Solar powered outdoor lights

SolarLightFanJanuary 19, 2011

I am interested in solar lights for outdoor areas around the home and garden. There are more and more variations of these lights appearing on the market these days as they become more popular.

My question is could someone help me by suggesting the top 5 makers of these types of lights. I believe there to be a lot of cheap and nasty makes out there and so it would be good to know how or where I could discover the better made brands.

Hopefully someone can help, thank you.

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texasredhead

Don't know if many on this board would know what brands are available in Australia. I personally use low voltage lights as my property is too shaded to use solar lighting.

    Bookmark   January 19, 2011 at 9:15PM
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SolarLightFan

Thank you texasredhead, sometimes brand names are worldwide and thought that maybe there were some common brands available but I guess the popular retailers would mainly only stock the better brands anyway.

    Bookmark   January 22, 2011 at 10:58PM
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fredinva

I don't think there are a top five brands of solar lights.
they all appear to be junk and inadequate in my book.

as texasredhead mentioned, low voltage is the way to go,
and most bulbs can be replaced with LEDs.

fred

    Bookmark   January 23, 2011 at 11:45AM
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SolarLightFan

Hi Fred, thank you for your response. I appreciate your opinion and accept that some solar lights can be rather delicate but I also think that there is a place for them in this day and age. In days gone by solar lights were quite inefficient but the updated models have improved a lot and can be useful in the right place.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2011 at 4:31PM
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azlighting

Go with commercial grade fixtures. The residential types aren't manufactured to the same quality and degree of industrial or commercial grade.

    Bookmark   January 23, 2011 at 7:06PM
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SolarLightFan

Thank you for your suggestion azlighting. Where would I be able to buy commercial solar lighting?

    Bookmark   January 24, 2011 at 7:58PM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana

Where would I be able to buy commercial solar lighting?
Check out the link below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Google results-commercial solar lighting

    Bookmark   January 25, 2011 at 10:44AM
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SolarLightFan

Hi chemocurl, thank you for the link. Why didn't I think of that? I checked some of those out and did find some commercial solar flood lights that would be great around the home and garden, although they are quite a bit more expensive, $300 compared to $80 for the domestic models. They are rated at being as bright as 100w to 150w, which is fantastic and way more than the domestic variety. I guess you get what you pay for!

    Bookmark   January 25, 2011 at 5:41PM
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DavidR

I guess you get what you pay for!

Exactly. If you price out PV panels, charge controllers, and batteries for a home solar system, you'll see why commercial quality solar fixtures might be pricey. They're far more complex than a simple housing, socket, and bulb.

Cheap home center solar lights are mostly junk, built to cost a few dollars and last a few seasons.

    Bookmark   January 25, 2011 at 6:49PM
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SolarLightFan

Hi David, thank you for your input. You have a very valid point and I guess the manufacturers market to the masses as that is where the biggest market for them is. At the same time it is good to have the choice of commercial or domestic, do you agree?

    Bookmark   January 26, 2011 at 9:24PM
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