Solar garden lights make the yard glow at night, increasing safety and highlighting plants and other garden features. These economical lights run on solar energy, storing power from the sun during the day and providing landscape illumination from dusk until dawn. Yard lights that don't run up the electric bill and don't have to be turned on or off work well for home and commercial use, and for vacation homes and properties for sale. Solar lights provide trouble-free operation. If any lose power or fail, you can get them working again in minutes.
Things You'll Need
- Soft cloth: microfiber, T-shirt or clean shop rag
- AA rechargeable ni-cad batteries
Diagnose the solar garden lights. If they are new, and some work fine and others flicker or won't light, the problem may be location. Try moving the malfunctioning lights to a sunnier location so their batteries charge properly to light up at night. Use a damp soft cloth to clean the solar panel (the shiny area on the top of the light that collects solar energy).
Take off the cover and reattach firmly. At twilight, when the solar lights come on, tap the tops of any lights that are flickering or not coming on.
Take the cover off. On most models, twist the top, above the light. Remove the battery. According to Solar Illuminations, most solar garden lights operate on one of more AA ni-cad rechargeable batteries, usually 1.2 volts. The batteries ought to be replaced every one to two years.
Obtain new AA ni-cad rechargeable batteries. Bring a battery from your solar lights with you to shop to identify the correct replacement.
Install the new batteries in the lights. Replace the covers firmly.
Tips & Warnings
- Rechargeable ni-cad batteries come in different capacities: 800mA, 700mA, 600mA. Ni-mh batteries come in higher capacities. Check the battery from the light or documentation that came with your solar garden lights to find a match. Solar Illuminations warns that a higher capacity battery won't improve light performance if the model of solar garden light doesn't have the ability to fully charge it.
- Keep some spare batteries on hand for the solar lights.
- Clean the solar panels regularly.
- Recycle used batteries. Recycling centers, some dumps and some health food stores accept batteries for recycling.
- Keep batteries out of reach of children.
- Avoid using abrasive cleansers or rough materials on solar panels, as scratches on the surface can reduce performance.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images
What Kind of Rechargeable Batteries Do Solar Lights Use?
Solar lights are an inexpensive, environmentally friendly solution to outdoor lighting. They utilize an internal rechargeable battery, so they require no wiring...
How to Use Solar Landscaping Lights
Solar-powered lights are a terrific way to provide accent lighting in your yard and pathway. They're easy to install, don't require wiring...
How to Care for Solar Garden Lights
Solar lamps are an attractive, relatively inexpensive way to make your garden “shine” at night without adding to your electric bill. Proper...
How to Fix Outdoor Solar Lights That Stop Working
When the LED doesn't light on a solar landscape light, the batteries may need replacing, the panels may need cleaning or you...
How to Clean Solar Garden Lights
Keep solar garden lights and their solar panels clean so they can perform optimally to keep your garden lit at night.
How to Charge Solar Lights
Solar lights offer a simple option for illuminating a garden at night. Unlike other kinds of landscape lighting, they don't require fussing...
How to Troubleshoot a Yard Light
Trying to locate a problem on an electrical circuit can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack. There's nothing...