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Lovely style and easy to fit but not good in deepest winter
on 29 November 2013
Lovely style and so easy to fit with the in-built solar panel. Plenty bright enough for lighting up steps, bins, passageways etc as it's designed for. Don't buy if you want a "security light" there are brighter products from the Solar Centre for that like the Evo15. Was a bit skeptical about the dim mode being too much battery drain but this model runs all the LEDs on a very very dim setting - I would think by pulse width modulation. Can report again when its been up and working a bit longer.
Did not rate 5 * as the PIR detection on the first one stopped working after just 4 days. The Solar Centre were most helpful on the phone and the replacement one arrived by courier from Amazon in just 2 days after completing the Amazon online Return process - so 5* for service.
Replacement arrived in two days from Amazon - brilliant.
However, in the recent short winter days the lamp will not get enough charge even on a sunny winter day, to last more than 4 or 5 hours during the evening in "low glow" mode. That's without any PIR activation to bright mode. The lamp is installed at the top of a fence post exposed to the full winter sky but not the direct low winter sun which is shaded by the house next door.
So I can not recommend this unless they modify the device so that you can disable the energy consuming "low glow" mode for the winter months. It must consume something and once this has used up all the charge then the PIR will not switch on the lamp to bright mode. I have one of the solar centre's other lamps Evo15 and that does not have the low glow and works fine installed up on the main trunk of an oak tree in the garden.
UPDATE: Spring 2014
Okay once the days started getting noticeably longer the lamp stored enough charge during the day to keep going on the dim setting after dark for 6 or more hrs. So by mid February there was an extra 2hrs or more of sunlight (compared mid winter) and that proved enough to keep the light going to midnight (without activation, just glow mode). This is for Southern England so adjust depending on where you live.