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Luceplan Solar Bud Review

Luceplan Solar Bud outdoor solar lights are made in Italy with a stylish design that will fit naturally and stylishly into the right landscape. Useful along paths, walkways, gardens or pool areas, these lights provide needed illumination for dark areas and do not require the addition of wiring.

Our Verdict

The Luceplan Solar Buds are beautifully-designed and well-constructed lights that give a whimsical mood to your yard throughout the night as they light your path. Not everyone will be able to afford them, but for the right house they’re a nice and unique choice.

For

  • These lights will stay illuminated for up to three hours for every hour of sunlight they receive.

Against

  • They are expensive and the warranty expires after a year.
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The Luceplan Solar Bud lights can light up a path or driveway.

The Luceplan Solar Bud lights can light up a path or driveway.
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The Luceplan Solar Buds stay on for up to 15 hours.

The Luceplan Solar Buds stay on for up to 15 hours.
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The Luceplan Solar Bud’s post is constructed of anodized aluminum.

The Luceplan Solar Bud’s post is constructed of anodized aluminum.
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The housing on the Luceplan Solar Bud that holds the bulbs and the solar panel are UV resistant.

The housing on the Luceplan Solar Bud that holds the bulbs and the solar panel are UV resistant.

Luceplan Solar Bud outdoor solar lights are made in Italy with a stylish design that will fit naturally and stylishly into the right landscape. Useful along paths, walkways, gardens or pool areas, these lights provide needed illumination for dark areas and do not require the addition of wiring.

This light is designed by Ross Lovegrove, a well-respected Welsh artist and industrial designer. It’s shaped like a mushroom and sits at a slant like many mushrooms. As such, it’s not merely stylish, but it has a personality that makes it stand out in your yard. This solar light is constructed of an anodized aluminum post with a solar panel on top that recharges during the day and lights up once it becomes dark. It can be used near doorways, paths, garden areas, driveways or any-where else it makes sense to place it in your yard.

This solar outdoor lighting fixture measures 6 inches across at the top and has a height of 15 inches. A photovoltaic cell powered by rechargeable batteries of nickel-cadmium only requires five hours of daylight to recharge and runs 13 to 15 hours after the sun sets, so they will remain well-lit throughout the night. In contrast, some solar lights only stay on for a few hours.

The design of an outdoor solar light is an important consideration, since you are placing it in an open area where it is subject to weather conditions, including hot sun and rain. One nice feature of this solar light is that the top of the lights that house the LED bulbs and solar panel have a UV-resistant film to prevent damage from the sun's rays. The aluminum construction and a tight seal around the top prevents the entrance of moisture. Its weather-resistant features will prevent it from looking worn and faded after a year or two, and these lights should be serviceable for a long time. It’s disappointing, therefore, that the warranty is only good for a year. This is especially true given its price. While Solar Bud lights aren’t as expensive as the other Luceplan lights in our lineup, the Luceplan Sky Path, they are still pricey. The Kenroy Home KEH-60503 is a much more affordable option that installs in a similar manner.

Solar Bud comes is mushroom-shaped light with personality that will provide a fun, fantastical atmosphere to your yard at night. It sits on posts that give it a slant like a real mushroom and have the practical function of illuminating areas on your property that need extra light at night. They come in two sizes, and stay lit for triple the time it takes to charge them. While they are pricey, they are made of durable material that should last a long time – which makes the one-year warranty a bit of a head-scratcher.

Contributing Reviewer: Noel Case