Solar Cattails

A few weeks ago at Costco I saw some solar lights made to look like cattails. I didn’t buy them at the time, but they stayed in my mind so last Thursday when we walked by them again, I picked them up.

I set them up in the garden on Friday morning, so they would have the day to charge, and then watched with anticipation as evening came on.

These photos are actually in reverse of the order they were taken in, but I think they flow better that way.

They come as two pieces – one has two lights on it, the other is a single light. I actually moved them a bit closer together on Sunday, so they are in a slightly different position in this photo.

Sunday, July 3, approx. 8:30 pm

This was taken from our living room, looking down through the window. I wasn’t sure how well the picture would come out, but I was pretty happy with it.

Saturday, July 2nd, approx. 9:30 pm

And these were taken from the driveway, using my tripod. It was actually quite dark, or so it seemed to me, so I was surprised how much light and  colour came out on the photos. It’s worth clicking on these photos to see them enlarged.

For this one, I was standing a little way out from our garage door.

Friday, July 1st, 10:00 pm

For this one, I was further down the driveway, looking toward the house.

Friday, July 1st, 10:00 pm

When I placed the lights by the front step, I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to leave them there permanently. Once I saw the lights in action, I decided I like it. I think it’s good having lights by the step that will come on automatically when it gets dark.

I’m also pretty impressed with my camera. Having very little actual knowledge, I was able to take these pictures after dark and have them come out. It was fun playing with my camera and tripod outside at 10 o’clock at night. 🙂

Edit 2014-06-13: Three years later, people are still stopping by and commenting on this post, usually to ask where they can buy the Cat Tail lights or replacement parts. I really have no idea! I I can only repeat what I’ve mentioned in the comments before – try which was the website listed on the box. Hope that helps someone and thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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24 Responses to Solar Cattails

  1. Anna says:

    Those are pretty. Good idea to have them at the bottom of the stair.

  2. candace says:

    Thanks Anna! I’m pretty happy with them. 🙂

  3. jan says:

    Hey they are great – and so is the Purrfect Fence… we have one two (Purrfect Fence that is), and two cats, Robin and Scooter. I assume Frank and Zappa are the kitties. And wouldn’t you know it that we were at Costco last weekend and bought some of those Cattail lights and put them in the garden as well – they are sweet! I’m off to Costco at lunch today to get some more!

  4. candace says:

    Hi Jan! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. 🙂

    Yes, Frank & Zappa are the kitties and we love our Purrfect Fence. I’m also thinking of picking up a couple more of those Cattail lights – I really like them. What would we do without Costco? 😉

  5. Victoria Croll says:

    We just picked them up at Costco today.

  6. Christine says:

    I just found these today at Costco for $29.99 On the box it said naturally solar and a 3/20/12

  7. Molly says:

    Picked up mine at Costco yesterday. They are really gorgeous. The good thing is the price of $29.99 – if you google these lights you will find them $50.00 +. Highest price was $59.99. Great value at Costco. I can’t wait to see them lite up tonight.

  8. louise francis says:

    I received them for my birthday and liked them so much went to Costco and got another set .They do look nice beside my pond. Just wish I could get into their site just in-case I need replacement parts. They do have an address so it might be easier to write.

  9. Ed Chapman says:

    We received the solar catails for agift in May 2012 and one of the carails was broken inthe box. We were wondweing if we could get a new catail to replace it Addres ie Ed Chapman Dox 266 Dresden Ontario Canada n0p 1m0Thank you

    • candace says:

      I’m not sure why you are asking me, I’m just a consumer like yourself. I’d contact the person who gifted you the lights to find out where they got them and if they still have a receipt. Good luck!

  10. Carolyn says:

    I love my cat tail lights! But one of the globes broke & I can’t get on their web site to order more globes.

  11. Ed Chapman says:

    We received a catail on /mothers day opened and one globe was broken

  12. JUDY CONN says:


    • candace says:

      Hi Judy. Try Costco or you can order from the website –

    • Constance Castro says:

      I just saw them on line at Home Depot. Unfortunately, they sell only the 2 together; unlike Costco who sells 2 together plus one single one. Costco sells them for $29 for the 3 and Home Depot sells 2 for $58…rats. Constance…Oh, and Costco Reno had them last January and they sold out right away. On September 12, Costco in Bend Oregon had them. I’ve just ask for a friend to go see if they have more. Don’t know yet.

  13. duncan says:

    do you have the address of where I can get replacement bulbs for the cattail bullrush solar lights, as I brike two of them

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