Solar Garden lights ?

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  1. Charlie

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    Gaffer wants a couple of those solar garden lights. There are no lights here at all ! No street lights and no neighbours close by which we both really love but hell is it dark at night ! [​IMG]

    There are loads on Ebay and Amazon but I don't want to by cheap junk so wondered if anyone has any they can recommend ? Only want a couple on the fence posts and one or two in the lawns so don't mind spending proper money for proper kit . I cant make head nor tail of the power battery numbers on the few who even supply them,

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    Haven't found a good one yet Charlie.
    Varying price for the same chinese dross in different shapes.
     
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    Buy some 12v led trailer marker lights in white,
    Wire them up to a 12v plug, transformer which many homes have from redundant computer etc equipment.
    Switch on when required.
    I have them wired up along my fence in the rear garden, brill, in both ways.
     
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  4. Charlie

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    Thanks.. Prefer just to pop a couple on the fence and a couple in the lawn and be done with it...
     
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    In my experience , solar lights are rubbish.

    They give off no real light and soon pack up altogether.

    The only one I have which is good is a motion detector spot light at the end of my garden which is quite bright, but that's only because it doesn't come on very often.
     
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    Think I have to agree the only way is to renew them as they fail which they usually do in the end and strangely it does not seem to make any difference how much you pay not much in it.
     
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    My advice would be to go with cheap ones and just change as necessary. You can pick up any shape etc and colour changing ones which are very relaxing. £2.99 each will normally last a couple of years from our experience.
     
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    Same as Carol buy cheap and replace once a year. I bought some expensive solar lights and they didn't last as long as the cheap ones.
     
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    I 've bought cheap ones in the past, lasted a year. My neighbour bought more expensive ones from a garden centre and they're still bright after 2 years at least.
    I replaced my cheapie a with dearer ones from local garden centre so I'll have to see how long they last --- looking pretty at the moment as they're the colour changing ones.
    I can't see what would make them vary as all made in China :(
     
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    Mostly the cheap solar lights are ok-use them until they don't work & replace-usually effective for about 12 months.
    I did find some, string of lights, with a separate panel, they are still going at 2 yrs old, got from a garden centre but can't remember what the makers name was & as we are in France & the lights are in UK......! The other way to go, string of lights again, you can get some that are battery-not solar-operated, they come on for 6 hrs off for 18(I think) on again for 6 hrs & so on.
     
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    most of those ive seen have a 40mm sq panel which just about powers a single led via a couple of aaa batteries ok for decoration but useless as a source of light
     
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    Would it work with string lights up the guy ropes connected to a small car battery with a small solar panel, ie 20 watts.
     
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    Following the advice I picked up some cheap ones in Home Bargains. I go in there to pick up the huge amounts of bird food we put out in our gardens as we both love to see the birds coming into the garden. They were less than 3 quid each and the boss loves them ! Just a subtle light and though these things are not my bag they do give a nice effect...

    Thanks all !
     
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    Charlie sounds like you have both settled in to your new home well! That's great after all the trauma . Enjoy!
     
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    Thank you ! I cannot find the words to tell you how happy we are ! We are right out in the sticks and it's so quiet ! Ok there is much work to do but that's what I do anyway buildings. I can't imagine what it would all cost if we had to employ someone to do it all but all we have is the materials and the specialist services like gas ( LPG) and plumbing and electrical which I won't touch. We both feel instantly at home. Again it's not possible to put into words how one can feel comfortable . At ease. And we'll just plain right if you know what I mean. (y)(y)
     
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    Hi Charlie
    Not solar but it is led:) related

    For years my back yard has been lit with a ' sonopac' sodium 70w flood on a dusk to dawn switch

    Just replaced it with a warm white led flood light , 20w, from screwfix, fantastic
    Wouldn't go back to the yellow sodium and it runs at a 1/3 of price.

    Enough light to walk around, but not too bright(y)
     
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    We've had a string of solar fairy lights around the pizza oven for a few years now. They packed in after about 18 months so I took the panel apart and replaced the battery. It's AA size but 3.2 volts not the usual 1.2 volts, cost 3 or 4 quid off ebay and has lasted almost 4 years and is due replacement again now as only the green leds light up (lowest voltage drain I think)
     
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    I don't know whether it's of any interest (to you or anyone else with sodium lighting) but the sodium tube can be replaced with a metal halide tube of the same wattage, uses the same control gear, but gives off a white light.
     
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    hi tony, thanks for the info:)
    when ever I looked at metal halide they were always a lot more money
    I have replaced the sodium floodlight with this http://www.screwfix.com/p/luceco-led-slim-floodlight-20w-white/5989k

    I had no great expectations, but WOW, it is better than the sonpac and at 20w vs 70w!
    Gently lights a 100' garden with warm white and then some, for the application , very pleased
     
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