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Shaky Tue 07-May-13 23:43:12

I am 40 years old. I know I should know better, but, I bought 6 solar garden lights today.

Obviously they were £1 each. I planted them strategically to light up our garden path. Only one out of the six works,

AIBU to think that £6 for one light is expensive and should I take the non working ones back?

DeepPurple Tue 07-May-13 23:44:34

Why wouldn't you take them back?

70isaLimitNotaTarget Tue 07-May-13 23:49:17

Give them 24 hours outside. They've probably not had enough sun to charge them.

But if they don't, take them back.
If they don't light then they're not fit for purpose.

Shaky Tue 07-May-13 23:53:43

Ok, I'll give them until 10 pm tomorrow and if they are not all lit, they are going back.

I'm a great big wuss and rubbish at complaining

Shaky Tue 07-May-13 23:54:13

Thank you

Orianne Wed 08-May-13 05:31:09

I took mine back as they didn't work and was very embarrassed when the assistant pointed out a small switch that had to be turned on for them to charge.

NewAtThisMalarky Wed 08-May-13 06:42:28

I bought more expensive ones, but thd batteries that came with them were rubbish. Replaced them and they worked perfectly.

DeskPlanner Wed 08-May-13 07:47:27

Orianne grin

fluffyraggies Wed 08-May-13 08:00:07

When i got my (cheapy) set i didn't realise you had to pull a little plastic strip out to allow the battery to connect with the bulb and wondered why the lights wouldn't light blush


VeganCow Wed 08-May-13 11:14:53

I get mine for 89p from B&M and test them in the shop (by covering the top with your hand, after turning the switch on).which recreates dusk.

OhLori Wed 08-May-13 11:17:34

Anything mechanical or electrical probably not good to buy from pound shops I've decided. I bought a few umbrellas that fall to pieces on a breeze ...

Shaky Wed 08-May-13 17:10:22

What plastic strip?!

<goes out to look>

<feels a bit thick>


HalfBakedCleverCookie Wed 08-May-13 17:12:23

Dying to know if there is a plastic strip....

Shaky Wed 08-May-13 17:16:43

OMG, I am so stupid.

There was no plastic strip but......

I took one apart and only found an on/off switch inside the plastic casing!

Funnily enough, only one light was switched on. blush blush blush

And dickhead of the week award goes to.....ME!

Shaky Wed 08-May-13 17:18:57

This is why I love MN, I learn something new every day.

I thought I just stuck the lamp in the ground and hey presto, there is light.


andubelievedthat Wed 08-May-13 17:20:27

Hey , well done u,Shakey, for fessing up ! which sort of cancels you being in your own words a total dickhead ! (cos once you were and now you are deffo not !)

SueFlaysAgainstTheDaleks Wed 08-May-13 17:21:13


Booyhoo Wed 08-May-13 17:24:39


i was just about to post and say look for a switch inside the bulb cover!

i got some in poundstretcher and put them out on monday. no light in any of them last night. had a brainwave today and checked for a switch and yes there it was!! so hopefully i will have light tonight!

DoubleTops Wed 08-May-13 17:24:58

My mum moaned at the weekend her new ones were not working... They are perfect after being switched on grin

Shaky Wed 08-May-13 17:25:02


The bastarding lights better work tonight or I really will sulk.

Especially after showing myself up as a total dickhead....


Shaky Wed 08-May-13 17:26:23

I even discovered a little instruction sticker on it, says to turn the fecking things on first.


DeskPlanner Wed 08-May-13 17:37:12

Brilliant. I love this thread. grin

Shaky Wed 08-May-13 17:42:14

I am adding this to my list of "things that MN has taught me"

At least I am saved the total embarrassment of thanking them back.

Thank you everyone grin

Shaky Wed 08-May-13 17:42:49

* taking


Shaky Wed 08-May-13 17:43:34

They haven't thanked me hmm

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