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Hampton Bay Black Solar Outdoor LED 70 Lumen Spotlight
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Hampton Bay

Black Solar Outdoor LED 70 Lumen Spotlight

  • Heavy-duty cast-aluminum construction
  • 70-lumen output in high mode; 56 in low mode
  • Energy-efficient, solar-powered LED lighting
$42.97 /each

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Hampton Bay's Outdoor Solar LED Spotlight has no wiring required. Install in sun or shade with removable solar panel. Built to last.

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How can I prevent water accumulation within the light fixture?

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September 3, 2014
I have had several of these lights for a few months. Some of them seem to have accumulated water within the fixture and no longer provide very much light. The reflective coating inside has turned black. How can I prevent this?
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September 9, 2016
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I siliconed the lens of the fixture before I installed it, but didn't remove the lens because it is sealed with an O-ring. I can't vouch for the effectiveness of the O-ring, so that may need to be supplemented with silicone as well. It still collects droplets of water on inside of the glass. I'm beginning to think this is condensation.The LEDs do generate some heat. I'm using this mounted to the side of Read More
I siliconed the lens of the fixture before I installed it, but didn't remove the lens because it is sealed with an O-ring. I can't vouch for the effectiveness of the O-ring, so that may need to be supplemented with silicone as well. It still collects droplets of water on inside of the glass. I'm beginning to think this is condensation.The LEDs do generate some heat. I'm using this mounted to the side of a post to light up a small sign. The glass lens does face up. My next step is to open the fixture up again and drill some small holes in the plastic reflector to divert water away from the LEDs. Condensation is no big deal unless it shorts out the LEDs. I'm also going to drill some drain holes in the back of the fixture to drain it. Every installation will require different methods of drainage. You have to pay attention to detail. Read Less
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February 29, 2016
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You can't. I bought three units and before placing them outside, I meticulously caulked every possible place where water could enter. Six months later, all three have failed.
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December 14, 2015
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Sounds bad. Surprised the light hasn't shorted out yet.
I would check the outside for holes.If there are holes smear some silicone caulking over them. I thought where the glass attached I saw screws holding it together. If it comes off take off the glass and put some silicone sealant smeared around the outer edge and then replace the glass after you are sure the inside of the light has had time to dry.
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August 29, 2015
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I bought mine late last year (2014) and it has worked flawlessly until the past 4 months. It began to retain water. I emptied it and put in a gasket to seal the glass and metal ring. It is placed at my son's gravesite, which is an hour away. So I only see it when I go down to visit friends and my son's grave, which is about once a month. About a month ago I happened to check on it in the evening and saw Read More
I bought mine late last year (2014) and it has worked flawlessly until the past 4 months. It began to retain water. I emptied it and put in a gasket to seal the glass and metal ring. It is placed at my son's gravesite, which is an hour away. So I only see it when I go down to visit friends and my son's grave, which is about once a month. About a month ago I happened to check on it in the evening and saw that it was still retaining water.
I brought it back home and did like other DIYer's on here - I used silicone caulking on the inside and outside of the glass and ring. Sealed it up completely tight. Last week a family member told me the light was not as bright when they visited the grave the night before. I went down to see the light, and sure enough, it had about 4 teaspoons of water sitting in the bulb part. I took it back home once again, scraped the caulking off completely, emptied the water, and this time lifted the bulb out. There was even more water behind it, about another 4 teaspoons. And it was clear that one of the lights was burnt out, as I covered the solar panel, only one of the light panels lit up.
I will now be contacting the manufacturer. This cost nearly $60 when I purchased it. I expected it to last a considerably long time. In fact, I fully expected to have to buy new rechargeable batteries more than anything else. I never anticipated having to replace the bulb(s) (which are not really bulbs and can't simply be replaced), and certainly not within 8-10 months of purchase.
I know this doesn't answer the original question. But I thought I would share my experience, as it is very much in line with what others seem to be dealing with.
At the same time, I can say that caulking doesn't always fix the problem. I don't see how, as it goes against common sense, but it did not. So I have no solution. Maybe Hampton Bay will replace it, as it is well within the 2-year period. We'll just have to see...
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November 17, 2014
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Hi,
Sorry to hear about this. I had some and they did the same thing.
If the LEDs are still working you can dry out the inside then seal the bezel with silicone. It may work depending on your attention to detail doing the silicone.
Honestly the best thing to do is take them apart and look at how they work. It's interesting to see how simple they really are.
You can then build your own if you are into Read More
Hi,
Sorry to hear about this. I had some and they did the same thing.
If the LEDs are still working you can dry out the inside then seal the bezel with silicone. It may work depending on your attention to detail doing the silicone.
Honestly the best thing to do is take them apart and look at how they work. It's interesting to see how simple they really are.
You can then build your own if you are into tinkering, or buy the Malibu Solar Spotlight: 54 Lumen, also available at Home Depot. Read Less
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October 21, 2014
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I took the 3 little screws out of the front lens and emptied the water, Then put back together and put a small bead of clear silicone around the lens. So far so good. All 3 of mine filled with water too!
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September 15, 2014
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There should not be water accumulation within the fixture. There may be an unprotected seal. Please call our customer service line at 1-866-897-2098 so we can further assist you.
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September 12, 2014
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Dear Valued Home Depot Customer,
We reached out to the MFG for more information and find their response below.
"These lights should be kept away from sprinklers, as well as during raining season they should be stored away."
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Is it possible to connect or splice a light-to-solar panel extension cord to this unit, so as to have greater than the supplied 4 feet?

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I bet you could. Its only low voltage so its worth a shot. The only concern you have is that the longer the line the more voltage drop you will have so less voltage getting to the bulb/electronics. Heavier gauge wire may counteract that problem.
Thought of doing the same thing myself so the panel could be put further out of sight or up by the roof even.
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Sure, assuming that the extra amount of wire (and thus the increased electrical resistance) would not negatively affect LED bulb performance (probably unlikely if kept below 6 to 8 ft.) . Then splice in the extension using OUTDOOR-rated, multi-strand, low voltage wiring and water-proof connectors (nuts, butt-connectors or shrink tubing) and make sure you keep the same positive/negative wiring connections Read More
Sure, assuming that the extra amount of wire (and thus the increased electrical resistance) would not negatively affect LED bulb performance (probably unlikely if kept below 6 to 8 ft.) . Then splice in the extension using OUTDOOR-rated, multi-strand, low voltage wiring and water-proof connectors (nuts, butt-connectors or shrink tubing) and make sure you keep the same positive/negative wiring connections at both ends of the extension. Read Less
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November 17, 2014
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Hi there,
Yeah, you can do that. Just remember that with DC electricity you will experience a voltage drop with longer wires. With this in mind, adding 10 ft should not be a problem. Also, make sure to weather proof the wire splice. A soldered connection with heat shrink to seal it up should work.
Have fun ;)
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September 15, 2014
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It is possible, as mentioned in the previous response, however, doing so will void any type of warranty provided for this product.
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June 27, 2014
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Hey BobK,
You can splice wire to make the supply line longer, just make sure that your connections are water-tight and the wire is of the same gauge and construction.
As long as the wire extension won't be too long, say over 25 feet, then you'll be fine.
This is so the wire can work effectively and for a long time.
Joseph
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Wire repair

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Denver, CO
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December 9, 2014
A neighbor kid cut the wires in 4 places and I am trying to repair. I tried taping but the lights do not work all the time. I am looking at buying waterproof wire connectors but I do not know the size of the wire. I need to know so that I can buy the right size connector/nut. The light is ~30 days old so I want to try to make it last. Thanks.
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With low voltage wiring, the best thing you can do is solder the connections and then shrink tube over them. Low voltage DC wiring is prone to corrosion at twisted connections and the low voltage has trouble bridging the corrosion. Soldering is quite easy with a small learning curve before you master it.
The wires are quite small. You can buy very small regular wire nuts and fill them with silicone
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With low voltage wiring, the best thing you can do is solder the connections and then shrink tube over them. Low voltage DC wiring is prone to corrosion at twisted connections and the low voltage has trouble bridging the corrosion. Soldering is quite easy with a small learning curve before you master it.
The wires are quite small. You can buy very small regular wire nuts and fill them with silicone yourself. Even hot glue may work. This would be ugly.
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These are pretty small gauge wires carrying low voltage. I have splice kits that my company uses outdoors for the last fifty years and thats what I would use. Since you may not have access to phone company splice equipment I would try using splices that are used in auto/marine wiring.
It would make more sense to get rid of some of the splices and replace some of the wire so you only have two splices. One
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These are pretty small gauge wires carrying low voltage. I have splice kits that my company uses outdoors for the last fifty years and thats what I would use. Since you may not have access to phone company splice equipment I would try using splices that are used in auto/marine wiring.
It would make more sense to get rid of some of the splices and replace some of the wire so you only have two splices. One at each end closest to each part of the equipment. When splicing give yourself plenty of extra wire to work with- makes the job easier.
On further thought I would take the light and battery holder apart and just solder in a new length of wire.
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Low voltage wire is usually 18 or 20 "gauge". You should be able to find "waterproof", low-voltage wire nuts in the sprinkler section, where they are used to connect and/or splice low voltage sprinkler valve controller wires. You could also solder/splice the wires back together using appropriately sized waterproof shrink tubing over each splice or use waterproof butt-crimp connectors. If Home Depot does Read More
Low voltage wire is usually 18 or 20 "gauge". You should be able to find "waterproof", low-voltage wire nuts in the sprinkler section, where they are used to connect and/or splice low voltage sprinkler valve controller wires. You could also solder/splice the wires back together using appropriately sized waterproof shrink tubing over each splice or use waterproof butt-crimp connectors. If Home Depot does not have some in their electrical dept. than a battery or boat shop would probably carry them. Read Less
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How do I get a replacement lense?

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October 21, 2016
Tried looking up Hampton Bay parts with no results.
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October 22, 2016
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Hi Jerry, and thank you for your recent inquiry with The Home Depot. Unfortunately replacement lenses are not sold as separate items at homedepot.com. However, it might be available through the manufacturer, Hampton Bay at 877-527-0313 option 2, please have your Model# ready. We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you in the future. Thank you for shopping Home Depot.
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Black Solar Outdoor LED 70 Lumen Spotlight is rated 3.1 out of 5 by 82.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works good I have placed it in front of my shed front door and it illuminates the shed all night. I use it to discourage any intruders. It provides Light over a large area over my 10x16 shed.
Date published: 2016-08-31
Rated 2 out of 5 by from This light is just working out for the use I wanted - to brighten up my front door during the hol... This light is just working out for the use I wanted - to brighten up my front door during the holidays. It is not bright at all - I really need several of these unfortunately.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from More Lumens The unit works great but to properly light a US FLAG I should have purchased a product with higher lumens.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Spot Light! I was skeptical that this light would work. My neighbors have LED lights that just glow and don't emit much light, but I thought I'd give this one a try. I installed the light under a tree in a place that gets morning sun and is mostly shady the rest of the day. The first night I forgot to check it to see if it was working. I got up at 5am the next morning and it was still on and very bright. I remembered to check it the next night and it was almost as bright as my electrical spots. Really. I love that it is so portable. You can just pick it up and move it anywhere. Also, the solar panel has it's own post and can be moved away from where the light is installed if you need to optimize the sun exposure to the panel. Don't need to purchase an expensive timer and install the electrical wire. Don't need an outdoor electrical outlet to plug it into. How great is that? I read the review where the rating was "1". Perhaps the buyer didn't realize that on the back side of the solar panel there is AN OFF SWITCH, that also has 2 time adjustments options of 6 or 10 hours. SO REMEMBER TO TURN ON THE SOLAR PANEL! I've only had it a few days, so only time will tell how durable it is to weather. I noticed that the top of the light filled with water after my sprinklers ran, so I tilted it down a little until the water ran out.
Date published: 2016-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SUPER BRIGHT Spotlight! We were told that solar lights couldn't put out enough light to be used as spotlights for trees. They are a MUCH more economical option for spotlights though, so we decided to at least try the strongest solar spotlight that we could get at Home Depot. IT WORKS GREAT!! This is almost TOO bright! But we love that there are two power levels, so we can use a few less lumens and get light longer! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!
Date published: 2016-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very happy with this purchase; I have had the product in constant use since 07/15/16. After 5 mon... Very happy with this purchase; I have had the product in constant use since 07/15/16. After 5 months use, I've had absolutely no issues. For maximum duration of lighting, it is important that the solar panel be exposed to the maximum amount of sunlight. On cloudy days, or in shaded areas, the duration of lighting will be reduced because the batteries have not been fully charged. I keep a spare set of batteries, that I have externally charged, to substitute on such occasions. A plus is the 4 foot cord, allowing separation between the solar panel and the light itself.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I exchanged the defective unit I had purchased for an identical one. The second unit began malfun... I exchanged the defective unit I had purchased for an identical one. The second unit began malfunctioning in a similar manner after a few days. It would light at dusk for a while, then go out. Each time this happened last night, moving the switch caused it to re-light (and brightly) for an hour or less. After doing this 3 or 4 times I gave up. Based on my experience with two of these units, plus that of some of the other reviewers, appears to be a defect within the electronics, not a lack of charge. I will be returning this second unit for a refund.
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The first unit I purchased was defective right out of the box, sometimes working, sometimes not, ... The first unit I purchased was defective right out of the box, sometimes working, sometimes not, failing to operate in the same manner as described by other reviewers. Since some reviewers indicated theirs worked well, I exchanged mine for an identical unit (same model), and this second unit has worked flawlessly in freezing temperatures for the first two nights. If it continues to perform well over time, I would probably rate it "4 stars". Although not as bright as a plug-in spotlight, it produces a decent amount of light.
Date published: 2016-12-11
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