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autumn905

I agree with all the commenters who are concerned about nighttime lighting harming wildlife. With so many species endangered and losing habitat it is about time to put their needs ahead of decorative considerations.

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Webado Webada

Well we have some solar lights and they only worked for a few weeks after we installed them. Now most of them simply don't charge. It's not the rechargeable batteries that are at fault, because we recharge them in an indoor charger with no problem, the trouble is the lights don't turn off during the day any more so the batteries get drained in 1-2 days and then they don't charge from the sunlight either. It's the photo-voltaic cells that are faulty. Or whatever controls the solar lights.

I'm pretty fed up with these lights, we have bought several replacements and they all have the same fate. From talking to neighbours and friends I know they too keep buying and replacing their solar lights often. Buying a much more expensive brand is no guarantee they'll work properly either.

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David Male Gardens

I agree with John Davies about less being more when it comes to garden lighting. All too often I have seen patios or decks studded with uplighters that end up making the space look more like an airport runway than a garden with a relaxing atmosphere. If positioned without much thought they can also end up being a nuisance by sending up glare when you are sitting down. Ask yourself why you are placing a light somewhere, rather than just dotting them around indiscriminately. Either it is for safety reasons (steps) or for aesthetic reasons (up-lighting a beautiful tree or other focal point plants). I generally find that the most atmospheric lighting for seating or dining areas is natural candle light in lanterns which can be easily moved around.



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