slightly and by about three in the morning two of the lights were flashing on and off... I felt like I had a runway in my back garden and was waiting for a plane to set down on my two double bed mattresses! On a dull day these lights clearly don't have the opportunity to store as much light up during the day which means the light at night is much dimmer and they don't last for as long either. These lights feature a dawn sensor which means they are aware when the sun is coming up and therefore switch back to their energy storing mode, ready to store up energy for the following night. However I have found that my lights tend to be switched off by about three or four in the morning because they've run out of power anyway.
In terms of colours I selected the silver lights but they also come in black, personally I think the silver ones look a little more expensive as they've got that chrome effect rather than the shiny silver effect. The lights are currently priced at £2.99 each in Sainsbury's Homebase which is quite reasonable in terms of other options available - there were some further down the aisle for around £25 which to be honest didn't look that much different to my ones. There are many different varieties that you can buy, such as ones where you can control when the light comes on and off, but for the price I really couldn't fault these quite simple ones at all.
I selected three of them and I've had absolutely no problems, I've had them for nearly two months now and they're still burning brightly each night so I'm really pleased with them. Ideally it would be good if they stayed on all night and if they worked even when it hadn't been a sunny day but we can't have everything can we? They've been out in the rain and the wind and haven't rusted at all which was one of my initial worries but they still look as good as new. I'm not sure how long they'll last but I can't really see why they'd break and they do come with a twelve month guarantee from what I remember. So if you want to brighten up your garden (literally) this summer then you should certainly consider these lights for an affordable and bright option!
Thanks for reading.