Most commonly asked questions about our solar lights
1. Can I use any other type of battery or higher mAh batteries?
You may use Ni-Cd or Ni-Mh batteries. Higher mAh is allowed, but could result in a longer charge time. Battery capacity is rated in milliamps (mAh) and is printed on the side of the battery. You cannot however, replace a Ni-Cd or Ni-Mh battery with a Lithium battery. Top
2. What is the output/wattage/amperage/lumens of different bulbs and LED's?
Watts or amps do not measure Solar LED's. Each LED is equal to about 2 lumens (flow of light). Top
3. What is the proper storage for winter or extended periods of non-use?
We recommend that you clean all fixtures and remove the batteries before storage to allow for maximum longevity of both the items and the batteries. You may need to allow for an extended charging period of the batteries when you place them back into use. Top
4. How long do batteries/bulbs last?
The Ni-Cd batteries should last for up to 500 full charges and the bulbs should last for approximately 10,000 hours of burn time. Top
5. How do solar lights store energy and how do they work?
The lights have a built in solar panel and charging circuit that renews the energy in the rechargeable batteries. The sun provides the needed electrical energy. Top
6. How do the solar lights turn on?
They turn on and off automatically. The solar panels house a photocell that detects when it begins to get dark. The lights turn on and stay on until the battery is discharged or until the photocell detects daylight again. Top
7. What advantages do solar lights offer?
They require no wiring, are very easy to install, and run off the sun's energy. Top
8. Are there any disadvantages to solar lighting?
There are some disadvantages associated with solar lighting, so it is important to acquaint yourself with those limitations, as reviewed below, to avoid any disappointment. Top
9. What are some of the major disadvantages associated with solar lighting?
Our solar lights must have a minimum of 8 - 10 hours of direct sun during the day to charge the batteries. The length of time that the lights stay on at night, are in direct proportion to the amount of sun exposure during the day. The more sunlight you get, the longer the lights stay on at night. It is important to place the lights in a location in your yard that will allow the solar panel to have full exposure to the sun. Shade caused by trees, shrubbery, your house, shadows, porch overhangs, etc. or other light sources, such as streetlights or porch lights can pay a role in the operating performance of your lights. Top
10. My solar lights give a lower light output. Why are they not as bright as other lights I've seen?
Solar lights are usually not as bright as other forms of landscape lighting, such as low voltage units. This does not mean they are not working properly. Solar lights usually have LED's and the strength of light they give is dependent upon the amount of sunlight they get during the day and the charge of the batteries. Top
11. My summers are very sunny but I usually get a lot of snow and clouds in the winter. Should I use solar lighting?
While solar lights are designed for use in most weather conditions, operating times can vary as much as 50% during the fall and winter months and other times when the sun is not as strong. Some people store them during fall and winter and reinstall them in the spring. Top
12. What type of maintenance should I perform on the lights?
Although it is not mandatory, some people choose to periodically clean their fixtures. This can be done with a nonabrasive soap, sponge and water. You may also need to replace the batteries. Other than that, there isn't much that can go wrong from a functioning standpoint. Top
13. Do I need a battery charger for my new Ni-Cd batteries?
The batteries will be charged in your solar light by the sun. Although it is not required, some people choose to purchase a battery charger for use during the fall and winter months, when the sun is not as cooperative. Top
14. What type of light bulb is used in solar lights?
The solar lights typically have LED's (Light Emitting Diodes) because of their dependability and low power consumption. Top
15. Will I need to/Can I replace the LED in my solar lights?
The LED's are not replaceable. If the light will not come on. try testing the batteries. Top
16. I know that because the tornado knocked over my light, I am not covered under the warranty... or I know I have had these for over a year, but can I purchase replacement parts?
At this time we do not have a system in place in which you would be able to purchase a replacement lights. We are looking into such a system to better please our customers. Top