How to Replace a Light Bulb in a Solar Lamppost

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You have a solar lamppost, and it seems to have stopped working. It could be the bulb has blown. There is a way of replacing the bulb without buying a new lamppost. This article will tell you how to replace that bulb and save money in the long run. When you are finished with this article, you will be able to replace the bulb and have that lamppost working again in no time.

Things You'll Need

  • New bulb for solar lights
  • Soldering iron
  • Solder
  • Screwdriver
  • Solar lamppost
  • Gather all the items necessary to perform the project. With the screwdriver, remove the screws from the top of the lamppost and locate the bulb.

  • Pull the bulb gently to expose the wires it is attached to. These wires may be solid wires, soldered wires or capped wires. If they are solid wires, use a pair of wire cutters to cut the wires just below the bulb itself. If they are soldered wires, use the soldering iron to heat the solder and pull the wires apart. If they are capped wires, simply unscrew the caps and pull the wires apart.

  • Plug in the soldering iron and allow it to heat up to operating temperature. In the meantime, open the new bulb. This bulb should look exactly like the one you are replacing.

  • Hold the new bulb in one hand along with the solder. Make the 2 ends of one wire meet. Solder them together. The bulb should now be attached by one wire. You should be able to release the bulb and it stay in position. Now make the other 2 wire ends meet and solder them together.

  • To test your bulb, simply place something over the solar sensor of the lamppost. The light should come on. Replace the top of the lamppost and screws. Your lamppost is ready for use.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure the new bulb is exactly like the one you are replacing. To assure this, you may want to remove the old bulb first and take it with you to purchase the new one.
  • Make sure you test the batteries before replacing the bulb.
  • Do not replace the old bulb with a larger wattage or voltage bulb. This can cause the lamp not to work.

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