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A person adjusting the angle of a sensor light

Overview

Solar sensor lights are a great idea for deterring intruders and lighting up your entertaining area. We'll show you how to install the light and the solar panel in just a few steps.

Steps

1Position the light

First, figure out the best position for your light and solar panel. 

A pergola with polycarbonate roofing

2Remove the mounting bracket

Take the mounting bracket off the light before you put it up. 

A person removing the mounting bracket from a sensor light

3Mark and pre-drill the holes

Position the bracket where you want your light to go and mark your holes. Then predrill them. 

A person drilling into a beam on a pergola

4Screw on the bracket

Reposition the bracket and screw it in place. 

A person attaching a metal bracket to the beam of a pergola

5Attach the sensor light

Attach the sensor light to the bracket and angle it in the right position.

A person adjusting the angle of a sensor light

6Mark and pre-drill holes

Find a sunny spot for the panel. Mark the position of the holes and then pre-drill them. 

A person drilling a hole in the beam of a pergola to mount a solar panel

7Screw on the panel

Now screw the panel into place by hand. Then angle it up towards the sun.

A person using a screwdriver to mount a solar panel on the beam of a pergola

8Plug in the power cable

Run the power cable over to the sensor light and plug it in. Then wait for the sun to charge the batteries. 
A person plugging a power cable into a sensor light

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Health & Safety

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