Frequently Asked Questions
for the Motion-Activated Dual Head Solar Security Light
1) What is included with this light?
You will receive one Motion Activated Dual Head Solar Security Spotlight with three long-life 1.2V NiMH AA rechargeable batteries, an amorphous solar panel with an attached 9-foot power cable, mounting hardware, and a user guide.
2) How do I install the light and solar panel?
Use the included mounting screws and anchors to mount your light and solar panel. You may need to pre-drill holes for harder mounting surfaces.
3) What are some good locations to install this light?
This Dual Head Security Light is useful in a large number of locations. You can mount it so it lights up your porches, steps, doorways, walkways, carports, sheds, and many other locations. You can also point the heads in different directions to illuminate two different locations simultaneously.
4) What type of solar panel does the Solar Security Light use?
The Solar Security Light uses an amorphous solar panel. It is approximately 4.2 inch x 4.2 inch and generates 6.5 Volts DC and 80 milliamps of current when in direct sunlight. It can charge properly working batteries with 6-8 hours of direct sunlight. The amorphous solar panel will still charge the batteries on a cloudy or stormy day, but it will take longer. The solar panel will not function properly if it is placed in a shaded location or behind a window.
5) What is an amorphous solar panel? Are there other types?
There are two main types of solar panels that are commercially available: amorphous and crystalline. There are pros and cons to each type of solar panel. The crystalline solar panels are able to create more power per square inch than amorphous panels; however they require stronger sunlight to generate power in the first place. This means crystalline panels will perform poorly on cloudy or stormy days. Amorphous panels do not require the same strength of sunlight to generate power and are capable of producing power on cloudy or stormy days. We chose to use an amorphous panel for this product because the panel is capable of producing enough energy to keep the light running at night and increases the reliability of the light by ensuring it will still charge on days the sun is not shining. Please note that this does not include shade. Both types of solar panels will perform poorly if they are in a shaded location as the light available in the shade is too weak for either type of panel. They need direct access to the sky to function properly.
6) Can I put my amorphous solar panel anywhere?
You can place or mount the amorphous solar panel up to 9 feet away from the light, however you must always plug the solar panel into the Motion Activated Dual Head Solar Security Light to allow the batteries to charge. The panel needs to be placed outside in a sunny area and needs to face the southern sky. If it is in the shade or behind glass, it will not charge properly.
7) What if the power cord is not long enough to suit my needs?
15 foot extension cords are available from MAXSA Innovations. You can connect more than one if you need to; however we recommend a maximum of three.
8) How long will the light stay on?
The light will stay on as long as it detects motion and the battery has power. When fully charged, the battery should be able to provide up to 90 minutes of light in total before it needs to be recharged. If there is no motion, the light will turn off after 10 seconds to four minutes, depending on where you set the TIME dial.
9) What type of batteries does this solar security light use and how long do they last?
This solar security light uses three 1.2V NiMH AA rechargeable batteries. They should provide up to the maximum runtime for roughly 2-3 years, depending on use. After that you may see diminished runtimes. When it is time to replace the batteries, you can find replacements from most battery retailers or from MAXSA Innovations.
10) How long does my solar security light need to charge before I can turn it on?
We recommend you do an initial charge of three days with the solar panel connected and the light OFF to ensure a full charge. After that, you can move the power switch to the AUTO position. From that point forward, as long as the solar panel receives 6-8 hours of direct sunlight every day, the solar security light should charge enough during the day to work each night.
11) Will the light continue to work in extreme weather conditions?
The light works best between temperatures of 20°F and 120°F. If the temperature is 20°F or below, the batteries may not function as well, however the batteries will resume normal function once the temperature rises. The light is designed to withstand normal dirt and water exposure as well, but may be damaged by hurricanes and cannot be submerged in water.
12) Will the light stay on all night long?
No. This light is motion-activated only. The dual heads on the light will activate when motion is detected and stay on as long as the motion continues. The light will turn off 10 seconds to 4 minutes after the motion stops, depending on how you have set the TIME dial. On a full charge, the batteries should last for up to 90 one-minute activations.
13) How dark does it need to be for the light to start turning on?
This is determined by you. If you want the light turn on during the day and during the night, set the LUX dial towards the graphic of the Sun. If you want it to turn on only when it is very dark out, set the LUX dial towards the graphic of the Moon. You can set it anywhere between as well depending of the level of darkness you desire before the light turns on.
14) My Dual Head Solar Security Light is not turning on when I expect it to. Why is that?
Check the LUX dial. If you have the dial set towards the graphic of the moon, the light will not turn on unless the surrounding environment is completely dark. Any other lights that are nearby may prevent the light from turning on. If there are no other lights in the area, the surrounding environment may not be dark enough. To change this, slowly turn the LUX dial towards the graphic of the sun until it activates.
15) What material is used for the light body?
The light body is made with a thick, heavy-duty plastic (HDPE – High Density PolyEthylene). HDPE can withstand high temperatures and is an extremely strong plastic boasting high strength and high impact resistance. We use this in our construction to ensure a very durable light that will last for years and years.
16) What kind of LEDs does the light use?
This light uses surface mounted 0.5W LEDs that produce a cool white color with a color temperature of approximately 6500K. A color temperature of 6500K is commonly associated with a daylight color and is different from the more orange-white glow emitted by incandescent lights.