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Old 11-30-2011, 09:11 PM   #1
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Bright solar LED landscape light?

I found some at Home Depot that are ok, but not too bright. Anyone have a good experience with any solar landscape lighting that lights up trees well?


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Old 12-01-2011, 08:37 AM   #2
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Solar fixtures are bulbed with fairly low wattage bulbs and are not particularly well suited for illuminating trees or even pathways. They are nice for landscape mood lighting and identifying boundaries of walks. I guess. The cheapie box store things seem to fail quickly from what I have been told replacing them with real lighting systems. Outdoor lighting is like with any other fixture. I would not buy an interior fixture from a box store either. You get what you pay for. And "inexpensive" has to be viewed short and long term.

LED arrays do get brighter all the time but there is a long way to go and I suspect the technology will be replaced by something better.

If you want to light your trees, you are probably going to have to bite the bullet and install a low voltage line to run the lights you want. Then, your best options are going to be at a lighting, marine or auto store or online. Not a box store. For large trees, you may have to run 110V to get extreme amounts of illumination. You did not mention how lit up you want them.

Low voltage systems with a decent home transformer, timer (or photo sensor) and 200' feet of wire should be on sale soon at closeout places like Big Lots. I've done many a yard for clients from such places even if I throw the tacky plastic fixtures away and just save the bulbs and their wiring to go into other custom housings. I had a cabinet maker crank out some nice, simple, housings to go with the exterior of an Arts and Crafts style antique house and just fitted the Big Lots closeout receptacles and bulbs in them. You might try something like Overstock too.

If you have a huge yard you should figure out the transformer load you need and get a good one and your bulk wire from an electrical supply store. Timer too.


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Old 02-04-2012, 12:05 AM   #3
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Solar light

For big trees, the solar light not bright enough because that is led and powered by battery, small trees should be ok, not taller than 3ft trees. Try halogen low voltage light, should be perfect view.
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