I love the ambient light that you get from the solar lights of these at night. The canopy was a blah color,So I purchased another umbrella and the bright color that I wanted in a 9 foot dimension, and put it on the stand, once the umbrella faded out in this Arizona heat.
I have searched for a replacement umbrella for ages. I couldn't find one that was the size, color, price w/metal pole and wind up feature I wanted. The 7 1/2 ft.heavier weight canvas type umbrella I previously had was perfect but the wind would pick it up and fling it across our backyard (now I think it wasn't far enough down in the base). Finally the pole broke in half. This umbrella was a little larger and thinner fabric then I wanted but I decided to buy it as I was tired of looking, I was surprised the pole was grey but it still looks okay with my small black wrought iron round table. The extra half foot width looks fine. Since I got the black color it seems to provide shade. Maybe a lighter color would let the sun shine through. The canopy makes it look even nicer. We have had some winds and so far this umbrella has stayed inside of the base. I did buy the solar light to put on the pole too. I'm glad I went ahead and bought this umbrella even tho I had my doubts. Everyone likes it and I think you will too.
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