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I See The Light

Reviewing: Westinghouse 15 Piece Stainless Steel Solar Light Set  |  Rating:
eggy By eggy on
Badge: Advisor | Level: 17 | Yard & Garden Expertise:
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These Solar Lights are attractive, reasonably priced, and easy to install. The sun recharges the batteries, and there is a sensor which turns them off when it is light outside.

Each light consists of three main parts: The lantern portion (approximately 5 inches high and 6 inches wide), a stake to pound into the ground, and an 8.5 inch shaft which connects stake to the lantern portion

Unfortunately, I have found the connection between the stake and the shaft to be quite loose on many of my lights. This makes it difficult to stand them up straight and if they are bumped, even very lightly, they end up at funny angles. Also, since they are not very firmly affixed to the ground they may disappear from your yard if there are inquisitive kids around. The lantern and shaft are stainless steel and the stake appears to be aluminum.

The bulbs are Light Emitting Diodes (LED) which put out a reasonable amount of light. Each lamp includes two LED bulbs and two 600 MAH Ni-Cd AA batteries. The LEDs are enclosed in an attractive ribbed glass light defuser. The documentation claims the lights will provide 8 to 12 hours of light per day, but I think that might be a bit optimistic. I have only used about 7 of the 15 lights over a two year period, and one of them has failed

These lights may help call attention to a step or edge of a pathway, but they are probably primarily useful for decorative purposes.

The packing box for the 15 lights is 25 by 7 by 18 inches and weighs about 20 pounds. These lights have a one year Limited Warranty and instructions in English and Spanish.

I am somewhat conflicted about these lights. The good features are partially offset by their instability and lack of durability.