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Solar Powered Lights - Tiki Torch

Written by green1 on Apr 8th, 2008 | Filed under: Gardens, Inside and Outside, General Information, Light Bulbs and Timers, Solar Power

A Green Home Improvement for your back yard.

About a week ago we went to a local home center looking for LED lights and ended up shopping for solar powered lights. Searching for cheap solar powered lights at the home centers is an easy task but the risk of getting poor quality is always on my mind. We ended up buying 3 solar products all with a price tag of about $15.00 (USD for my foreign visitors). I’ll review the solar powered tiki light in this article and the other two in the next few days.

Solar Powered Lights

The first one is a fake bamboo outdoor light with 3 flickering light bulbs. For some reason I assumed that the pole was made of real bamboo and was a little bent when I discovered that it was cheap plastic! While it only took a minute to assemble the pole, the joints were not that strong. I also noticed that the tent spike attachment that holds it into the ground only goes down a few inches and I doubt that it will stay upright in a strong wind. After it was up for a few days I ended up taking it down and gluing the joints with a strong glue.

Overall the solar panel works great and provides enough solar gain to power the lights for most if not all of the night. I feel that the light looks real enough and the overall idea should cut down on people burning fuel in their outdoor lights. I might look into getting a piece of real bamboo for the pole so I can drive it into the ground more and not risk the unit blowing over. I ‘m up in the air about calling this solar powered light a green product, since it uses solar power it’s sort of green. On the other hand it uses cheap plastic that will fall apart with the UV rays so I don’t see the pole lasting as long as the actual solar panel and battery.

In the past I have used other products by the same company with very good luck. All 5 of our ceiling fans operate perfectly so I can just hope that this product holds up. Some of our other solar lights from the same company are still in service with the original bulbs and batteries after 6-7 years! If I find a source for 1″ bamboo poles we might add a few more of these in our back yard.

Solar Powered Bamboo light

If you know of a good source for solar powered lights please leave a comment and share your source!

Note- Don’t install the lights around goats, the one in the picture kept knocking the light down until I gave up and moved in to my front yard.



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