How to Replace Solar Light Batteries

Solar lights use batteries to keep the lights going at night when there is no sun.

Standard One-Piece Solar Light Head

The solar panels within the light body charge the batteries during the daylight hours. When you begin to notice that the light are weaker in brightness or begin to flicker, it is necessary to change the batteries. Replacing solar light batteries requires removing the lamp head in most cases. Higher-end solar lights use a separate panel that moves on top of the light body. These types of lights require removal of the lens rather than the whole lamp head. .

Step 1

Hold the solar light post with one hand, and twist the head of the solar counterclockwise with your other hand. Remove the head from the light post.

Step 2

Turn the head over so the bottom is facing you. Remove the two screws on the inside bottom of the lamp head with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Separate the two pieces of the head.

Step 3

Look on top of the lower portion of the lamp head. Pull the wire connector from the battery, and pull the battery out of the lamp head. Insert the new battery into the lamp head, and reconnect the wire connector.

Step 4

Position the lower lamp head into the lamp head housing. Secure the lamp head pieces together with the two retaining screws.

Step 5

Place the lamp head over the solar light post, and twist clockwise to lock the lamp head in position.

Square Light With Separate Solar Panel

Step 1

Locate the screws that secure the light lens to the body of the solar light. Remove the screws with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Pull the lens away from the body so you can access the inside of the body.

Step 2

Remove the screws securing the battery compartment door within the body with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Pull the compartment door away from the solar light body. Pull the batteries out of the unit.

Step 3

Insert the new batteries into the solar light body, and secure the battery compartment door over the batteries.

Step 4

Place the lens back over the housing, and secure with the retaining screws.

Things You Will Need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Replacement batteries


  • Replacement batteries for solar lights are available at home improvement centers.
  • Take the old batteries to the store for replacements to ensure you purchase the proper size and quantity for your solar lights.

About the Author

Kenneth Crawford is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. His work has appeared in both print and online publications, including "The American Chronicle." Crawford holds an associate degree in business administration from Commonwealth College.