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Old 04-22-2013, 03:48 PM
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The Ultimate Basket Lights!

Right now, ALDI stores (yes, the budget grocery chain) have these "patio umbrella lights" in stock for $7.99 each.



I have previously owned one of these for almost 4 years and they are a.w.e.s.o.m.e. for lighting disc golf baskets. They're super bright and the batteries I put in when I bought it are still working at full power today... after an estimated 300 hours of operation. So, I was very excited when I found them at Aldi again... I bought 18 of them :shock:

Anyhow, how they work is that they are split up the middle and have a hinge on one side so you can just clip them around any post. Rubber feet on springs hold them tight to the pole once clipped shut. They take 4 AA batteries and have 28 LEDs that are very, very bright.

So, if you run or play in a league that has night games (or if you plan to do so in the future), these are the best thing I've ever seen for the job. Heck, mine has seen a lot of use and I even use it on the practice basket in my yard quite a bit.

Aldi can be a little flakey about what items are in stock and when, so if you want some, you should go now. you can't beat that price.
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:53 PM
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Wow. Nice find. Good deal.
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:54 PM
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That's pretty cool.

I've found a 5 dollar option on Amazon that look similar to this one you found. Only 24 not 28 LEDs in this one.

http://www.amazon.com/Outdoor-Umbrel...s_5486451011_2
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:30 PM
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WARNING!!!

I have tried several of the choices on Amazon and other sites trying to find more of the ones like this. THEY WERE ALL CRAP! The last one I tried, which I got from Amazon for $7 actually fell apart in my hands while trying to replace the batteries.

These are great, of similar quality to the ones I've seen at Home Depot for $30

Again, DON'T BUY ANY OF THESE OFF AMAZON OR EBAY OR WHATEVER.
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Old 04-22-2013, 04:38 PM
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Ugh, stupid time limits... I wanted to edit to say that I should have worded my first post a bit differently:

I STILL own and use the first one that I bought at Aldi 3-4 years ago and it's a champ. All of the others that I got off Amazon and Ebay have been returned or thrown in the garbage before they ever saw a moment of actual live usage - they were that bad.

I could never bring myself to pay $30 for the good ones I've seen, so I was tickled pink when Aldi got these back in stock.
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:49 PM
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Anyone know if these can be bought online? Been looking but no luck. I would love a couple and don't have an Aldi anywhere near me
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:14 PM
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Anyone know if these can be bought online? Been looking but no luck. I would love a couple and don't have an Aldi anywhere near me
Try looking at the brand on the box?
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:26 PM
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Try looking at the brand on the box?
Yup, have done that, nothing comes up
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:28 PM
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I have a couple Aldi stores near me.

If I get a chance tomorrow afternoon I will go buy them out and put up some in the MP.

Good find puppet.
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Try looking at the brand on the box?
Aldi exclusive store brand.
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