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Outdoor solar lights use the energy provided by sunlight to charge preinstalled batteries. Most have sensors that will turn the light on automatically when the sun begins to go down and off when the sun comes up. Some solar lights are mounted on ground spikes or stakes, and others are simply placed on the ground.
Setting Up the Solar Light
Determine the location of the solar light. Most solar lights must receive direct sunlight for several hours during the day to charge.
If the light has a ground spike and stake, push the ground spike into the ground firmly. Attach the light stake to the spike and the solar light to the stake. If the light merely rests on the ground, make sure that the surface is stable, and place the light.
Allow the solar light to charge for a few hours. Turn on the light and the automatic on/off switch.
Test the light by covering it to simulate darkness or check that it is working at night.
Replacing the Batteries.
Turn the solar light off. Remove the screws holding the battery cover on the light.
Remove the battery cover and old batteries.
Replace the batteries with new ones and reinstall the battery cover and screws.
Return the light to its stake or previous position, and turn the light back on.
Do not place a solar light near another light that is lit at night. The solar light may not turn on because of the artificial light. Charge the battery fully before using the solar light. Clean the solar panel periodically to maximize the amount of light that will be converted to power. Batteries may need replaced when the light stops working.
When replacing batteries, be sure to use the proper batteries, and line up the positive and negative poles correctly. Never use an old battery with a new one.