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I just put them outside during the day and then brought them in at dusk. One thing I failed to mention in the article was the use of mirrors to strengthen the impact of the light. I found that better batteries actually put out suitable light for me to read by--have to have that, given that I'm a bookworm and all. However, all solar lights are not created equally. I got some really cheap ones and in spite of the better batteries, I felt like I needed three times as much. However, the ones that I got at Costco or Sam's Club--can't remember which, were wonderful with the replacement battery.
Bottom line is don't rely on anything without experimenting with it first. You certainly don't need any surprises when things are already chaotic.