What else a solar flagpole light can be used for
Solar flagpole LED lights may have the word flagpole in them, but you can actually use them for many other purposes. You can use them to light up banners or other Christmas decorations. If you have an LED light that can be staked into the ground, you can use it to highlight your favorite trees or shrubs. Furthermore, you can place solar lights around your garden for a special summer ambiance.
Features to consider when choosing a solar flagpole lights
There are many types of commercial solar flagpole lights, so before you purchase anything, you will want to better understand their features.
There are two main types of solar flagpole lights. The first attaches directly to the top of your flagpole. For installation, remove any top part of the flagpole, place the light through the hole, and then replace the top part. With this design, the solar panels are on the top part of the circular design while the LEDs are on the bottom. It is a one-piece design and is very easy to install.
Just note that some of these designs are only meant for specific flagpole brands, such as the FlagPole Buddy Solar Powered LED Flagpole Light. Other examples of a one-piece system include the Hallomall Solar Flagpole Light, the Deneve Deluxe Solar Flagpole Light, the Sunnytech 2nd Generation Solar Flagpole, and the ZIOTI Solar Flagpole Light.
An alternative design system for solar flagpole lights comes in two pieces. In these products, the LEDs are in a separate piece than the solar panel. They are slightly harder to install but are also more versatile. You can choose to use them for your flagpole or in your garden if you wish.
Both the solar panel and the LED panel will come with clamps that you can use to place on your flagpole. You can decide how close to the flagpole you want your light to be.
Examples of a two-piece design include the Solar Light Mart Alpha 180X Solar Flagpole Light, the Flags Poles And More Solar Flagpole Light, and the Solar Light Mart Mini Solar Powered Flagpole Light.
Number of LEDs
The number of LEDs in a solar flagpole light can vary greatly. It’s actually quite amazing when you start looking at the numbers. On our product list, the smallest solar flagpole light is the Solar Light Mart Mini Solar Powered Flagpole Light, and it has just six LEDs. On the other end of the spectrum is the ZIOTI Solar Flagpole Light, which has an incredible 128 LEDs.
The number of LEDs can affect a lot of properties. For starters, the more LEDs, the larger the light source is. If you want a discreet light, then you will want to find one with fewer LEDs. As well, the number of LEDs will directly correlate with the brightness feature. While not all LEDs have the same amount of power, the more LEDs, the brighter overall the light will be.
If you’re worried about the large discrepancy between a minimum and maximum number of LEDs, you can put those fears to rest. The average is 20 to 25 LEDs, and there are plenty of features products on our list that have this middle-range number.
Runtime after the recommended charging time
Your solar flagpole light needs to be exposed to as much sunlight as possible for the best runtime. However, a battery can only hold so much charge The average runtime is about 10 hours. This is plenty of time to light up your flag. While it might not always leave your flag illuminated the whole night, it will let it shine brightly after dinner and well into the evening, when the majority of people will be out and about.
One of the major factors to consider with runtime is if your product has different settings. For example, the ZIOTI Solar Flagpole Light has two brightness settings, while the Hallomall Solar Flagpole Light has three brightness settings. You may want to immediately switch your light to the brightest possible setting, but just note that it will come at a cost. If your product is advertised to last for 10 hours, this is actually only on the lowest setting. A high setting can greatly impact the runtime so that your light actually only lasts five or six hours. While this is still long enough to get you through the peak evening time, just don’t be disappointed when at 2AM, your light has run out of battery power.
The brightness of your solar flagpole light is determined by the number of LEDs and the Lumens it is rated at. Obviously, no matter how strong your LED is, if you only have a few of them, they can’t compete with panels that have way more LED. Most flagpole lights have less than 1000 Lumens of brightness. This includes the Solar Light Mart Alpha 180X Solar Flagpole Light which measures at 230 Lumens. The Flags Poles And More Solar Flagpole Light is quite dim as it only measures 72 Lumens. If you have a larger flag then you will want a more powerful light. The Deneve Deluxe Solar Flagpole Light has 20 LEDs and measures 1700 Lumens.
Always remember to check both the number of LEDs listed as well as the Lumen strength. You might see a small number of LEDs and not realize that is in fact a bright light.
Battery capacity and lifespan
Solar flagpole lights should last for a long time. LEDs don’t wear out very fast and solar power is very reliable. You should get five to ten years out of your flagpole light although this can vary greatly depending on the manufacturing quality.
Unfortunately, not many companies offer warranties with solar flagpole lights. This is disappointing, although they are fairly inexpensive, so if you do need to purchase another product in a year or two, it won’t break the bank.
If you are especially concerned about a warranty, the Sunnytech 2nd Generation Solar Flagpole is your best bet. Not only does it come with a one-year warranty, but it also has amazing customer service. You can reach somebody 24/7, which is especially important as you might not notice any issues with your flagpole light until it is nighttime.
If it’s easy to install
As a general rule, solar flagpole lights are easy to install. There are three different ways to install a light, and all have their pros and cons.
One of the easier ways to install a solar flagpole light is to place it at the top of your flagpole. If your flagpole has a topper, unscrew this. Then, place the circular light over the pole. Finally, screw the topper back in place. There’s no need to think about where to place the light, and there certainly aren’t any needed adjustments.
Another way to install a flagpole light is if there is a separate solar panel. While not quite as easy as the first option, it still won’t take long. For these models, you will need to clamp the LED light and the solar panel onto the flagpole. You should receive stainless steel clamps that can be adjusted, depending on how thick your flagpole is. With these models, you get to decide where on the flagpole you want your light to be, and it can even be beneath the flag.
A bit more effort is needed with this model, and you might have to adjust the light a few times to find the right angle. You will also have to adjust the solar panel so that it gets the maximum amount of sunlight. Furthermore, the two pieces need to be connected via a wire.
The final way to install a solar flagpole light is on the ground. With this method, you will receive one or two stakes that can be pushed into the ground. The LED light might have the solar panel connected to it, or they might be separate. If they are separate, be sure to place them side by side. They will need to be connected via a wire, and you don’t want it to be a tripping hazard.
With ground lights you will need to make sure they are bright enough to really illuminate your flag as they will be that much further from them.
The biggest thing to remember with installation is to turn the flagpole light on. There is nothing worse than installing the light, raising your flagpole back up, and being disappointed when at night, nothing comes on. This is an unfortunately common occurrence. So much so that almost all the manufacturers repeat these instructions in bold on their product pages. They might be a bit tired of customer service calls from people wondering why their brand new lights aren’t working.
Some solar flagpole lights have just one setting. Simply turn the light on during installation, and your light will come on automatically when it gets dark out. Others have two or three brightness settings to choose from. The ZIOTI Solar Flagpole Light has two brightness settings, while the Hallomall Solar Flagpole Light and the Solar Light Mart Alpha 180X Solar Flagpole Light each have three brightness settings. Please note that even though a light may have multiple brightness settings, none of the products on our list come with a remote control. You will have to select the setting ahead of time, during installation. You can always change it, but that will probably mean bringing lowering the flagpole to reach the solar panel, which can be quite a tedious task.