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john venturi

Solor Spot Lights Do You Think These Would Work

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I have 18 Solar Yard lights.  I love them BUT!!!!!!

 

They don't last all night in most cases.  I have some of the better ones that in the summer will last about 8 hours.  In the winter time they don't last long at all depending on where they are in the yard.  They don't get as much sun so they cut way back on their time at night.  Some of them less than two hours.

 

That is what you would have to deal with.  Just how much hot direct sun they get during the day.

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I concur with Lee.  They don't last long during the winter months and the ones I've had don't really throw out a whole lot of light.  I don't think I'd try lighting my cutouts with them!

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cool thnx alot i only have my display on for 6 hours a night but your probably right Im just on the fence about what kind im gonna use this year i plan on adding quite a few cutouts this year and i dont want to go with your average spot im gonna have to go with at least led to keep the power consumption down so tyvm anybody know of any cheaper stake-able kind of led spots that work pretty good if so please let me know tyvm

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Hey John -

 

I use about 20 - 25 spots to light all my cutouts.  I use the traditional stake style fixture and put the CFL spotlight bulbs in them.  The CFL's use less energy... but give out plenty of light.  You could save a LOT of money going with CFL's as opposed to LED's.  Something to consider.

 

Here is a picture of one half of my yard with the CFL spots.  The backdrop has 2 CFL spots on it and it is 16 feet long by 8 feet tall... so you can tell the bulbs give off plenty of light

 

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I also use CFLs in my display.  They don't cost too much more than regular spotlights and use far less electricity.  I can get quite a few on one 15 amp circuit.

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thank you very much I just wonder if i would have a problem with them heating up i actually thought about using cfl,s in my blow molds but it gets real cold hear Im in Pa. where are you located

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CFL's don't generate much heat at all.  Don't know if you're considering that good or bad.   I live in central KY and we get down in the teens and twenties around Christmas.  I've never had a bit of trouble using the CFL's in cold temps.

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Some of the CFLs take a couple of seconds to come on and a few minutes to reach full brightness.  I have not had any problems with the cold.  I live in Virginia and we get below freezing temperatures.  Although normally in December we usually don't get lower than about 20 at night.

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Then they should work for me granted Im in northeast Pa and we get in the single digits but maybe the technology has gotten better because my brother tried to use them a few years back and on cold nights they would never get to their full brightness maybe that's the road i need to go then Im going to try them this year thanks for the info

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Then they should work for me granted Im in northeast Pa and we get in the single digits but maybe the technology has gotten better because my brother tried to use them a few years back and on cold nights they would never get to their full brightness maybe that's the road i need to go then Im going to try them this year thanks for the info

 I bought 2 led spots that cost me arrount 11 dollars a piece at walgeens that gave me the prefect amount of light for my 2 cutouts

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Then they should work for me granted Im in northeast Pa and we get in the single digits but maybe the technology has gotten better because my brother tried to use them a few years back and on cold nights they would never get to their full brightness maybe that's the road i need to go then Im going to try them this year thanks for the info

This past December, I saw -15c weather. I had CFL's in my blow molds. No issues. Just make sure you are buying CFL's for outdoor use also. Some a strictly for indoor use. If you plan on using LOR the go for a standard bulb. CFL's don't seem to like LOR.

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