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Replacement solar light kit? Answered


I have a decorative garden light I am very fond of, but the solar charger/led light  is no longer working.  We tried switching out the batteries with new solar rechargeables but that didn't help.  I'm game for replacing the whole thing, charger, light, sensor and all, but haven't been able to find replacement kits anywhere.  The current unit uses one small solar panel about 3 x 4 inches and two AA batteries with one LED.  Clearly I'm not searching for the right words.

TIA


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nateboussad

6 weeks ago

If you have a multimeter, I would check the output of the solar cell to make sure there is power being provided to charge the batteries.

You could also swap in a set of charged batteries to see if the lights even work.

If you are getting power from the solar cell, and the light doesn't work, then you might have a bad sensor, or a bad bulb. Some of those solar lights have replaceable bulbs. The LED ones are disposable.
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SteveR289

2 months ago

An old post, but most of these break for similar reasons. The battery eventually goes bad. The switch is notorious for going bad, as these almost always get water in them. Seal up the electonics box with some clear silicone caulking. I usually just wire around the switch when they go bad. The other thing that is terrible is the wiring and solder connections. The wires break, and the solder connections are a lot of times bad. You can use some polishing compound and car wax to clear the haze from the solar panel. I seal around the edges of the solar panel with clear silicone too, carefully as to only seal the edges and not get too much on it. If all that doesn't fix it, you can replace the circuit board if you know how to solder. They usually use a 5252 part (4 connections) with an inductor. You can read the color codes from the inductor and look it up to find a replacement one of the same value. A common value might be 220 uF for a small 20ma LED. You can find the pinout for the 5252 online, or check out my video on repairing these: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFutsEh2uHM

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ourmoneypit

8 years ago

Actually, this wasn't an inexpensive fixture. I had it out front on our deck, and the neighbour's kids, in a basketball game run amok, knocked it over. It hasn't worked since. I just didn't think any part of it could be repaired, hence was going to replace the whole unit.

I do have a VOM. Guess this is as good a time as any to start learning the basics of electronics.

Thanks.

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RedneckEngineer

8 years ago

I'd suggest looking at the connections on the unit first. I've seen some cheap lights that the sub-par soldering comes apart on them after they been out in the weather for a while. You get what you pay for most times.

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NachoMahma

8 years ago

.  Finding repair parts for things that only cost a few dollars is going to be difficult - not many ppl are going to pay $2 for a part to fix a $3 light. I'd buy the cheapest solar light I could find and use the guts in the old one.
.  "solar light repair kit", "solar light repair parts", "solar light maintenance"
.  If you have a VOM, check the continuity of the LED. If it is bad, it should be easy and cheap to replace.