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Basic Solar Troubleshooting Guide

Posted 4-5-2018 | Filed under Solar Education | Comments (0)

Have Your Solar Fixtures Stopped Working?

Have you ever experienced a change in performance or failure of an installed or newly purchased solar product? Chances are there is a simple fix or a quick solution that is within reach. As solar experts, we deal with everything under the sun, from basic low-cost Solar Spot Light failure, up to your standard Off-grid solar system. Below you will find the most common issues, causes, and solutions, that we have encountered over our tenure.

The Most Frequent Causes and Solutions:

Solar fixtures rely entirely on the sun’s rays for power. If your area is receiving poor weather, or extended cloud coverage, this will most certainly affect the daily performance. This includes low light seasons such as Fall and Winter. When the days are shorter, the amount of sunlight is drastically reduced. If possible, we highly recommend using the “low” setting on your solar lights during these seasons (Please note, not all products include a Low setting option). The best way to combat low light conditions, is to turn your fixture to the “Off” position, and let it charge for a few days once the sun returns or relocate the fixture to an area that receives more direct sunlight.

When a Recharge is Just Not Enough:

The most common problem we encounter is the need for a replacement battery. Typically, the batteries used in solar fixtures will need to be replaced after one to three years from receipt. Meaning, you will receive the same lifespan from a battery tucked away in the back of your closet, to the motion sensor security light that is mounted above your garage and provides daily illumination. If your solar light fixture stops working suddenly after a year, chances are a replacement battery will provide a quick and cost-effective solution.

In conclusion, if you have ruled out or replaced the battery, it is most likely a deeper issue that is not easily remedied. We recommend contacting the manufacturer or establishment at which it was procured. As always, we are just a phone call away (877-548-3387) and are happy to offer our expertise.

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