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Cute lights that survived a Texas summer and Hurricane Harvey! Still going strong.
December 3, 2017
Purchased this lights in March 2017 to add a bit of "ambiance" to my apartment balcony.
First off, with the generalities. This string of lights has 30 bulbs, spread out ~5" apart, with ~4.5' of cable from the main unit to the first bulb. By my math that's not quite 20', but I found this length of lights to be perfectly suited for my small ~4x8' balcony railing when hung/draped with zip ties. The main body (with the solar panel/controls) was also pretty easy to attach to railing with zip ties, too.
The lights are white, with a warm hue similar to your "standard" incandescent light bulb. (Not quite the yellow in the seller-provided photos). They have various settings including blinking, alternating, glowing modes to suit your mood--I prefer the regular 'all on' mode myself.
The lights can be left to turn on automatically when it gets dark, or you can choose to leave them off. Just know you can't turn them on if there's too much light out. Going to a dark closet works fine for testing these out of the box. The battery lasts a surprisingly long time, in my experience always staying on until the wee hours of of the night (3-4 am, though they are dim by that time.)
But here's the money for y'all still on the fence--these things are durable! From the day I have recieved these, they have been up--and have stayed up--on my balcony. They have been up through sweltering heat of a Houston summer, and the pounding rain and humidity of Hurricane Harvey--and still turn on faithfully every night.
As far as issues and problems are concerned, there are two.
1) Sometimes, I find that the lighting mode will have changed on its own from the 'solid' mode. It's easily fixed by just hitting the 'mode select' switch, and may just be related to my railing bumping against the buttons on the main unit. It's a little annoying to keep fixing, since there's no remote controls.
2) Through time, and after the aforementioned Texas Summer/Hurricane season, the solar panel on the main unit has developed a hazy appearance. It doesn't seem to affect the functionality of the lights (as they still turn on automatically and last through the night,) but it's not as pretty as before. It doesn't bother me since the panel faces away from me and I never see it.
Overall, this is a cute little string of waterproof lights that turns on automatically at night, that are prefect for adding a bit of ambiance to any balcony or outdoor setting. Yeah, the panel will get kind of hazy after being outside, and yeah, you'll need to change it back to your preferred setting every once in a while. But compared to the fact that these things lived through a HURRICANE... For 8 bucks, what more could you want?