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Solar Panels for Garden Lighting

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Solar Panels for Garden Lighting

I've got these solar lights from Amazon, but they come with some tiny solar panels that don't really charge without direct sunlight. Anyone know of anywhere online that I can get some larger ones? I've looked at amazon and all they've got is the exact same ones that I've already got.
Specifically I think the one in this listing should work like a charm, but I can't seem to find any specs on it at all.
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For a few months, I was all into these solar lamps and bought tons of the in ground lamps for my backyard.

But I've come to the conclusion that, non solar is much better

- these few weeks in Toronto , it's been rainy, cloudy and not much direct sun, so at night, the lamps barely light up
- the electrical cost of turning them on is sooooo tiny, but the brightness is much much more than solar powered ones
- solar powered lamps are not that cheap either

Eventually, I'm gonna install a series of landscape lights to light up the trees and shrubs in the backyard and it will be non solar, plugged into the electrical outlet in the backyard.
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Feb 11, 2009
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I have the same problem with my solar path lights that I got from Costco. They were OK in the summer but starting in the fall, they only got charged up to last only an hour or 2....
We will look into doing outdoor wiring to have proper path and landscaping lights.
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I got all mine from Costco ... a set of 5 for something like $30 or so.

I just take them out of the ground ... give them a wash and store away for the winter. The ice damages the thin solar panel if it is out there all year round.

Then I restake them in the spring when the weather is warmer.
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I think the low voltage wired option is the way to go for durability and light output. With the efficiency of LEDs power usage should not be an issue

Haven't had good experiences with solar lights, they tend to under-perform and don't last. For an eco-friendly product I've seen too many of them using NiCad batteries and become disposable products from being exposed to the elements. UV takes a toll on the plastic housings, irregular partial charge/discharge cycles kill the batteries, and having polar panels on top tends to introduce an entry point for water to get in depending on how the panels are mounted.
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