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Solar Lights - how long are they lit ?

I recently purchased a set of solar globe lights from my local GC, I am dissapointed  as they only light up for around 2-4 hours, i have a couple from the pound shop that last all night .

Has anyone else had this problem ?



  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,300

    i should think it depends on the size (and quality) of battery that's being charged and the amount of sun that's charging it.

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Doogie72Doogie72 Posts: 62

    I think solar lights vary hugely by brand.  I recently followed a suggestion on here (can't remember who from) for "Frost Fire" lights.  I bought some path markers from Amazon and so far have been very impressed.  Even in January they were lit for 4 hours per night - and now are lit all night (as far as I can tell!)

  • arneilarneil Posts: 308

    Anyone know if you can put better batteries in the solar lights ? I have a mixed bunch , busy culling them , any not lit are for the bin , but I might see if I can change the rechargeable batteries

  • I brought some cheap nice solar lights from Poundland.... very pretty design. The batteries that came with them only lasted a few days. I brought some rechargeable amazon ones and have only had to charge once over winter and they last all night ?

  • arneilarneil Posts: 308

    Thanks for the information , will look for some batteries when out today 

  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,949

    There should be a guideline time on the packaging BUT there are so many variables to this.

    A few being:

    1. condition of original batteries

    2. temperature (batteries can be affect by both hot and cold)

    3. positioning of the solar panel to ensure it gets the maximum light all day

    4. how clean the panel is: any dirt will affect performance

    I agree with the others: try swapping the batteries (they may have been in storage a long time). But ultimately if you're unhappy don't be afraid to return them.

  • DubloonDubloon Posts: 45

    Lights4Fun is a website worth investigating. I bought ten small square solar lights (tough as boots) to line a path and they are already giving me (north east of Edinburgh) four hours in the evening. Reasonably priced - we got some cracking Christmas lights there too.

  • EilaEila Posts: 63

    So i decided to take my solar lights back to GC . when they opened the battery compartments

    they had water in them, so they were not sealed properly one light had stopped working at all.

    They gave me a refund  no probs.

    I did email Cole and Bright but the customer service is non existent !!

    Will not buy their lights again !

  • I think there are many causes. As you noticed, all these issues are easy to resolve, so much money or time is not needed. Some of the things you can do to improve your solar lights are as follows:

    1.Clean your solar lights regularly.
    2.Put them in areas without shade.
    3. Check the light sensitivity and the light duration settings, and if the override switch is turned on.

    In my solar lights’ case, I just needed to give them good clean. After that, they’ve been working well.
  • TheVanguardTheVanguard Posts: 130
    Our solar lights last much longer in summer than winter..
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