The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute's tests reveal the one Solar Walkway Light that can, in its opinion, be called The Best. The Institute forwards its recommendation to Hammacher Schlemmer's buyers so they can procure the product for The Hammacher Schlemmer catalog, web site, and retail store. The Solar Walkway Light that is currently The Best can be found here.
Before undertaking testing, The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute surveyed consumers to learn which attributes are most critical when purchasing a Solar Walkway Light. They responded that Brightness of Light is by far their most important concern, followed by Coverage Area, Durability, and Ease of Use. These attribute rankings were applied to the data collected for this test.
Respondents were also asked which features matter most in a Solar Walkway Light. Based on their answers, The Best model must be bright, last for many hours throughout the night, and be easy to stake into the ground.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute then researched the marketplace from a reasonably wide range of competing product and obtained Solar Walkway Lights that possess these desired attributes and features. Prior to testing, the Institute eliminated from consideration any models that did not have a required attribute or feature or if it had an obvious quality issue. Conversely, if a sample offered a unique benefit that distinguished it from other models, The Institute, at its discretion, may have included it in testing even though it may have been lacking a critical feature or attribute.
Testing involved evaluations by Institute analysts. Analysts placed each light outside in an area that gets the most amount of sun each day. Lights were able to charge and discharge for 1 week. Each Solar Walkway Light was rated for its Brightness of Light, Coverage Area, Durability and Ease of Use.
After 1 week of charging, brightness of light was tested using a digital lux meter. Brightness was taken at 3 different time points in the process, if the unit still had battery power. The duration, in hours, the light lasted was recorded. This same process was completed multiple times.
Lights were placed in a large darkened area. The distance to the farthest area that received light was recorded.
Institute analysts subjected each light to wind, rain, sunshine, and frost. Units were then inspected for any visible rust or breakage. Analysts also made sure each light still worked properly. Along with testing for the elements, Analysts also performed a "kick-over" test. Each light was staked into the ground and lightly kicked over onto a concrete sidewalk. Any damage was noted.
For each Solar Walkway Light, analysts determined how easy it was to:
Analysts assigned a score each step, with lower scores indicating a process was very difficult and higher scores indicating it was very simple. After testing, analysts calculated an average ease-of-use score for each Solar Walkway Light.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute recommends that you consider these features when shopping for a Solar Walkway Light to ensure you will be completely satisfied with its performance:
Walkway lights keep the paths around your home safe and add style to your landscaping. When they’re solar-powered, they’re also friendly to the environment and the electric bill. Solar walkway lights soak up the sun’s rays by day and release them after dark in the form of a pleasing, consistent white glow that lasts for hours. The models automatically switch off again at sunrise, or you can use the manual power switch to conserve light when it’s not needed. With no wires to connect, the units are easy to install-simply push the stake into the ground anywhere on your property. Their sturdy design and non-rusting materials will hold up to the elements, from rain and dew to an accidental kick. They’re an affordable way to light up your deck or driveway while making your outdoor space even greener.
As with any product, customers must read and follow the product's user guide, marking and labeling prior to use.
The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute was founded in 1983 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation to provide independent testing and consulting services for Hammacher Schlemmer. The Hammacher Schlemmer Institute was founded in 1983 as an independent, not-for-profit corporation to provide independent testing and consulting services for Hammacher Schlemmer. Although funded by Hammacher Schlemmer, the Institute functions independently of Hammacher Schlemmer. The Institute consults Hammacher Schlemmer and fulfills its mission statement without regard to product prices, brand names, margins, or other commercial considerations. Decisions on specific products to test, the types of test to perform and how to interpret the results lie exclusively with the Institute's research staff. In addition, the Institute's status as a separate entity from Hammacher Schlemmer prevents access to sensitive information, such as inventory levels or product cost, which might influence testing decisions. The Institute's independence assures products are researched, evaluated, and rated objectively without commercial bias.