I’m not a big one for outside Christmas lights. Part of me has always worried about having outside lights plugged into the mains, how do you do this without running cables out of windows etc. So when Dobbies asked me if I would like to review some outside lights that were solar-powered I leapt at the chance particularly as they were the ones that you stick in the ground, so no going up ladders trying to attach cables to barge boards.
The ones they sent me to try were Premier Solar Twilites – a pack of 10 LED Solar path lights with stars. They are quite small lights and at first I thought they would be lost but it is amazing how much light they do actually emit.
Being a bit of a technophobe I asked my eldest son to set them up. It took him all of 10 mins. The lights are connected by a power cable and each light has a sort of stick which it slides into. He did comment that they didn’t seem to stay very securely in their sticks and kept coming out as he was sticking others in the ground. The string of lights is powered by a dinky solar panel which you have to position so it catches the most sun.
The solar panel allows you to choose one of three settings: flashing, slow flashing and just on. The slow flash has every other light on and then switches to the other lights if you get my meaning.
We are quite taken with the lights. Our only criticism is that the stands for each light aren’t easy to get standing upright and it is hard to make the stars appear at the top of the stick. Instead many of ours had a more droopy appearance where the cable was hanging out of the top but this does add a certain charm. After all do we really need everything regimental.
Even that the lights are £14.99 I think they are good value and worth giving a go – they certainly brighten up our front garden and look particularly festive against the snow we have at the moment.