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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