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Well as our gorgeous British summer is approaching, I wanted to make my garden pretty for when I am relaxing with my Pimms of an evening.
I have a hedge at the end of my garden, it is just a big hedge and not at all exciting but it does give us privacy. I wanted to make it look a bit more appealing and thought some little lights would look lovely, so off I went to search for some lights.
I needed solar powered as the hedge is right at the bottom of the garden, and I thought it would be fairly easy to find some on the high street but I was quite wrong.
I looked in several shops but they either didn't sell them, they were too big or too expensive, one shop had them for £29.99 which was a bit more than I wanted to pay.
So when I got home I looked on Amazon and saw these little beauties for just over £10.
As soon as they arrived I went out to jazz up my hedge, I was surprised at first as 50 lights sounds like loads but looking at them in real life it didn't seem that many. They do stretch about four meters but on my giant hedge they seemed a bit silly.
They were so easy to install, you literally place them where you want them and then place the solar panel either on a spike in the ground or there is a wall attachment if they are being placed high. There is about two meters wire from the end of the lights to the solar panel which I thought was really good.
I eagerly awaited sundown and all of a sudden my hedge lit up like a Christmas tree, the lights are amazingly bright. I was really surprised as my other solar lights in the ground looked dim in comparison.
I can't tell you how long they stay charged up as whenever I have gone to bed they are still shining brightly, so a minimum of five hours but could be more.
You can set the lights to twinkling if you wish just by a little switch on the solar panel but I prefer them static as does the dog next door lol.
I have to say these are the garden lights are brilliant, I ordered another set of 120 bulbs to really vajazzle my hedge and also another 50 bulbs set to go on this trellis I have, and it looks really nice. I am contemplating some more for around my decking but my husband thinks I am turning into Danny DeVito in Deck the halls.
My garden is looking lovely - We just need some sun now.
I bought two sets of these from Amazon a fortnight ago. A set of 50 lights cost me £10.95 with free postage and packaging. My garden is in two sections, I have patio doors leading out onto a large patio which overlooks our actual garden which is about 10 feet below and has to be accessed by steps. Because of this there is a fence running along the patio which is about 3 feet high. It looked pretty boring and after spending weeks making the garden look nicer I was looking for something to put along the fence to brighten it up, that's where these lights came in.
The come in a box similar to christmas lights. When you take them out from the box they look exactly like modern LED christmas lights.
The lights are free to run as they are solar powered, the bulbs are also guaranteed for life as they are very low energy.
When you remove the lights from the box and unwind them they are just short of 5 metres long. You also get an extra 2 metres of wiring so that you can position the lights where you like. The lights were easy to secure onto the fence I used little tacks, taking care not to damage the wire. As my lights were running along the fence I chose to secure the solar panel to the fence using a nail. The solar panel can be hung or it comes with a stake to stick in the ground. The lights have an on/off switch on the box there is also a setting to set them to stay static or to flash. The lights are spaced at good intervals I would say about 4 inches apart. There is a sensor in the solar panel that automatically switches the lights on as it gets dark.
As the weather of late has been a little cloudy and wet I wasn't expecting miracles the first night I had put them up. However as it started turning dark at around 7pm the lights pinged on and amazingly were really bright. I would say they are as bright as my mains operated christmas lights. I was very impressed as the day had been really overcast and dull. I leave the curtains open in my living room as we overlook a wood so I don't feel the need to shut them. I watched the lights twinkling away until about 3am (I'm a night owl) and then they did run out. A few days this week we have had some lovely sunshine and when they have been in direct sunlight they last even longer in the night. I have to say I am really thrilled with these lights. My back garden is really dark and they brighten it up no end! My 7 month old daughter who loves twinkly lights also loves watching them flicker away! I would definately buy these again in fact I have ordered more for two of my trees 5 out of 5 from me!
Lately I've been spending a bit of money on doing up our garden and buying various garden ornaments and features etc. but the one thing missing was some pretty lights! We have quite a few bushes and small trees in our garden and one in particular is right next to our front door and I really wanted to find some lights to light up this bush!
I wanted some sort of Fairy Light style string lights to go in the bush, but of course I needed to find some that were solar powered so that they would come on automatically at night time. I looked in places like Argos and Greenfingers.com and found that the kind I wanted were at least £20+ which I nearly did pay. But before going ahead with my purchase I thought it was worth having a look on Amazon.co.uk first to see if they had anything cheaper (they normally do!) That is how I came across the Solar Brite LED White Fairy Lights, they were cost me about £12.50 delivered which was a lot cheaper than I'd found elsewhere and I was also reassured by the description on Amazon which stated that these lights were great for trees and bushes, so I bought these ones.
I had expected these lights to be quite tricky to put nicely on my garden bush without them looking all over the place, but to me surprise I was able to wind these easily around the bush with no hastle. The solar power part has a spike attached to it so that it stand wells in soil and I have to say it is very secure and doesn't fall over at all. My next concern was whether or not these lights were going to be bright enough as my past experience with Solar Lights hasn't exactly been great, I've often found them to be very dim and some only worked for me half the time! But again I was delighted to see my garden bush lit up with very bright white lights as soon as night came (I can see why they are called Solar Brite) when the lights did come on though they were flashing like Christmas lights much to my embarrasment! So I got my partner to go outside and see if the settings could be changed to just steady lights instead of flashing and thank goodness with a click of a button they could and they looked lovely on the steady setting.
The lights had came with instructions which I'm sure would have told me about the different settings if I had bothered to read them (an annoying habbit of mine). Overall I am thrilled with my new garden lights and they have made such a difference to my garden already, they look so pretty at night and hey I can put them on the flashing setting when Christmas does come around!
They are so pretty in my garden x
Comes with sensors that automatically switch the lights on when it gets dark.