Color Up works as a color changing solar powered LED landscape light meant for outdoor use. The company claims that you can project a spotlight directly into your yard, inside your home, or onto your house. Your panel attached to the light charges during the day by capturing sunlight. It converts this light into the LED powerful beam you get all night long. For a fully charged battery, consumers can enjoy twelve hours of light.
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- Good Item
Compared to others, Color Up has some advantages. It has a full spectrum of colors, as mentioned, which—while not for everyone—is different than other lights on the market. Other lights right now are limited to red / green combinations or white. Additionally, being completely solar based, this light is one of a small handful on the market which alleviates the need for outlets or extension cords and works entirely on its own. Where it is similar to other lights is only a good thing, because these similar lights have great reviews too.
- Good Guarantee
If you buy Color Up you get two lights, but the total cost is thirty five dollars including shipping. Right now the company has a one year money back guarantee which is good because, being a new light, the shipping times are quite long. Rather than only giving a short guarantee, you have a chance to use this item theoretically in all four seasons to gauge its effectiveness before you return it.
- Good Lighting
You can easily shed light—no pun intended—on your yard, garden, outdoor party, or home. It is ideal for use in your garden, lighting trees or bushes near the home or walkways so that viewers can see the features of a yard at night. You can also light up your home so that you can walk safely around your yard at night.
- Energy Efficient
These lights are energy efficient, which means they take no other power or electricity to use. Instead, they rely entirely on the sun to produce the light you need at night. When fully charged, the lights can display 12 hours of color changing lights.
- Good Features
There are multiple colors associated with the bright LED’s so it displays a colorful landscape. You can use it in any weather because it is weather proof, and therefore designed to last for a long time. Consumers can easy install the light, in what the company purports takes just seconds. .
- Not Fit for All Weather
The company purports that when the solar panel is fully charged it will give you up to twelve hours of lights. This is a similar claim made by other outdoor, solar LED lights.
Unfortunately, they all run into the same issues. Depending on where you live, you won’t always get the sun exposure necessary to fully charge the solar panels. Having rotational panels does mitigate this somewhat insofar as it lets you move the panel itself around to face the direction of the sun.
However, on cloudy days or days when the weather is patchy, your solar panel won’t charge. This means that if it fully charges one day, you can choose to use four hours of the 12 hour power over the course of three days in hopes that weather improves. If it does not improve, the lights cannot be used.
There is no alternative way to power the lights either.
Many customers who have complained about the poor quality or poor light produced by the product are those who live in areas where the sun does not always shine.
In bad weather, during colder months, and especially in shorter winters when the sun does not shine for an extended period of time, these issues persist.
There is no way around it with solar power, unfortunately. So any customer who lives in an area where these problems might take place needs to be prepared for the eventuality of the lights not being powered. Such issues are not reflective upon design flaws either.
- Can't Change Colors
Another con is that the colors cannot be changed. You cannot really control which colors shine, when. The different colors built into the light rotate and change as it is turned on, so at any given point you might have green shades or red shades. If you want better control over this, or don’t want bright rainbow style colors illuminating your lawn, then another model might be better suited for you.
- Battery Life
One of the biggest downfalls right now is not so much a downfall as it is a question mark. The battery life on the item, not in terms of each days’ worth but long term, is not really known. A relatively new light, it hasn’t been around long enough to understand the long term lasting or failing effects of the battery. Battery life can sometimes be problematic for solar devices which is why it will be good to see how consumers rate the long term battery life with time.
Many LED light show items are on the market today, because of the Star Shower Laser Light. That said, one of the biggest competitors is that of StarTastic.
This light plugs in and can be pointed where users want. It uses 99% less electricity compared to standard lights, and can be automatically turned on or off at night or during the day. As a competing light, it is different insofar as it can be used indoors and outdoors, also it is resistant to cold and water.
However, it does come in only two colors and can project up to six hundred square feet only.
Another competing light is the ZEEFO solar spotlight. This is another solar powered design which is similar in function and design to this light. With an automated switch too, this light can be turned on or off at night or when the sun is rising. It has two levels of brightness so that you can change what people see.
Its rechargeable batteries can be used to light an average of eight hours so long as they get complete sun exposure during the day, which not all locations can enjoy. Such a design is also waterproof and weatherproof, making it good for all year round use. The adjustable solar panel means better solar collection and lighting display. Its in-ground lights can be screwed in easily and the brightness can shed light on sidewalks, walkways, driveways, or the garden areas.
Finally, there is the Amir Solar light which is currently listed as the number one best-selling solar light on Amazon. Upgraded batteries mean it has a larger capacity when charged, so that it works for longer periods of time compared to other models.
Fully adjustable means the solar panel can be moved to collect sunlight in any direction and the lights can be placed where you need them when you need them. Bright spotlights mean your light absorbs more sun and projects brighter beams where you want. With waterproof designs you can use it outdoors all night with automatic shut off features for sunrises and sunsets.
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