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Solar Stainless Steel Solar Garden Light
Member Name: jacb1983
Solar Stainless Steel Solar Garden Light
Advantages: Solar powered and eco-friendly. Free to run. Decent illumination. Automatic on/off. Attractive
Disadvantages: Relies on solar power - 3 or 4 very dull/dark days can take it's toll on the lights' brightness.
When we moved house last time, after spending a lot of time and effort making the garden nice, and installing patio doors so we could see more of it, my husband and I decided to invest in some outdoor garden lights which we could dot around the garden to make it more of a feature, and more attractive in general in the evenings, whether we were outside in the garden or in the house looking outside at it.
We wanted flexibility with the lights, so didn't want to have to have any wires or anything like that put in in order to run the lights. We wanted them to be as cheap as possible to run and also look nice, so when my husband found a set of these Stainless Steel Solar Garden Lights online, for just £15 for a set of 4, he decided to get a couple of sets of them. They were wire free, would cost nothing but free sunshine to power and looked simplistic but attractive, so we were happy with them.
Each solar powered light comes on top of a metal spike (approximately 20-25cm long), which can be driven into the ground to stand the lights upright, either alongside a path or in with the plants. We have dotted our lights around in the actual planting areas as it highlights the nicest plants and looks less formal than having them line the path, and the path is still illuminated by their white glow anyway, so that's fine for us. The lightbulb is housed in a glass container on top of the spike, and on top of this is a metal hood which contains the black solar energy cell, which powers up during the day to make the lights be able to work at night. The whole light, depending on how deep you push the spike in, is around 30cm off the ground, but you can push them in deeper if you want to. We have ours pushed in to different heights to create a more varied effect, but the maximum possible height is around 40cm.
The lights work by charging rechargable batteries by solar power during the day, so the batteries are full at night when the power is needed. The great thing about these solar powered lamps is that they switch on and off automatically when it gets light in the morning or dark at night. This is brilliant for us as we don't have to remember to turn them off / on at any point, it's all automated.
We've had these for nearly a year now and considering they've cost us nothing to run, we've found them excellent. During the Summer, when the sun is brighter and can charge the batteries of these LED lights more, the light is obviously a little brighter than in the depths of Winter, where at times we've found the light produced by these garden lights to be dimmer and shorter-lived. This is to be expected with solar lighting though considering this is the UK. All our lights, although in with the plants, are in nice sunlit areas in a South facing garden, so we've had no real problems with charging these lights. The AA rechargeable batteries are removable, so if you do want to make your garden brightly lit for something special after a string of dull days, you can always charge them yourselves indoors if you have a battery recharger, but of course that uses a bit of energy. To be honest we haven't bothered to do that, and our lights are still going strong, whilst looking attractive on their shiny metal poles with metal tops.
Overall, we've found these to be a great set of garden lights. They are completely hassle free and have provided lots of illumination in our garden, an area which we've enjoyed more because of these lights. Well recommended.
Summary: A great eco-friendly set of solar powered garden lights, best used in sunlit areas.