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Old 09-12-2011, 02:40 PM
 
Location: northern Alabama
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Has anyone found a place where solar-powered lamps and similar lights can be purchased?
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Old 09-12-2011, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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What kind? For landscaping and in fact, some other kind, you can find them at the nearest home improvement stores as well.
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Old 09-12-2011, 04:20 PM
 
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Yup, any home improvement store. If you are considering motion lights around your home, I would NOT recommend solar. Read some reviews on Amazon.com and the strong majority will tell you they don't work that well. I looked at solar motion lights and copied down some brands/models and looked them up online... then I went with wired.
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Old 09-13-2011, 10:26 AM
 
Location: Backwoods of Maine
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We have been looking at regular solar-powered path lights (outdoor type) for use inside the house. They aren't very bright, but would be great for hallways, currently unoccupied rooms, under kitchen counters, and along stairways. They'd give off light for about 4-6 hours. Some people don't know, but the lamps come right off the stakes, and can be used that way without stakes, inside.

The next best thing is to have a complete 12VDC LED lighting system. This can be attached to a single 12 V battery (automotive or marine) or to a bank of batteries (usually 4 or 8). The batteries can be charged by solar, generator (30-60 mins per day) or by wind/hydro or other power. LEDs are getting brighter and the technology is improving rapidly, so we are holding off on purchasing even some of the better stuff today, as we know they'll be better tomorrow.
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Old 09-13-2011, 10:37 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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We have been looking at regular solar-powered path lights (outdoor type) for use inside the house. They aren't very bright, but would be great for hallways, currently unoccupied rooms, under kitchen counters, and along stairways. They'd give off light for about 4-6 hours.
How are you thinking they will be charged up if they are inside all the time?

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Old 09-13-2011, 12:24 PM
 
Location: northern Alabama
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Default Let me be clearer

I am looking for something solar powered that looks and works like a regular household lamp - you know, the on/off switch kind.
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Old 09-13-2011, 01:11 PM
 
Location: Backwoods of Maine
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How are you thinking they will be charged up if they are inside all the time?

20yrsinBranson
You made me laugh...thanks, almost nobody can do that for me nowadays!

OF COURSE you put them back outside on the stakes during the day. You just remove them to bring inside at night.

In our case, if it gets too cold at night during winter, we could just lean them up against a south-facing window for the daily charging.
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Old 09-13-2011, 02:30 PM
 
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I am looking for something solar powered that looks and works like a regular household lamp - you know, the on/off switch kind.
A quick web search brought up this: IKEA Solvinden Solar-Powered Table Lamp | GeekAlerts
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Old 09-13-2011, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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A quick web search brought up this: IKEA Solvinden Solar-Powered Table Lamp | GeekAlerts
Now thats something, Scandinavians selling solar-powered lamps.
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Old 09-13-2011, 04:03 PM
 
Location: The Island of Misfit Toys
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Has anyone found a place where solar-powered lamps and similar lights can be purchased?

How about just solar powered lanterns? Make like you're back in the 1800's but the lanterns are solar powered instead of kerosine.

Type "solar lantern crank" into ebay search.

here;

Solar lantern crank | eBay
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