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Okay, first you have to know what you are buying. If you are looking for lights that replace common light bulbs, this will not be for you. If you are looking for path lights that are actually bright for path lights, these will please you. The other reviews are not really fair to the product. It's like saying my scooter can't tow my boat and then giving the scooter a rating of 1 star.
These are solar lights for less than $2 a piece. You couldn't buy the solar cell, battery and LED's for that, let alone put together. That is a amazing.
The kit comes with everything you need. They even come with 16 holders so you can double their height if you wish. I might suggest that the first time you use them, throw the batteries into a nicad charger. That way you can really see how well they work and give them a fair review on how well they charge over an entire day of sunlight.
I'm glad I bought these.
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Initial post: Dec 30, 2010 5:36:56 PM PST
S. Suarez says:
Thanks. I am purchasing these on strength of your review.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 31, 2010 5:18:12 AM PST
Good Luck. I have 5 different types of solar garden lights and those are still doing well. If you are handy with a soldering iron, you can replace the white led with a colored one. They look pretty cool. Blue and Green work the best.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2013 5:25:56 PM PDT
are they still working and how many batteries do they need ???
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2013 11:37:17 AM PDT
They will always need batteries. NiCads will give you 500 charges without too much issue so you can do the math on daily drain and recharge.
Frankly, the plastic started to became brittle before the batteries died. Only the ones not in direct sun all day survived a third year.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2013 2:41:35 PM PDT
Thank you this gives me an idea , I have a clear enamel coat that holds up to 90 degree temperature used in car engines being that i'm in Florida that sun will hit , thank you , with the battery info and that they have lasted 3 years, I got them thanks to your great reviews.
They come with Batteries and I have everything rechargeable can't beat the price.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 21, 2013 2:44:25 PM PDT
The enamel needs to stop UV rays. That's what destroys the plastic. They do make UV blocking clear spray, but it's not the cheapest thing.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 22, 2013 11:49:39 AM PDT
yes it is anti UV rays, and the nicad batteries are those the ones it includes batteries it says , so it must charge with the sun?
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 5, 2014 7:36:31 PM PDT
CostCo actually sells rechargeable solar batteries for these things, in a pack of at least 10 or so. I recommend getting those. You can actually charge them with a regular wall charger and I'm using the Sanyo Eneloop charger and happy with the way things are working. I think I'll try these out! Thanks for the informative review.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2014 5:40:04 AM PDT
it's ok they lasted a little over a year the inside where the battery goes rusted I threw them out got 3 left and those are going the HOT FLORIDA SUMMER was not good for these I'm going to Wal mart I have two for 5 bucks each and i never have add batteries they last thru rain sun, heat. storms parties and always light up
these were a free with the application credit so no problem garbage they re gave them a shot. some things you just can't order by mail Done
Posted on Dec 21, 2014 12:25:08 PM PST
Kathryn Bierman says:
It seems that a lot of the complaints are because the lights are made out of plastic. I'm ordering these, taking them apart, and attaching the solar panel/light to the underside of French canning jars (the plastic stuff just gets tossed). I'll let you know how it goes, but it sure sounds like fun!