Solar lights recommendation

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Dec 18, 2017
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Solar lights recommendation

I am planning to keep Solar light in my backyard with more brightness/lumens. I am not looking for motion detection lights but automatically turn ON after the day light and then again charge in day time.
Any recommendation appreciated.
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Dec 12, 2009
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My recommendation is to not get any solar lights. I have bought a number of units over the years, some cheap, some more expensive. Invariably, the same outcome, the thing runs a short period of time after sun down and runs out of power. Now that LED lighting is mainstream, they are relatively inexpensive to buy and very affordable to run.
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I agree. I have spent so much money on solar lights. I just threw out 20 today.

Unless battery technology has improved (in more expensive lights maybe) they only last for about 200 charge cycles which is less than a year. And they never last all night. And they never work well in winter.

Go to the trouble of wire/LED/transformer. Do it once do it right.
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A lot of the poor experiences people have had with solar lights in the past basically come down to 3 things:

1. The earlier solar lights were powered by NiMH batteries and cheap ones at that which will typically have low capacity and fail sooner. Replacing those batteries with better quality higher capacity batteries will improve the situation. With the older units, you can try new NiMH. With new units, they are typically LithIon these days but cheap low capacity ones so replacing them with better quality cells will also improve the situation.
2. The solar cells on older units were crap as they had a very low rate of conversion unless they were properly placed (ie in direct sunlight for more than 8 hours a day pointing to the Sun). The new lights have better solar cells so they will perform better in lower/poor light.
3. The placement of the light was poor so that the solar cells didn't get a chance to charge.

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