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Tim_Ohio
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# Posted: 16 May 2024 15:34 - Edited by: Tim_Ohio
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Hi. I'm a bit frustrated with solar lighting in general. It's difficult to trust the reviews on the products, so I'm reaching out to real users. I'm looking for a decorative hanging, dusk to dawn solar light. Do any of you have a recommendation? I really liked the recommendation for motion detection lights someone made on here and bought what they liked. I was very satisfied. So, please let me know if you have any good experience with the above mentioned style.

Thanks, Tim

Brettny
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# Posted: 17 May 2024 16:01
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I dont think your really going to get much usefull light early in the AM from a solar dawn to dusk light.
I have the motion detection one and it works well. I also have solar bistro string lights that are dawn to dusk. Typicaly there dead after a few hours. I have taken to turning them off when I leave the cabin in hopes they last a bit longer.

gcrank1
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# Posted: 18 May 2024 16:49
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The batteries and the panels that charge them are typically too small for 'all night' use. And a cloudy/no real recharge day or two will give you even less.
One could wire in a jack for an aux bat-pack and a larger panel; Iffn ya like futzin with stuff like that.

Tim_Ohio
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# Posted: 20 May 2024 16:24 - Edited by: Tim_Ohio
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Quoting: gcrank1
One could wire in a jack for an aux bat-pack and a larger panel; Iffn ya like futzin with stuff like that.


Yeah, this is what I was thinking I would have to do. I'm actually wondering if a solar battery tender for an electric cattle fence would work. I'm trying to light up an entrance on a driveway which is too far away to hard wire in a practical way.

Thanks

gcrank1
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# Posted: 20 May 2024 19:47
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Maybe look into the aux solar bat-packs for trail cams?

ICC
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# Posted: 20 May 2024 20:00
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I have had the following two solar lights for two years and they have been working fine all that time. Disclaimer: I got these for free, did no research before or after. However, they seem to be well made and as I said have worked every night for two years. No issues with the batteries lasting or with getting enough sun to recharge even though neither panel gets all day southern sky sunshine.

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ICC
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# Posted: 20 May 2024 20:56
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The above 2 lights are darkness activated as well as motion activation.... turns on brighter with motion or can be set to only come on with motion.

I have another solar light I have had for 10 years, maybe longer. It was originally built for sale and use in third world countries instead of burning oil lamps or candles. This light is manual on-off only; 4 levels. It uses NiMH AA-size cells so the cells can be replaced whenever necessary. This was my most used camping light for years. I have three in different places.

Amazon used to sell them, now here is one source... ...and another....

Brettny
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# Posted: 20 May 2024 20:58 - Edited by: Brettny
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Why light up a driveway entrance?
I can tell you that any of these cheap solar lights really benefit from being protected from rain. Alot of mine had water intrusion and failed.

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