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How to Trouble Shoot Functional Solar Light I


Functional Solar Light make a great addition to your landscape for illuminating walkways, pathways or around borders of your garden or practically anywhere. They require no wiring, making them easy to install and maintain. Overtime, the outdoor elements can cause the solar lights to malfunction and not work properly, so, this time we will tell you a few basic trouble shooting tips to get your lights back up and running properly.

You know, overtime, rain, dust or other debris can leave a dirty film over the solar panel, making the solar panel less effective and unable to soak up the suns ray during the day. If this is your problem, using a damp cloth wipe away any debris. Avoid using abrasive cleaners or rough material on the solar panel, this could scratch the surface and can reduce performance.

As a rule of thumb, you need to make sure the solar panel is in direct sunlight for at least 6 hours a day. Overtime, the area you placed your lights in might have some overgrown bushes or other items casting a shadow on the solar panel, this will cause the lights to not fully charge. Want to solve this trouble? Try moving the light to another area, this might only need to be just a few feet. In fact, a good way to test your solar light is to place it in a good sunny location for 2 days, if the light comes on, then this would indicate that the previous spot was not getting full sunlight.

Besides, make sure the area is dark enough at night. Strange as it might sound, it is the level of darkness that determines whether a solar light works or not. The solar light relies on the sensor that determines the level of darkness. If it is not dark enough, the light will not automatically come on. This could be due to a new streetlight in the area or maybe a porch light. A good way to test this would be to place something over the solar panel (generally this is where the sensor is located), if the light comes on, then this is a good indication that there is some type of light near by affecting the sensor. Move the light to a different area away from any other type of light source.