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~~*~~LANTERN SOLAR STRING LIGHTS~~*~~ The Lantern string lights are my latest purchase of solar lights for my garden. This set of lights was bought several weeks ago whilst I was out shopping with my husband at Romford's Brewery shopping centre. We went into The Range store with the intention of buying yet more items for our both our home our garden. I like The Range store; it is really is my sort of shop as I like to find variety under one roof. In this store one can find items such as pet supplies, arts and crafts, camping goods, items for the home as well as garden items, and all wares are set out nicely. On this occasion I had bought several items, in fact more than I had intended. This isn't unusual. When I told my husband that I wanted to go to the upstairs floor, reminding him that I still wanted to look for garden lights, he asked why and so I reminded him that I wanted another set of stringed garden lights. My husband exclaimed, "No! Surely we have enough lights?" To this I replied that we had agreed to buy a few more lights because one side of the garden still remained considerably darker than the other side. We had spoken of wanting to even things up just a little. Hubby had by now become weary of shopping and so sulked a bit, and wasn't very helpful at all. But I went ahead, up the escalators to the top floor and soon found the garden lights. There were a few sets to choose from but I decided on a set of small solar lantern lights. I was pleased to see this particular set of lights on the shelf. I already have a set of existing solar lantern lights in place on one side of my garden from last year. These were purchased from Poundstretcher. The older lanterns still look good, and have lasted well (they have been left out in the garden over the winter and experienced some bad weather) although they don't give off a great deal of light. In my opinion the lantern lights do look an attractive garden feature, managing to look good in the daytime when they aren't alight, as well as at night when they look at their best. I hadn't been able to find any more of these from Poundstretcher but had still been keeping a look out for lantern type lights which I have always liked. I thought the lights in The Range would be comparable with the existing set already installed in my garden. ~~*~~DETAILS~~*~~ There are ten stringed miniature black lantern lights. The lights are LED They are solar powered The string/wire is 3.8m in length The lights have one power pack/solar panel which need to be placed in the ground or on a suitable site in the garden where it will be able to catch the most sunlight or at least daylight to recharge the battery and make the lights glow when dusk arrives. A rechargeable battery is included and this fits into the small solar panel. This battery is an AA NI-MH 1.2V/400MAH. They are priced at £7.99 and available from The Range's Outdoor Living Collection. ~~*~~ASSEMBLING/FITTING~~*~~ These lights are a little on the fiddly side when fixing together. The small light bulbs are attached to the wire but the plastic lantern part has to be clicked together and then fixed onto the wire/string. I found it very difficult to snap the lanterns together and, in fact so did my husband, but eventually he got there. Once the lanterns are fixed onto the string lights can be very quickly and easily fitted in their intended position such as on a fence, around a window, on a summerhouse, gazebo or shed, in fact any spot which could do with brightening up or just needs the addition of some lights to make it prettier. We chose to wind these lantern lights on to plants and shrubs along one border of the garden. Ten small lanterns don't really stretch that far when intertwined through plants but, added to the existing lights, I feel they have had the desired effect. ~~*~~MY THOUGHTS~~*~~ My husband has been working hard in the garden for the last few months. I think once the kitchen was completed he wanted to be able to walk out from this room and into a pleasant garden so felt the need for improvements. His hard work in the garden was of his own accord and not me being in bossy mode! He had cut back much overgrown shrubs, ivy and small tree branches on this side of the garden meaning that, once this was done, the intended location for the lights was much clearer with room for lights which could be seen from the house windows and the patio rather than just when looking directly at them when close to them. He did a good job, I think, as that side of the garden now looks much better. Now that we have added new crystal colour changing lights as well as these new stringed lights, along with the addition of some new colourful plants this border is improved. Plants and lights can now be seen much easier. With the cutting back of branches and foliage, the lantern lights can glow brightly and all can be seen up against the plants on which they nestle. The garden, even in the evening, looks much brighter and so has become altogether more inviting. I am very pleased with these lights and consider them to be a better purchase than the older lantern lights which were purchased from Poundstretcher. This is because they are considerably brighter and they manage to give off a better effect when all ten lanterns are shining brightly. In fact they are better than expected which is always a good result.