Planning a big maze for 2012. It'll have bridges, i.e. a 2nd level at 2m high so some health and safety issues and therefore lighting is more important.
I'd like to use various lighting sources, but in particular some solar-powered fairy lights.
I'm in the UK and have found some nice ones here:http://www.thesolarcentre.co.uk/product ... 404-7.html
Whilst they have a really long potential display time, they only go for 8 hours before auto-switch off. Potentially they can last for 20+ hours but only if you hit the power switch again. Spoken to the manufacturers and it's a design decision based on the UK market and not the Nevada desert... There doesn't seem to be any way round it apart from physcially pressing the button. Gluing it down isn't an option!
I have been to BM before but my question is, based on other people's experience about solar lights, what time do they come on at night at BRC? I know it'll probabably be something like 7ish but if someone's got a more solid answer that's going to help.
Also, what time is there sufficient light before sunrise to not need lighting? In other words, when do solar lights auto detect they should switch off? I'm assuming it's more than an 8-hour duration.
I might be able to still use these lights if I go to the maze every night some time before 8 hours prior to sunrise and "reset the counter" by pressing the button. They automatically come on when it starts getting dark so covered for the first part of the night - just would need to schedule a visit some time during the night.
Any thoughts appreciated, timings etc. Ditto, if anyone knows of a similar product in the US that works all night (auto-switch on a plus!) on solar power, then feel free to point me at those. Will also look into other lights with batteries, larger power sources, but keen to be as green as possible.
Cheese Simon, UK