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by Starla in GA on April 14, 2006 12:10 PM
I would love to put some landscape lights along my walk way along with a few spot lights... My dh has usggested that we look into Solar powered lights, I am afraid however that the solar powered lights wouldnt work well for us because of the amount of shade we have.

Does anyone have any thoughts on this??

Thanks so much!!

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by Longy on April 14, 2006 01:22 PM
The solar powered lights only emit enough light to mark the path, but they are quite robust and last a long time. They'll need about 5-6 hours minimum of full sun to charge properly thru the day.

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by Amigatec on April 14, 2006 06:59 PM
I have some in the backyard and they do seem to work well. I have them in full sunlight, and they will shine all night.

Longy is right they are not real bright, but it will mark the path for you.

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by SpringFever on April 14, 2006 07:42 PM
Yep me too I've had mine for 3 years and they are still kickin..
Biglots 15 bucks for 4. [thumb]

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by loz on April 14, 2006 10:55 PM
I have 16 of them in my yard and I love 'em! I leave them out all year long and I've had about half of them for at least 3 years.....Bought them at Walmart for 18 something for a 4 pack of them.

My mom and dad just bought a whole bunch of them the other day, they decided to get rid of the electric ones they had and just use the solar.

I'm not sure how shady your area is, but even in my shady areas of the yard they work fine....
by Starla in GA on April 15, 2006 10:08 AM
Thanks guys! Guess when I go back to Big Lot's this weekened I'll pick up some to try.

Oh and as for them not being bright.... thats fine! We have a hot tub in the back and my dh loves to sit in there late at night to star gaze , so he would have a fit if I had anything that put off much light [Wink]

I want to put up some to have a soft glow along the walk way and possibly a somewhat bigger light to light up my fountain.

Anywhoo [Wink] I'll give them a try!!

Thanks for your input!

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by Wrennie on May 23, 2006 04:10 AM
starla, how'd they work out for you? I love mine. Just enough glow to not trip on the garden edge.

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by kyjoy on June 07, 2006 10:52 AM
You get what you pay for.
by JAKE on June 07, 2006 04:32 PM
We have solar lights throughout the back yard. Some of the yard is full sun, some part sun, other parts mostly shade. The lights emit on different levels with the ones receiving sun most of the day emitting the most. I notice the ones in full shade light up initially, then go out around 3AM. Having said that, I wouldn't change them, as they are very cost efficient, and the lights for the most part are on the majority of the time.
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by Squirrel on June 08, 2006 02:41 PM
Was just at our BIG LOTS here and they had a set of 10 for $18!!! Hope you can find them at your BIG LOTS. We`ve had ours for four years and they`re still kicking. We love them. Sue

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by mom54 on June 11, 2006 07:11 AM
One MORE advantage!!!! I gave some to my Daughter for her birthday (not expensive ones). She put them in her veggie garden. Since they've been there, no deer have gone in there!!!! They are low glowing, but they blink like stars. I'd like to think that's the reason why. Too bad they didn't work in the day time and scare off some of those squirrels!!!!! [Big Grin]

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by Patty S on June 11, 2006 07:29 AM
Mom54... Interesting, that the deer apparently avoid the lights! [shocked] I wonder how I can make my solar lights blink! I've never heard about deer not liking blinking lights, but if that would keep them out of some of my flower beds I wouldn't care about having the pathways lit!

 - Just for the heck of it, maybe I'll try a string of Christmas lights inside my rose bushes! (I'll let you know if it works.)

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by mom54 on June 12, 2006 04:52 AM
I didn't know that they did blink!!!!! Christmas lights are worth a try, and besides, it'll be very attractive. They say necessity is the Mother of invention!!!!! [nutz]

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