Tip toeing off the grid with the ordering today of this approx. 450 lumen LED array light. Solar powered, Lithium polymer battery, and its advertised to provide up to six hours of light.
For $60, delivered, and returnable to any Costco store if I'm not satisfied it doesn't feel risky to take this step. After all, I'm a fan of the dim and small scale solar/nicad lights I have all over the place: hanging lanterns, tiki torches modeling flickering flames, deck/step lights and even a life-size resin squirrel illuminated from within.
I could even locate the LED array inside the shed, garage, crawlspace or home while locating the solar panel facing the southern sky. However, I plan to place it on a 4" x 4" post near the driveway, in order to illuminate the driveway, parking area and house number on the post. I am out in the sticks, with the hicks, and boy-o-boy is it dark at night in this neck of the woods. If it performs well in this location replacement of more "on-the-grid" lights may follow.
I enjoy the convenience of motion activated switching. And, I relish the independence from the electric utility.
Anyone already tried one of these?
Will a large scale solar panel array follow? I need some more baby steps in that direction just now. Maybe down the road (which makes me think of the Cormac McCarthy book in which light would attract trouble...).