If you said a rake or the trees and bushes we lost during the blizzard, you’d be accurate but that’s but not the point. What’s really missing?
While almost all solar lights claim to have “Super Bright LEDs,” it’s simply not true. While highly efficient, LEDs need help to provide high quality, bright lighting. Whether LEDs are used in solar lighting or more traditional fixtures, the fact is that LEDs alone can’t product quality light without some help. Find out what many people overlook when selecting solar lights: how reflection and refraction technology really are need to make solar lighting and LEDs truly “Super Bright.” (Note: if you watch this or any other YouTube Video in Google’s Chrome browser instead of Firefox, Internet Explorer, etc. they seem to crash one heck of a lot less. Hmm. I wonder why.)
We use the term “super bright LED” quite often. So do most solar light retailers, distributors and manufacturers. But “Super Bright LEDs” is a term that actually means very little in terms of the overall brightness of a solar lighting fixture.
It’s not the size of the LED, it’s the technology built into a solar light that makes a fixture “super bright.” And when it comes to LEDs, it’s not just the quantity or size of the LEDs, it’s about the motion of the light beam.
For decorative solar lights and many accent lights, simple LEDs are perfectly fine. But when you spend money on solar lamps, spotlights and flood lights, you need to look for how the fixture turns the LED light beams into worthwhile illumination.
Here’s why… Continue reading
We just did a post about a solar lantern that wasn’t working as it should be. And, there was a quick fix to that problem and the lantern works as great as ever.
Unfortunately, not all solar lights can be saved. Even more unfortunately, there are a lot of lights that frankly are a waste of money. We can’t say it often enough: with solar lighting, you usually get what you pay for.
It’s kind of hard to see in this picture, but even though it’s daytime, this solar light is on. In fact, the only time it works is in the daytime.
Even though we bought six of these for around $15 buck, it really was a waste of money. This light (and 4 of the other ones we bought with it) can’t be fixed. Continue reading
Even the best solar lights can get tired.
Our Plantern (half planter, half solar lantern) was a bright and attractive addition to our deck this summer.
It added just enough light to sit at the table and chat comfortably by, and was bright enough that it usually kept the motion activated spotlights and floodlights from turning on. (Which sometimes can be annoying if you’re out for some fresh air before you go to bed.)
But, the other day I noticed the light quality was GAWD-awful. Luckily, it was an easy fix. Find out what happened and how easy it was to get it back to it’s normal self.
One of the major advantages of solar lights is that most are incredibly easy to install, a simple DIY weekend project.
And, selecting solar lights over electrical fixtures means cost savings on far more than utility bills. Solar lighting means cost savings since:
- No Electricians to install power to remote/unlit areas
- No expenses to repair landscaping or hardscape damaged by laying electrical lines
- Rarely are any permits or inspections required.
But, there are rare exceptions when you should consult or hire a qualified electrician, plumber or even a lighting engineer.
The most common reason: when you retrofit an existing gas or electrical lamp with an eco-friendly and more energy efficient solar light. Find out what you really should should have a licensed professional take care of and why. Continue reading
Now that summer’s over, it’s time to pay the fiddler for summer foliage, garden annuals and perennials. For many of us around the United States, fall cleanup time is already here or rapidly approaching.
Once the rakes and leaf blowers come out, it’s very easy to unintentionally damage solar lights, or any landscape lighting for that matter.
Luckily, there are also some very easy things you can to make sure your outdoor lights survive fall cleanup! Continue reading
We also answer questions about maintenance issues (particularly battery changes), and when the product isn’t working the way you expected it to.
Here are some things that you can do so that we can provide you with the best possible customer services. An added benefit: these tips can help you protect any manufacturer warranties. Continue reading
If you want to know how solar street lights work, where and how they can be used, or how select a quality solar street light for your outdoor lighting project, read this article. For a quick overview, please see our YouTube video “Solar Street Lights Are Bright Ideas.”
Solar Street Lights have been used throughout the world for several years. More recently, public and private sector property managers and roadway departments have been using them for street, parking lot, bridge and recreational facilities throughout the United States.
In most cases, summer is the time of year when solar lights and other solar products for the home and garden work their best.
Just like every season, you need to do a few things to get the best performance. For example, there’s usually lots more sun and more hours of sun. Still, you need to look out for how the shade changes in the summer.
Heat, pollen and dust are also issues that require a bit of your attention to get the best performance out of your products.
Here’s our top three things to do to get the most out of your solar lights and other solar products this summer. Continue reading