Solar Flats from Telebrands claim to be solar powered lights that will brighten your yard automatically every night. Solar Flats says their lights are wireless, lay flush on the ground, and charge themselves with sunlight every day. Then, at night when it gets dark, they promise Solar Flats will turn on and beautifully illuminate your yard.
How does Solar Flats work to light up my front and back yard?
Solar Flats are said to be round, flat on top and made of heavy duty aluminum housing that contains a weather resistant LED and advanced “silicone” cells that generate their own electricity (they actually mean silicon).
To use Solar Flats, they tell you to place anywhere in your yard where you’d like a little more light at night: ideas include walkways, gardens, decks, and lawns. Then, during the day, Solar Flats will charge its internal battery using the rays of the sun. At night, the sensor will automatically turn on the light; they exclaim this will turn your boring yard into an exceptional landscape. Solar Flats adds these lights are easy to install and will last a lifetime without maintenance.
What does it cost for a set of Solar Flats?
Solar Flats comes in sets of 2 and lists for $10 plus $6.99 shipping and handling for a total of $16.99 If you would like to double your order (meaning get 4) you add another $6.99 in fees.
Is there a money back guarantee for Solar Flats?
Yes. Telebrands offers a 30-day money back guarantee for all of their products, however this does not include any shipping and handling and what it costs to send back. In other words, you will pay at least $6.99 in fees whether it lights up your life or not. (You must also include a written explanation as to why you are returning Solar Flats, or they could refuse your request.)
How do I contact Telebrands customer service?
Bottom Line: Are Solar Flats solar powered lights a good idea to light up my yard?
Probably not. Generally speaking, solar LED lights can provide some illumination, but not as good as ones that have a halogen bulb or are powered with electricity. For example, the brightest powered type of solar spotlight is equivalent to a 40-watt bulb.
A well-made (read more expensive) solar light that is placed in an area where it can get at least 4 hours of direct sun will give your pathways a bit of a glow but not much else; cheaper ones like Solar Flats tend to not have as good technology for converting the solar energy and don’t last long at night. There’s also the issue of the rechargeable battery – is it replaceable? (Customer service had no further information.)
Remember, this is an “As Seen On TV” product sold by Telebrands, the self-proclaimed kings of the infomercial. Telebrands recently settled a lawsuit with the state of New Jersey for violating their Consumer Fraud act. They agreed to pay $550,000 to the state, pay for an independent Consumer Watchdog, stop aggressive upselling and make it easier for customers to cancel or return products.
Only time will tell if Telebrands cleans up its act (they’ve violated Final Consent Judgments before). In the meantime, if you are interested in Solar Flats we recommend only buying them from a retail outlet like Target or Walgreens. Here’s a secret Telebrands doesn’t want you to know: these infomercials are merely cheap commercials for products they eventually sell in stores.
Therefore, if you are still interested, we suggest taking a look at them in person and see if they are as as durable as they promise. This way you don’t pay any shipping fees and if it’s a piece of crap you can easily return them.
We hope this helps you make a decision about Solar Flats. Let us know your thoughts below!
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