When you head outdoors to enjoy your garden in the evening, it’s nice to have some solar lights to light the way. But what do you do when they stop working? Here are a few tips to help get your solar lights back up and running.
Why solar light might not be working
Solar lights rely on a number of factors to work properly. First, they need to be in a sunny spot during the day so that they can charge. If they’re not getting enough sun, they won’t have enough power to last through the night.
Secondly, the batteries need to be replaced every few months or so. If the batteries are old or low on power, they won’t be able to provide enough power to the light.
- Dirt and debris
Another common issue is dirt and debris build-up on the solar panel. This can prevent the panel from receiving enough sunlight to charge properly. Clean the panel with a soft cloth to remove any build-up.
- Faulty light
Finally, it’s possible that the light itself is faulty. If you’ve tried all of the above tips and the light still isn’t working, it may be time to replace it.
Steps to fix solar lights not working
There are a few things you can do to try and fix solar lights that have stopped working.
Check the batteries
First, check the batteries to see if they need to be replaced. If they’re old or low on power, they may be the issue.
Clean the solar panel
- Next, clean the solar panel to remove any dirt or debris that may be blocking the sunlight.
Check the location
- Make sure the light is in a sunny spot during the day. If it’s not, move it to a sunnier location.
Replace the light
- If you’ve tried all of these tips and the light still isn’t working, it may be time to replace it.
Check that it is turned on
Make sure the light is turned on. Sometimes the switch can get bumped and turned off without you realizing it.
Check that there’s not a pull tab on the battery cover
Some solar lights come with a pull tab on the battery cover. If you’ve removed the tab, the light won’t work. Put it back in to continue using the light.
Cover the panel to test the light
If all of the above tips have been checked and you’re still having issues, cover the solar panel with your hand to see if the light comes on. If it does, then the panel is receiving sunlight but the light itself may be faulty.
Test with regular batteries if possible
You can also test with regular batteries to see if the light bulbs are the problem.
Q: Why do my solar lights stop working?
A: There are a few reasons why solar lights might stop working. The most common reason is that the batteries need to be replaced.
Q: How can I fix my solar lights if they’re not working?
A: There are a few things you can try. Check the batteries, clean the solar panel, and check the location of the light. If all of those things are fine, then the light may be faulty and need to be replaced.
Q: How often do I need to replace the batteries in my solar lights?
A: You should replace the batteries every few months to ensure they have enough power.
Q: How do I know if my solar lights are getting enough sunlight?
A: You can check by covering the solar panel with your hand. If the light comes on, then the panel is receiving sunlight.
Q: Is it normal for my solar lights to flicker on and off?
A: Yes, it’s normal for solar lights to flicker on and off. This usually happens when the battery is low or the sun is going down.
As you can see, there are a few things that can cause solar lights to stop working. By checking the batteries, cleaning the solar panel, and checking the location of the light, you can usually fix the problem. If all of those things are fine and the light is still not working, then it may be time to replace it.
My name is Alex Landry and I am an experienced solar PV engineer and an editor here at Tru Solar Score. I am an accomplished solar PV expert with over 12 years of installing off-grid solar systems in various states in the US. Between 2015 and 2019, I led a small team of energy audit analysts for a company based out of Oregon. I currently run this site full-time and when I am not testing a new solar PV product in the market, I am offering customized consulting on solar systems installations. You can reach me directly using firstname.lastname@example.org