Solar lights not working properly?

Here, we'll take a look at what might be causing issues with underperforming solar lights. It may also be worthwhile checking out our guide for how to install solar lights, as well as the blog post 8 things to do if your solar lights aren't working (though many of those points are also covered here).

First thing's first, we have to be honest about the limitations of solar lights in general and also the geographical limitations we're subject to here in the UK. The type of solar lights that are predominantly sold are relatively low cost, containing somewhat cheap components and are therefore limited in their performance. The solar panel and solar battery on most affordable solar lights might result in acceptable performance in the height of summer, but will undoubtedly disappoint during the winter.

Cheap solar garden lights are now sold in lots of discount stores, as well as at supermarkets, and often from disreputable sellers on online marketplaces. The truth is that, more often than not, you get what you pay for. More expensive solar lights - generally using an amorphous panel as opposed to a crystalline one, and with a larger NiMH battery as opposed to a NiCd one - will offer better performance in winter, but will cost significantly more and are not widely available.

With that out of the way, let's take a look at troubleshooting for solar lights.

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