We had been thinking about adding additional lighting to the garden recently - it can feel quite spooky almost after dark. So it was rather fortunate to receive an email from Philips asking us to try out part of their new solar range.
Philips have been investing heavily into solar power research and have street lights run from solar panels. Much of that technology and knowledge has found its way into these smaller scale lights.
|Philips myGarden Solar Wall Light|
The other light was a more traditional solar "spike" type light, but again with a much brighter light level.
The panels charge up built in batteries that Philips claim can provide up to 6 hours of lighting - there is space to fit a second battery pack as an extra to double this. I haven't been able to test quite how long they light for as I haven't been up 6 hours after dark. I did however note that after a very dull day the lights had gone out within 3 hours. The major test for us will be to see how well they do in winter, with the sun lower in the sky.
We positioned two near to the jungle hut, one on a ground spike, with the solar panel on the nearby shed roof, and the other by the smaller koi pond to illuminate the patio at night. They give off enough light to happily wander down the garden, and perhaps enjoy a warm summers evening - should we get any!
|Twinkles seems to approve|
For more information or to purchase Philips Solar Lights check out the Philips Website.