DIY Home Improvement, Remodeling & Repair Forum > DIY Home Improvement > Electrical and Wiring > Solar lights for landscaping




Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-15-2009, 11:56 AM  
AU_Prospector
Senior Member
registry_dropdown_5374_26858
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 106
Default Solar lights for landscaping

Hello,

I am having a hard time with solar lights. Has anyone come across a ratings listing of products or a ratings website?

What I am interested in is the intensity of the light produced. If there were a common system of either lumens or apparent wattage that would be great. If I look at a package of solar lights, I see neither.

What I want is some solar lights to illuminate a walkway in front of my home. Most solar lights appear very dim and wouldnt illuminate the walkway suffeciently in my opinion. Low voltage would be okay, but free solar power is better. Anyone recommend a ratings website or a specific manufacturer that produces good bright LED solar? Im thinking 9 or more LEDs per light rather than the standard 3 or 4.

Thanks for any help
Prospector


AU_Prospector is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2009, 01:07 PM  
bacon
Junior Member
registry_dropdown_12161_26864
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 7
Default

I've owned 2 different sets of solar lights.

Conclusion: I will not own a third set. Ever.

Maybe one day the technology will improve, but as of last year, solar lighting is pretty much crap. Just my opinion of course.


bacon is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-15-2009, 08:38 PM  
JoeD
Contractor
registry_dropdown_728_26883
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Welland, Ontario
Posts: 1,077
Liked 130 Times on 106 Posts
Likes Given: 4

Default

3-4 LED per light? The ones I have are only 1 LED. I guess they are the real cheap ones.
JoeD is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2009, 07:45 AM  
JALEXED2
Junior Member
registry_dropdown_15509_32832
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Posts: 20
Default

The solar lights seem to dim over time. My neighbors lasted about 3 years (maybe). Now they barely illuminate anything so seriously consider a low voltage system if you feel you need this lighting.
JALEXED2 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 08-01-2009, 04:08 PM  
slownsteady
Supporting Member
HRT_SUPPORTER.png
 
slownsteady's Avatar
registry_dropdown_14946_32842
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Newton, NJ
Posts: 2,371
Liked 376 Times on 306 Posts
Likes Given: 584

Default

If you want area lighting, forget solar. But if you want enough light for a path or walkway, solar can be fine. Of course you could add as many solar lights as you need, spacing them closer together. The technology for consumer brand solar lighting is weak. The batteries need to be replaced periodically, they can only be charged so many times. And I am pretty sure the solar panels age out eventually, making the fixture useless. Of course, the more we buy, the more competitive the manufacturers will become.....



Last edited by slownsteady; 08-02-2009 at 02:17 PM. Reason: changed a word for clarity
slownsteady is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter DIY Home Repair Forum Replies Last Post
lower heat loss recessed lights. coach606 Electrical and Wiring 9 11-28-2012 02:42 PM
Wiring Pot Lights McNab Electrical and Wiring 1 11-17-2008 04:34 PM
Recessed Lights... Jordi88 Electrical and Wiring 12 01-31-2008 07:44 PM
solar powered motion-sensor outdoor light todd_k Electrical and Wiring 3 01-19-2007 03:13 PM

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS