My Pathway Solar Light Won’t Work – Can It Be Repaired?

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

You bought that solar light for your landscaped bed a few years back. But now it’s stopped working. Do you need to throw it out and buy a new one?

Not necessarily. More than likely it’s an easy repair! I’m sharing step-by-step instructions of what we did to repair our solar lights – with photos to make it easy. 

Non-working solar light - can my solar light be repaired - #TexasHomesteader

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Landscaping With Solar Lights

Several years ago RancherMan & I made a Solar Light Landscape Feature using the rustic weathered stump of a cedar tree. As part of the design we topped it with three solar lights.

Cedar tree stump with three solar lights on top. #TexasHomesteader

For years I’ve loved the decorative look it gave our home, as well as the soft light it offered for our sidewalk after dark.

But one by one the lights quit working over time.

Do you think we have to throw away our non-working solar lights and buy new ones? NO WAY!

How Do You Fix Solar Lights That Quit Working?

RancherMan brought those solar lights that quit working into his shop. Repairing them was easy and fast too. Here’s how he did it:

  • Remove Solar Panel From Globe – Twist to remove solar light photocell panel from the globe.

Repairing solar lights - twist to remove globe from solar light panel. #TexasHomesteader

  • Remove Battery – Open battery compartment cover & remove battery, replacing with a fresh battery. Then replace the battery cover.

    (ours took only one double AA size battery)

Repairing solar lights - replace rechargeable battery #TexasHomesteader

  • Clean Debris – Clean dust, cobwebs, dirt etc using a lightly-dampened cloth. Glass or plastic globe can be cleaned using window cleaner or just soap & water.

Repairing solar lights - Clean globe with glass cleaner. #TexasHomesteader

  • Test Solar Light – To test, place your solar light in a dark room or just turn upside down to block photocell. The light should come on.

Repairing solar lights - test solar light after changing battery #TexasHomesteader

  • Reassemble Solar Light – Reattach by twisting globe back onto solar photocell light assembly.

Repairing solar lights - Reassemble solar photocell and solar light globe. #TexasHomesteader

NOTE:  Make sure the on/off switch is turned back on if your light has this feature.

You’re done! Just return your working solar light back into your landscaping bed.

Sunshine should once again keep the battery charged and the light coming on at dark for years to come. 

Can All Solar Lights Be Repaired?

Most solar lights with a replaceable battery can be easily fixed in minutes just as I’ve shown.

But the super-cheap solar lights may not have replaceable batteries. In those cases the manufacturer might just solder a tiny battery to the actual light assembly. It’s difficult to repair this type of solar light, they’re almost disposable unfortunately.

Most solar lights sold these days have replaceable batteries and can be easily repaired. To make sure we can enjoy our solar lights for the long haul we make sure to buy only the solar lights which use a replaceable battery.

No more buying solar lights over & over again, tossing them in the trash when they quit working. When the rechargeable battery stops working it’s super easy to get that solar light running again.

How Can You Use Solar Lights At Home?

There are various ways people like to use solar lights at their home:

*Small Decorative Solar Lights for their soft-glow ambiance or whimsy around their house.

*Motion Detected Solar Lights for security purposes.

*Outside Wall Light to get light where there’s no electricity such as garden sheds and such.

*Electricity Free Light Fixtures for electric-free light at entryways, etc.

*Decorative Pathway Lights to illuminate walkways and sidewalks. 

Bois d'Arc post solar light with barbed wire and brass elephant embellishment. #TexasHomesteader

It’s fun to add a decorative base to those pathway lights to make them a beautiful part of the landscape.

We also use solar lights during emergencies when the power is out. I’ll bring the light inside and place it next to a mirror to reflect light deeper into the room.

Solar light brought inside in a flower vase with mirror behind for emergency light during power outage. #TexasHomesteader

It’s just one way we prepare for power outage emergencies, but I’ve shared many other ways to prepare for storms & electric outages too:

Preparing for Power Outage Emergency

How To Stay Warm When The Power Goes Out

Why We Bought A Dual-Fuel Generator

Safety From The Storm: Storm Shelter

It’s always good to be prepared for the unknown! Solar lights can be part of your preparedness arsenal.

Where To Find Solar Pathway Lights

I found several styles of *Solar Pathway Lights on Amazon. Just make sure to get the kind that uses a replaceable battery so you’ll be able to enjoy your new solar lights for a long time!

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2 thoughts on “My Pathway Solar Light Won’t Work – Can It Be Repaired?

  1. Lee Nelson Hernandez

    I read your post about how to stay warm when the power is out. The solutions I use are to make use of cashmere sweaters that I buy at thrift stores. It does not matter too much what condition they are in. I have darned small moth holes in mine. They also don’t need to fit well. They can be remade into socks, mittens and hats if they are too small. I wear a small one as an undershirt. Cashmere is incredibly warm. Another life saver is down clothing. I have lived in places that more often than not get dangerously cold. I like to sleep with a down vest on. Traveling in cold country, I stuff down clothing into pillow cases. They can be used as pillows when traveling, but in an emergency, you have down clothing with you to wear. I always save and read your posts on my email.

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      These repaired solar lights do help when the power is down by offering light after it gets dark. But you’re right – first & foremost if it’s cold when the power goes down is staying warm. Thanks for sharing your tips. ~TxH~


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