Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Solar Electric NightLight?

The Solar Electric NightLight is an integrated solar-powered nightlight that offers soft, ambient light that helps homeowners navigate their home from sundown to sun up.

How does the Solar Electric NightLight work?

The Solar Electric NightLight has an integrated solar panel that collects and generates energy from the daylight coming down the Solatube system, recharging the two (2) onboard AA NiMH (Nickel Metal Hydride) rechargeable batteries.The Solar Electric NightLight has a sophisticated Dusk-to-Dawn Sensor that recognizes when there is not enough daylight (waning hours of the day) and automatically turns the NightLight on.The NightLight includes two LED emitters requiring no bulb replacement over the life of the product.

How long does the Solar Electric NightLight stay on?

Under ideal conditions, the NightLight should provide gentle illumination throughout the dark hours of the night until the early morning hours when enough daylight is available and collected by the Solatube system.

Do the Solatube accessories installed with the Solatube System qualify for the Federal Tax Credit?

No. The tax credit is only for the Solatube Daylighting System with the Integrated Solar Electric NightLight and the cost of the installation.Any additional Solatube accessories are not covered by the a Federal Tax Credit.

Does the Solar Electric NightLight work during a full moon?

Yes, the Solar Electric NightLight does work during a full moon.

How sensitive is the Dusk to Dawn Daylight Sensor?

The sophisticated Dusk to Dawn Daylight Sensor allows the LED emitters to turn on only when it is dark outside (no daylight coming down the tube).

In extreme overcast or dark, stormy conditions, there may not be enough daylight transferred down the tube.This may cause the Solar Electric NightLight to turn-on during daylight hours.

How long does it take to charge the rechargeable batteries?

One full daylight cycle is recommended to fully charge the Solar Electric NightLight.

May I buy replacement rechargeable batteries from Solatube International?

No.The two (2) AA NiMH 1500 mAh 1.2V rechargeable batteries can be purchased at your local hardware store or online (e.g.: Amazon, etc.).

What is the warranty for the Solar Electric NightLight?

The warranty for the system (panels, housing and LEDs) is for five (5) years.The batteries are not included in the warranty.

Can additional Solatube Accessories be installed with the Solar Electric NightLight?

Yes, but these components do NOT qualify for the federal tax rebate. The Ventilation Add-On Kit, the Daylight Dimmer and the Light Add-On Kit can all be installed in the same Solatube Daylighting System.

Will the rechargeable batteries be fully charged by Solatube prior to installation?

All new Solar Electric NightLights shipped with rechargeable batteries with a partial charge and may last throughout the first night after being installed. One full daylight cycle is recommended to achieve a full charge.

How do I replace the rechargeable batteries?

Remove the Decorative Fixture or Diffuser by twisting counterclockwise. Remove natural effect lens or softening effect lens by pulling on plastic tab.Reach inside the tube and gently lift up on the Solar Electric NightLight assembly to remove from the mounting bracket. Remove existing rechargeable AA batteries. Replace with two (2) new AA NiMH 1500 mAh 1.2V rechargeable batteries. Insert batteries to the (+) and (-) markings inside the battery pack.Reinstall Solar Electric NightLight onto mounting bracket.Replace effect lens and Decorative Fixture/Diffuser.

*Recycle or dispose of worn-out batteries in accordance with local and national regulations.

What is the expected battery life?

The expected battery life is two years under normal duty cycle.

What happens if I close the Daylight Dimmer?

Because the Solatube Daylight Dimmer only blocks out 98% of daylight when closed, the Solar Electric NightLight will not trigger the Dusk to Dawn Daylight Sensor to turn on the LED emitters under normal daylight conditions.

However, in less than ideal conditions (overcast/dark, stormy conditions), if the Daylight Dimmer is closed, the Solar Electric NightLight may turn on during the day.

If a non-rechargeable battery is installed, will it damage the Solar Electric NightLight ?

Yes, damage can occur if a non-rechargeable battery is used.  Using a non-rechargeable battery could pose a fire risk, and should be avoided.