Originally Posted by zboss
Any recommendations on alternative warm-white LED solar powered lanterns?
Yeah. Don't expect much from LED solar-powered lanterns
I have not tried the Luci lights, but the price
tells the story. Every other such light I've seen started life as the innards from a cheap
garden solar light (including the multicoloured version), and it seems that many don't last more than one summer. The batteries lose capacity, the circuit boards fail, leads oxidize. The LEDs themselves are vulnerable to static and induced reverse voltages.
We do have a few solar powered lights ourselves - we buy a few solar yard lights in the fall when they're on sale
for $1 or so each. it's worth it just for the NiCd AA batteries.
If you can find a suitable solar light, and take a few steps like resoldering then waterproofing the board, it may last longer. Hardly seems worth it when they're available for $1.