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Review of the Linkind StarRay Outdoor Solar Spotlights

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The Linkind StarRay solar spotlight

The Linkind StarRay solar spotlight

Years ago, I purchased the decrepit house behind my property, tore it down, and planted grass. I am now the proud owner of a huge backyard, albeit one that is mainly hidden behind my garage and shed.

Access is difficult at night due to a lack of light. To alleviate this problem, I decided to mount a set of solar lights along the fence that leads to this property.

It was crucial that these lights be bright enough to illuminate a path and maintain their brilliance for several hours. I also needed the flexibility to utilize them as a colorful background for my frequent outdoor parties.

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Description

Each solar light is 3.9 inches wide, 6.3 inches long, and 2 inches thick. These devices are composed of black plastic. The unit's white-colored face which is fitted with two sets of eight LED beads, bears a strong resemblance to the crazy little robot featured in the movie Wall-E.

A 4.96 x 2.95-inch solar panel covers the top of each of these lights and A rubber-coated button cycles through or selects one of eight fixed colors.

The mount located at the bottom permits the light to swivel horizontally and a 3.5-inch extension that connects to this mount allows the beam to be aimed upward or downward. Two screw holes piercing the end of the extension are used to install this device against a wall or a fence.

These lights can also be fitted to one of the provided plastic spikes. Each spike is eight inches long, although one inch of this length is inserted into the bottom of the light’s extension.

Each light is fitted with 17 LED beads

Each light is fitted with 17 LED beads

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Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Linkind
  • Name: StarRay Outdoor Solar Spotlights
  • Number of lights: Sets of 2, 4, or 6
  • Weight: 237 grams (8.36 ounces)
  • Dimensions: 10 x 16 x 5 centimeters (3.9 x 6.3 x 2 inches)
  • Mounts: Extension with screw holes and spike
  • Beam angle: 90 Degree
  • Adjustable angle: Horizontal 180 degree, vertical 90 degree
  • Maximum working time: fixed color mode: 12hrs; color cycling mode: 6-12hrs
  • Material: ABS + PC
  • LED beads: 16
  • Colors: Red, green, blue, yellow, cyan, purple, rainbow, and white
  • Color cycling: Yes
  • Motion detection: No
  • Charging technology: Solar panels
  • Waterproof Rating: IP67
View of power/mode button and swiveling mounting point

View of power/mode button and swiveling mounting point

Mounting to a Fence

I first used two screws to fasten the plastic extension to the front of a wooden fence, choosing a position at the top so that once the solar panel was attached, it would be exposed to sunlight throughout the entire day. Then I attached the light’s mounting point to the end of the extension, securing it in place with its thumbscrew.

By loosening the thumbscrew slightly, the vertical angle of the light can be adjusted. In this case, I kept the device perfectly horizontal. Later I will change the angle downward to illuminate a brighter and more distinct path across the property, checking carefully to confirm the solar panels can still recharge the device’s battery.

I mounted six solar spotlights in this manner, choosing positions where the sun would be blocked as little as possible by trees or buildings.

The solar lights were first tested in color cycling mode. While the lights were not particularly bright, the resulting atmosphere was quite cheerful.

I then switched off the color cycling and selected a steady white beam. The six solar lights provided a reasonably well-lit path along the fence to my garage.

Highlighting a Bush

My neighbor’s thumb is much greener than mine. Happily, one of his well-groomed bushes is located right where our properties meet. And since this area gets a lot of sunlight, I thought I would aim a couple of the solar spotlights at it.

I pushed a pair of plastic spikes into a grassy patch near the bush. Then, when the ground’s resistance proved too great, I grabbed a rubber mallet and gently tapped them in a bit farther. It was a simple task to press the plastic extensions into place atop the spikes and mount the solar lights to the extensions.

Once dusk arrived, I switched the lights to their color cycling mode. Unfortunately, I’d positioned my lights too far from the bush to illuminate it properly. I fixed the problem by pulling out the stakes and moving them closer.

The colored lights nicely highlighted the bush, and as nightfall arrived, the effect improved considerably.

Overall Impression

A solar light will work effectively only if its components are correctly matched. A set of bright LEDs require a battery powerful enough to keep them shining for long periods. Even then, the system will not function efficiently unless the solar panel is appropriately positioned and capable of charging the battery during daylight hours.

Linkind did an excellent job in this regard. I mounted six of these lights to my fence and selected a white light that could illuminate a path between my house and the garage. The lights came on automatically at 9:30 PM as the last of the daylight faded away. At 5:00 AM the following day, I pulled myself from bed and glanced out the window. All six lights were still shining brightly.

The results will probably not be as good in the winter months when there is far less daylight. But then again, I’m not likely to go outside at 2:00 AM in the middle of a snowstorm! The Linkind StarRay Outdoor Solar Spotlights are recommended.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Walter Shillington