Posts Tagged ‘type b barricade light’
Because there are solar barricade lights that are significantly cheaper than others, naturally some distributors and manufacturers are going to call others fake. In fact there are some that look identical but are a lot cheaper.
This can mean that that particular light has either been modeled after the original light. I am not sure if that means it is ‘counterfeit’ or ‘fake’, but to me, if a light works and meets the specs, that should be your primary concern.
Believe it or not, you can replace the batteries in solar barricade lights. I know that doesn’t make any sense, because solar things are supposed to not require batteries.
The way it works is that the solar panels are designed to charge an internal battery which then holds the charge for a certain amount of time. After 3+ years the battery dies, and on some models you can get new batteries by contacting the manufacturer.
Are solar barricade lights truly more environmentally friendly than battery powered barricade lights? Well, to be honest I do not know the answer, but by posting this I hope to stir some thought about this ‘green’ product as well as others. Though you may not need to change the batteries and worry about disposing them (as often) with solar barricade lights, they still may not be ‘green.’
In other words, do we know what these solar barricade lights are really made out of? Solar barricade lights still have batteries in them, so are they any more or less recyclable than the 6 Volt or D cell batteries we find in battery powered lights? This may be worth looking into if you want a ‘truly’ green product.
This post is to give people who are having trouble with their barricade lights some help. I have gotten calls from customers who don’t know how to turn on their barricade lights. It depends on the brand, but usually there is a small hole in the center of (or side of) the light where you can poke a pin or something in to turn it from on to steady burn to off.
Another issue some people have is with solar barricade lights. Sometimes it can be tricky to know if they have a charge or not, so always be sure to keep them out in good sunlight for a day or so if you suspect that it is broken. This ensures that they either are or are not broken, because some brands of solar barricade lights will lose their charge over time if stored somewhere.
A lot of people have asked the question – is it worth the money to buy solar powered versus battery powered barricade lights? Well, the answer is that it depends. Generally, if you plan on using your lights for many projects then solar is the way to go.
The amount of money spent after batteries can amount to the difference in cost between a solar powered barricade light and a battery powered one. But, if you are just using the lights for one month and then may not use them again for 5 years, it may be OK to purchase the cheaper ones.