Portfolio 16" Solar LED Landscape Walk Lighting
by Maria Monti
(Boca Raton ,Florida,USA)
Portfolio 16 Solar Lighting
This purchase was my first endeavor into the solar powered landscape lighting market. I went to my local Lowe's store and purchased 6 pieces of the Portfolio 16" Solar LED Landscape Walk Lighting Model #: RPS13-MB-8.
The reason for this purchase was more selfish than economical. I purchased them as I did not want to start to dig up my landscaping in order to hide the wires of the traditional low voltage landscape lights.
The first disappointment with this solar lighting system was the cost at $35 per fixture, it is very expensive since you can get a low voltage set of 16 lights for approximately $100.00. Despite the cost, I ventured into the install of these solar lights. I must tell you that the installations was a breeze. All I had to do was remove the units from the box and pull out the battery safety tab and stick them in the ground where I wanted them ( can it get much easier than that?).
I must tell you, there are a few more disappointments to follow. First off, I had to wait 12-18 hours for the lights to charge before they were able to turn on. I am a person who likes instant gratification so the lights not working as soon as I put them in the ground was a little upsetting to me but something that I could deal with.
The biggest disappointment with these lights was the quality of the light emitted. These light were extremely dull not bright at all and the color of the lights were not what I was looking for in a landscape light. They were very very white and not natural looking at all.
Lastly, the amount of time that the lights stood lit was a major problem. After charging them for I would say 15 hours or so, they stood lit a total of 4 hours. Again, not what I was looking for. I live in South Florida, so sun is not an issue at all, they did receive plenty of sunlight.
Maybe I need to do a little more research and find a better brand light, but to be honest with you, I am not looking to waste any more of my hard earned dollars on these Solar Land Scape lights.
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