“ Type: Garden Lights „
~Tell me all about them!~
We had a small set of Micromark Mini Stick Lights that we purchased as a festive lighting system to site along the path way and light it up over the xmas period. The set we had came as a kit that included 20 of the mini stick lights and as they were made by Micromark we hoped they would be of a good quality. When we bought our set of lights the general idea was that we would use them every year for a few weeks over xmas and then remove them and put them into storage until the following year.
The pack that we purchased included 20 of the stick lights that were just 15 1/2 cms tall from top to tail, this didn't include the ground spikes which we had to site ready to take the lights and run them down the path. Each of the teeny stick lights had 3 small lights which gave off a very and I do mean very soft lighting effect when we switched the lights on. The light that was produced was not all that impressive and we were disappointed with how bright little light shone from our lights. Although they did look pretty in the darkness, they were in no way bright enough to light our way home they were just teeny little white twinkly sticks.
The lights were connected to each other via a short 21cm cable and even though this meant we had to place the lights close together the amount of light given off was minimal. The set worked by way of a transformer which was a 20 watt/ 24 volt indoor transformer that had to be plugged into the mains in order to power the lights. The kit was easy to set up and we had the option to use the ground spikes or not. We could have just placed the lights in plant pots and used them that way had we wanted to, they could even have been used indoors and sited in a pot or large vase where they probably would have looked nice.
In principle the Micromark Mini Stick Lights were a fantastic idea and we were rather excited when we purchased them. Once they were were all set up ready to go the lighting seat was no where near as good as we hoped it would be and they didn't last all that well at all. Although we took great care when packing them away after use, by the time we unpacked them for use the following year they were not working and no amount of encouraging them back into life was enough to get them working again. Perhaps they didn't appreciate being pulled up and packed away after being out in the cold.
~How do you rate them?~
To rate the Mini Stick Lights I need to take into account how they worked and how long they lasted. As they were in no way as bright as we hoped they do lose a star, they also looked rather cheap and flimsy when not switched on which again is another minus point. I feel that the lights ought to have lasted more than one season as they were treated with care and should have remained in good working order. All in all I feel a fair rating for the lights would be 3 stars. I cannot rate them higher as they did not perform as well as they ought to have done.
~How much do they cost?~
The lights can still be purchased and prices can range from £13.99 upwards towards £19.99.
Kit includes 20 white mini stick lights. 20W 24V indoor transformer. 20 optional ground spikes and 21cm cable between each light.