Having been through hundreds of PoundStretcher cheap solar lights over the years, most of which manage one UK winter if you are LUCKY, I’ve taken to moving just a little upmarket recently and with some success. This 100-LED Solar Motion Sensor light just turned up for me today (Jan 2, 2020) from Banggood – no way to tell how long it will last yet but I have other not-unsimilar models which are on their second or 3rd winter already. Actually I have two of these units – identical except that one is black, the other is white.
Currently this auto-sensing solar lamp is £8.52 to the UK, no doubt the website will detail other countries including the EU and America. The price may vary by the time you read this.
This self-contained solar light is fairly small but powerful, took 4 weeks to get here in the UK (free postage) and up to now looks good – it is BRIGHT – movement triggered, stays on for 15 seconds after movement stops – unlike the Poundland specials which barely light anything other than themselves and insist on staying lit (even when there is no-one there to see them) so much so that for me, one every 3 metres or so would do nicely. The unit has a couple of modes – in one mode it lights dimly until triggered by movement, in the other it is off until triggered at which point all 100 LEDs go to maximum brightness.
My one tip for every light of this type is to WD40 or similar WHEN NEW and every few months (everything else Ive tried fails to keep damp out – and peels anyway after a while either through sunlight or cold). Usually the first thing to go on the cheapest units is caused by PCB corrosion or poor battery contact. On lamps I have similar in style to this, the seal behind the lights fails and the odd LED corrodes and fails. My hope is that WD40 from day one will minimise this.
Over time once this is up on my office wall, I’ll update the blog to let you know how it does. I’m hopeful.