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Battery operated landscape lights



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Battery operated landscape lights are generally known in the art. Battery operated landscape lights are typically placed on or near trees, shrubs and flowers to accentuate their beauty. These battery operated landscape lights are typically powered by rechargeable batteries, although some are powered by either AA or D-cells. The rechargeable batteries are usually placed inside the landscape light to conserve space. However, because a typical battery operated landscape light generally contains at least one rechargeable battery, the weight of the battery operated landscape light is high. To offset this additional weight, batteries are usually placed on the bottom of the landscape light. Unfortunately, if the landscape light is not placed on a stable base, the landscape light may easily tip over and damage the trees, shrubs, and flowers planted near the landscape light. In addition, the location of the rechargeable batteries and the weight of the rechargeable batteries and the landscape light make it difficult to balance the landscape light on its base, especially when it is cold, windy, or dark.

To overcome the disadvantages associated with battery operated landscape lights, power cords have been attached to battery operated landscape lights in order to eliminate the need to recharge the batteries. While the use of power cords has solved the weight problem, they still have the same potential to tip over as do battery operated landscape lights. In addition, power cords are subject to damage from wind, rain, lawnmowers, and children, who often try to pull them. Once damaged, power cords cannot be used and must be discarded.Furthermore, the location of the batteries inside the landscape light make it difficult to replace batteries in a damaged landscape light. Lastly, landscape lights powered by AC power, which is commonly used, have a similar disadvantages, but with the added inconvenience of needing to access a power outlet to power up the landscape light.

To solve the problems associated with battery operated landscape lights, some landscape lights use rechargeable batteries which can be charged while the landscape light is mounted to its base. U.S. Pat. No. 4,744,013 discloses a landscape light with rechargeable batteries. The landscape light is placed on a base, which includes a plurality of feet on the bottom of the base that fit into or around grooves in the bottom of the landscape light. Once the landscape light is placed on the base, the landscape light can be connected to an AC power source to charge the batteries. The feet are designed to be easy to slide into the grooves in the landscape light.

However, some landscape lights may not include any type of feet, and therefore can be mounted on any type of base. These landscape lights include an adhesive strip on the bottom surface of the landscape light to attach the landscape light to the bottom surface of the base, such as a mounting board, by applying pressure to the adhesive strip. U.S. Pat. Nos. 6,066,851 and 6,099,926 disclose landscape lights that have a light fixture that is mountable to a mounting board by pressing down on the fixture to ensure that the fixture contacts and is mounted to the mounting board.

A problem associated with landscape lights that are mounted by pressing a portion of the landscape light down to adhere the landscape light to a base, such as a mounting board, is that it is difficult to mount the landscape light to the mounting board using only one hand of a user.For example, it may be necessary to use both hands of the user to mount the landscape light to the mounting board, if one hand of the user is engaged with a part of the landscape light or the mounting board and the other hand of the user is occupied with another part of the landscape light or the mounting board. For example, one hand of the user may be required to hold an end of the landscape light, while the other hand of the user presses down on the landscape light to adhere the landscape light to the mounting board. If a landscape light is required to be mounted by a user, such as a homeowner, it may not be convenient for the user to be forced to mount the landscape light with only one hand of the user.

An additional problem associated with mounting landscape lights by adhering the landscape light to a mounting board is that the landscape light may be attached to the mounting board at a position where the landscape light is not easily viewable from a location remote from the mounting board. For example, a landscape light that is attached to a mounting board at a location on the mounting board away from a front surface of the mounting board, such as a side surface of the mounting board, is not easily viewable from the front surface of the mounting board. For example, the landscape light may be attached to a mounting board, which may be a component of a Christmas tree, in a manner such that the landscape light is hidden by other objects that are mounted to the mounting board. For example, the Christmas tree may include one or more trees or bushes mounted to the mounting board, which hide the landscape light that is attached to the mounting board. The landscape light may not be easily viewable from the front surface of the mounting board by an observer standing in front of the mounting board. The landscape light may be difficult to view by a user of the landscape light, such as a homeowner, from a location remote from the mounting board.The presence of such landscaping lights may further detract from the overall appearance of an ornamental tree, bush or other structure that includes the landscape light. The landscape light may be difficult to view by users or visitors of the ornamental tree, bush or other structure that includes the landscape light, from a location remote from the mounting board, such as the front surface of the mounting board, which may detract from the overall appearance of the ornamental tree, bush or other structure that includes the landscape light.

An alternative type of landscape lighting system includes a plurality of landscape lights that are attached to a mounting board, which may be a component of an ornamental tree, bush or other structure. The landscape lights may each include a housing, one or more light fixtures disposed within the housing and a connection cord or other electrical conductor, such as a power cord, electrically coupled to the one or more light fixtures. A connection end of the connection cord may be coupled to a power source, such as a mains power source, a low voltage wiring system or a solar power source, to supply power to the one or more light fixtures of the landscape light


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