Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 4
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Onemadscientist Don't add wire!
I don't own these, but I can tell you that if you add wire you are also adding resistance. Because of this your lights won't be as bright as if you didn't add the wire. The more wire, the more resistance, and the dimmer the light will be. The gauge of wire matters too.
July 11, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Paul It works as advertised. Absolutely satisfied so far...
Though I haven't yet tried to change the settings, these lights work as advertised. Go on at dark and go off some time later.
We have a concrete free standing "lantern" with conduit running from the base through the interior to the actual lantern space. To put the end light in the lantern, I had to cut the wire, and splice it to a longer piece of wire which i ran through the conduit, then the re-attach the light. It didn't work initially so I switch wires and, eureka!, it worked. Apparently LED's are polarity dependent.
One month later. Still working.
May 28, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by phoch Exactly what I was looking for and it even works as advertised.
It took me about two hours, searching the internet, for a solar light with a remote source. I have a concrete "lantern" into which I wanted to install a solar light. This fit the bill nicely, with the bonus feature of having three more lights on the same string.
Practically, since the LED was too wide to fit through the conduit at the base of the lantern, it required some alteration. I had to cut the wire to the "end" LED, splice an extension wire, string it through the conduit, and reattach the LED. The first effort didn't work. When I reversed the polarity of the wires at the splice, voila! It worked and has been working ever since.
Whether it lasts for more than a year or two, only time will tell, but so far, I am completely satisfied. I haven't bothered changing the settings that determine when the lights turn off after going on automatically at dusk, but it has worked every evening, so far, through the summer. We'll see what kind of performance it has during our gray Oregon winter.
August 27, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Leedawg Pleased for the most part...
Installation was simple. Because of the system design, the lights were strung underneath our deck at perfect increments, including the stair risers. They worked as advertised; however, I've never checked to see that the system actually retains the timer setting. You're supposed to be able to set the timer to either 4, 5, or 6 hours. It seems that the lights are going off sooner than that.
The two things that really bother me, are 1) sometimes the lights don't come on. I have to walk out on the deck and turn on each set. 2) One set of lights either has a bad battery pack or the solar energy system is defective. It didn't work consistently and now it doesn't work at all. I'm searching now for a battery pack replacement.
That said, it's an over all good purchase. I'm sure that if the one set wasn't defective, I'd be raving about these lights. They are really cool to look at. The don't shine too brightly. They look really professional and they are low profile, so they're out of the way (you won't trip over them or damage them inadvertently). and being able to replace the battery pack is a huge plus (that is, if I can find them to purchase).
I do wish the panels were more easily mounted.
February 22, 2014