How to make solar landscape lights brighter

Written by kelly shetsky
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Solar landscape lights come with rechargeable batteries that are designed to last for one to two years. When they start to go, however, the lights tend to become dimmer. This can be rectified by changing the batteries. Solar lights can also appear dim if they are not fully charged when new, or if they are placed in an inadequate location.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Solar light
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Phillips head screwdriver

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    Get Started Properly

  1. 1

    Fully charge landscape lights when they first come out of the box. Follow manufacturer's instructions regarding the initial charge. Put them in the ground on a bright and sunny day so they get as much light as possible before night falls.

  2. 2

    Check to see how much light the solar landscape lights get during the day. You may not realise that they are in partial shade for most of the day. Make a point to check the exposure at different times.

  3. 3

    Move the lights to a sunnier location. A simple switch to the opposite side of the walkway or driveway may do the trick.

  4. 4

    Remove obstructions that may be blocking sunlight from the solar landscape lights. If you have them placed in the gardens around the house, for instance, ivy or other plants may be growing over the batter compartment, blocking the sunlight from hitting the appropriate part of the light.

    Changing the Batteries

  1. 1

    Read the manual to determine what type of battery the solar landscape lights need. Most take a universal type, but that can vary. Get replacement batteries at a hardware store.

  2. 2

    Remove the top section of the light. You may need to use a Phillips head screwdriver to unscrew the top.

  3. 3

    Pop the batteries out from the inside of the landscape lights. Put the new one inside.

  4. 4

    Reassemble the solar lights. Fasten the screws.

  5. 5

    Put the solar landscape lights outside in the direct sun for at least two to three hours. This will enable them to recharge before sunset.

Tips and warnings

  • Consider replacing the bulbs in the solar lights with LED lights because they are brighter.
  • Test the landscape lights out in a dark room so that the photocells turn on.
  • Do not use alkaline batteries or you will damage the garden solar light.

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