Sick of the usual boring solar garden lights? Well, here’s something different. While writing about (completely unrelated) ESP8266-based OLED and LCD displays in here earlier, I mentioned an RGB Perspex “3D” Shark which came from China which quickly found a place in our living room. Well, this OWL came from the same place but this is SOLAR and both my wife and I love it.
Banggood refer to this (probably more accurately than me) as “Solar Acrylic LED Lawn Lamp“. I have to say that sounds more concise than the last one – Shark 3D Night Light 7 Colors Changing LED Touch Switch USB Table Lamp – however – both great gadgets. To fill a gap I’ve included a photo of their “solar heart” though that didn’t impess me enough to buy.
As for the owl? With a special caviate below, I was that impressed, I bought another one. It looks as if (maybe) the worst of the winter weather is done, here in the Spanish Granada region, so time to start populating the garden with summer lighting.
A reminder that the shark and dolphin shown above are USB-powered and intended for internal use, the owl is solar and ideal for the garden. As for the acrylic itself? The frame is really not visible in the dark so the illusion is perfect. The owls stay lit up for hours at night even in winter (Spanish winter that is).
The caviat?? The same day I fitted the second owl, I happened to notice the first one was off when I checked just before midnight. Why? Damp inside, that’s why – and the first signs of corrosion around the PCB, so now both owls are indoors, smothered in 3-in-1 oil so that tomorrow I can give them a clean and a coating of silicone before putting them back out. I’m convinced it must never rain in China. Why else would they sell a garden light that lets water in . and they almost ALL do the same thing…
Update June 2021
The two solar owls corroded inside, one recovered with a spot of WD40 and sandpaper, the other is SHOT (PCB corroded, battery contacts turned to mush). What is WRONG with Chinese light designers? – do they do this DELIBERATELY?