Manufacturer Sale on Selected Better Solar Shed Lights, Solar Lamps

save_on_better_outdoor_solar_lightsYes, the primary purpose of our blog is to provide information and answer questions about outdoor solar lights and landscape products.

From time to time we do share info when our store (SolarFlairLighting.com) has special sales and this one is a rare chance to get some high quality solar lamps and shed lights at great prices, with free shipping.

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What Makes Solar Lamps Truly Bright?

One Lamp Cast Light, One Has a Halo
One Lamp Casts Light, One Has a Halo

At the home center the other day, it wasn’t surprising that there were far more solar lights available than last year, and certainly more than three or four years ago.

It also wasn’t surprising that most of the lights weren’t particularly well made and very few were all that bright.

The most disappointing (and the most expensive) were solar lamps and lamp posts produced by traditional light manufacturers. The selection and quality of light just wasn’t there.  Find out why! Continue reading

Spring May Mean Battery Changes for Solar Lights

New Batteries: Often a Quick Fix for Solar Lights
New Batteries: Often a Quick Fix for Solar Lights

Whether your solar lights remained outdoors during the winter or whether you’re adding stored ones back to your landscape, odds are that some of the lights won’t be working properly.

The good news: most solar lights will work as good as new with new rechargeable batteries.

The bad news: if you use the wrong type or size battery, you may well permanently damage the fixture and void any warranties.

Here’s some important things to note about solar lights and batteries, including when to tell the solar light has outlived its usefulness and replacement batteries are a waste of time and money.
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Two Common Adjustments for Solar Lights in Spring

Spring Tips for Solar Lights with Motion Sensors and/or Adjustable Panels
Spring Tips for Solar Lights with Motion Sensors and/or Adjustable Panels

Many solar lights, particularly spotlights and flood lights, need two adjustments each time the seasons change so that you get the brightest and longest lasting illumination each night.

The first change is to adjust the solar panels so that they get the most sun.

The second common adjustment is for solar lights that have PIR motion detectors.

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Reasons to Recycle Other than the Environment

Recycling Happens...One Way or The Other

Recycling Happens…One Way or the Other!

We’re working on a post about household hazardous materials (because April or May is when most counties or municipalities that have regular household haz-mat capabilities have special collections.

Household Haz-Mat disposal is completely different and far more important than regular recycling. We know that a lot of people don’t recycle, though few will admit). Okay: I admit I don’t always recycle for a variety or reasons including laziness or I’m in a rush.

I also know that if I don’t put my recyclables into a separate bin, somebody else is going to sort through my trash. And not just because the lack of a recycle bin targets my garbage cans for dumpster divers, most of looking for deposit bottles but that they could also find things that are private. So, if you think recycling is a nuisance, here are some things to consider.

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Lithium Ion Batteries ARE Safe, Just Not in Cargo Holds

Lithium Ion Batteries are Commonly Used and Inherently Very Safet

Lithium Ion Batteries are Commonly Used and Inherently Very Safe

Due to recent events in the news and a call from a customer, we want to reiterate that Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) batteries are extremely safe. Along with many solar lights, Li-Ions are regularly used in everyday products that  include hearing aids, digital and film cameras, hand-held video games, video games, video recorders, laptops, cellphones and smart phones.

(Sorry, but in this day of social media, half-baked “theories” spread faster than gossip at a 7th grade lunch room.)

Many of you undoubtedly have taken and/or used these items onto airplanes and it is perfectly safe to do so.  We are reiterating the safety of Lithium Ion batteries because we have heard on the news (and so did a customer who called in a minor state of panic about her lights with Lithium Ion batteries) that there may have been large quantities of large Lithium Batteries on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 flown as cargo. Lithium Ion batteries are forbidden by as cargo by most aviation agencies in the world, including the US Federal Aviation Administration. Find out..

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Exxon Valdez Spill – 25 Years Later Effects Linger

Alaskan Beaches 3 Days After Exxon Valdez SpillMonday is the 25th Anniversary of the  Exxon Valdez Oil Spill and I found an article about how some things still aren’t and probably will never be “as good as ever.”

It’s almost 4 years since the 2014 BP Deep Water Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

I know there are lots of good people doing lots of good things, but often I wish BP’s public relations staff would give it a rest. BP and others Screwed UP. VERY BADLY. What BP does now doesn’t change the fact that, as with the Exxon Valdez spill, some things will never completely recover, at least not in our life times.

You think Mother Nature screwed up this winter? It’s nothing compared to greedy corporations, people willing to look the other way for cheap fuel, and overworked rig workers, truckers or even boat captains. Accidents happen. 

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Be Careful with Pond and Fountain Water Treatments

Use Care with Outdoor Water TreatmentsAlgae, mineral build-up, and droppings left behind by our feathered friends can do a number outdoor water features.  And it sure is convenient to throw in some chemicals to solve the problem.

But even the safest, non-toxic chemicals can be dangerous to birds, other wildlife, pets and children. Not to mention other people that will directly or indirectly come into contact with them.  Here are some tips to avoid chemicals when possible, and how to be extra safe when you determine they really are necessary.

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