The following is additional information about installing a Henlight lighting system, in addition to troubleshooting information. Please let us know if you have any additional questions and/or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Below are a few troubleshooting tips and tricks we've learned over the years and from other farmers. If we are missing an answer or you have another tip, email us at email@example.com.
How do I connect the battery?
The battery should lay in the black box with the two prongs facing the hole and in the corner closest to the hole. Connect the black wire to the black module and the red wire to the red module. Ensure they are fully plugged in and there is minimal wiggle room. Place the battery fully in the box, use the cushion to hold it still, and close the box accordingly with the 6 small screws in the hardware bag.
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Blow on the switch with your mouth, electronic cleaner, or pressurized air (be gentle) to dislodge any dust or debris that may be blocking the switches movement.
If still stuck, use a fine tip screwdriver (similar to those used on watches or electronics) to move the switch at the base of the switch. Do not try to jam the switch forward just on the tip of the switch as this will break it.
If the switch is still stuck, open the control box with a drill/screwdriver and then when inside, slowly loosen a few of the silver screws holding the circuit board down. This may release some pressure on the board and allow for easier movement of the switch.
If the switch is still stuck, we advise moving it to the ideal position with the fine screwdriver and leaving it there for use. You will likely not have to move it often and thus we advise not letting the stuck switch affect your use. If it ultimately won't move, email us for a replacement.
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Unplug the LED portion of the system from the control unit, blow air into the port hole and into the hole of the male piece of the wire, and plug it back in.
If the light is still flickering, try rotating the wire end while it is in the port hole. Sometimes this can help firm up the connection.
Check to see if there is a flush connection between the wire and the port. Sometimes cutting back some of the plastic on the wire can help to ensure there is no blockage. Please do not cut back more than a nickel-coin-width ring from the wires heading into the control unit.
Potentially Dead Battery
Use a small voltage meter to check the batteries power (see example here). A fully charged battery should have a voltage of 13-14v, but it will typically be closer to 12v.
Check the connection of the solar panel into the control unit. Your battery may not be getting a full charge.
Ensure the panel is faced south to get the most amount of sunlight.
Ensure the panel is clean from dust. Some dust is naturally going to happen, but a thick layer can really block out a significant amount of power from your light.
Check the battery and solar cable to make sure they are getting a flush connection to the control board.
If you want to charge the battery another way, use a AC Charger (we sell separately) to charge the battery via the control board.
Note: While the best batteries on the market, LiFePo batteries like the ones we provide generally can last 3-5 years based on usage and at some point will simply need to be replaced. We provide additional batteries for purchase on their own via our order page.