Capsells DIY: Solar Yard Light Installation
For our first edition of Capsells DIY, I will walk you through the installation process of two of our popular yard/security lights: the 400 Lumen Auto-Dimming Solar Yard Light (above my garage door) and the 800 Lumen Solar Security Light (above the side door to my house).
This step-by-step guide will walk you through the assembly and installation of these lights. Let's get started!
Step 1: Assembly
The above images show what is included with each product (minus the wrenches). Since our installations are against flat surfaces, we only need to be concerned with the 10mm nuts, bolts, and washers. Also included are two larger 13mm nuts and bolts, and a third curved bracket to be used when installing the light on a pole. The smallest nut/bolt combination will be used in either application to set the angle of the solar light.
To affix the solar light to the bracket, simply place the 10mm bolt through the specially designed holes on the solar light and attach it to the bracket using the corresponding nut and lock washer.
Step 2: Installation
Now that we have the solar light attached to the bracket, it's time to install the mounting bracket. Because this application is against a flat surface, it will require two 2 1/2" construction screws that are not included in the kit.
With the bracket installed to the flat surface, all that's left to do is attached the solar light and set the angle so that the solar panel will face the sun. Ideally, you should mount the solar panel to face due south so the panel can receive the maximum amount of sunlight per day. To do this, I used the smallest nut/bolt set to set my angle as one notch below level on the solar light bracket.
Step 3: Final Testing
It took about 45 minutes to install each light. With another person on hand to help, that time could've been cut down to about 30 minutes per light. The installation process for each light was exactly the same.
I installed the lights a few days ago and I couldn't be happier. The lights judge the environment around them and only turn on when necessary. The yard light stays at 30% until it senses motion, so I always have a clear path to my garage. The security light above my side door is very effective, as it goes from 0% to 100% when it senses motion. That location doesn't receive unobstructed sunlight all day, but it's plenty to power the security light throughout the night.