Our solar sign illuminator features three bright white LEDs, magnified by a mirrored interior. Solar panel in mount-anywhere plastic housing stores energy even on cloudy days or in shade. A built-in photocell turns the light on at dusk, off at dawn. Hardware included.
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Comments about Product: We needed a light to illuminate our address at night (5 digits vertically). The solar light does a nice job of covering all five digits (the last digit is ~30" from the light), and at night the address can be read from the road approximately 40' away. I allowed the batteries to charge in the sun for 3 days before turning the light on. The light works as advertised, turning on at dusk and turning off at dawn. The light is attached to the west side of the house, and gets plenty of sun during the day. I wish the light housing came in white; I ended up spraypainting the plastic so it blended in with the trim of the house.
Overall, a great product.
Comments about Product: We were looking for some type of inexpensive solar light to use for a business sign that hangs from an "L" Post. Many lights are available, but they are in the $200+ category. We went with this thing, and while we hoped it would be brighter, it is doing the job. It doesn't quite have the power to illuminate the entire sign, but it does give the sign presence at night so that someone driving by might take note. We are not using this as intended so we can't be too hard on it for what we are asking it to do. I'm sure for wall plaques or the type of lighting requirements as shown in the picture, this thing is pretty good, especially for the cost. Our only suggestions would be to find a way to give it more illuminated power or intensity, and maybe offer different colors / faux shingle look, etc., this would be a truly killer product for under $50.00 buck. Finally, we haven't owned it for too long, maybe 3 months, but it is always outdoors, and has been subjected to rain, wind, and sun, and it's still going. We're pretty pleased.
Comments about Product: I installed it and let it charge as directed. It will not stay lit for more than two hours. If turned off and then back on, it will light up for a few minutes only. I am not sure if being on a north-facing wall is the problem, but in Sacramento, CA, there should be ample ambient light to charge the batteries.
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The Olla: A Brief History
Olla (Spanish, pronounced “oh-ya”) jars have been around since ancient times. Made of unglazed ceramic, ollas traditionally have short, narrow necks with wider bodies, and are made in a variety of shapes. They have been used for thousands of years for cooking, storage, and plant irrigation.
When used to irrigate plants, an olla is buried neck-deep in the ground near a plant’s roots, with the opening of the olla extended above the soil so that it can be filled with water periodically. The porous walls of the unglazed pottery allow the water to seep through gradually, constantly and consistently hydrating the plants without overwatering them – and without wasting precious water to evaporation or runoff.
The use of ollas for irrigation was introduced to the American Southwest by Spanish conquistadors during Colonial times, becoming very common among Native American tribes and Hispanic settlers. Though the technique gave way to more modern methods of irrigation some time ago, its superior efficiency, coupled with its simplicity, has caused it to make a comeback. Though the technique has changed little since its introduction, today’s ollas are usually capped off, making them even more water-efficient.
Perfect for home gardens, Ollas are a super-easy, eco-friendly, less time-consuming way to water annuals, perennials, herbs, vegetables and plants of all kinds in dry, sandy soil, very hot or drought-prone areas, raised beds, and even pots, planters and hanging baskets. Fill the olla before you leave on a short vacation to enjoy worry-free watering – and a smaller water bill!