First one (a 400mm solar only model) lasted 18 months,took it back to Bunnings as it has a 2 year warranty (phew) and paid extra with the refund and bought the 400mm solar/with power option, it lasted a week! So now have to uninstall it again and take back to Bunnings, this time I'm demanding a refund and spending it elsewhere on a different brand.
Great idea but pretty disappointing quality considering they are over $300.
Good light and great customer service
As part of our bathroom (x2) renovation we decided to put in 2 skylights to improve the lighting in each room. While searching for someone to install skylights we came across the LED solar type and thought that would be great for what we need and with our already over full ceiling space, having no extra tubes was a bonus. We had decided on the Illume brand, but when we went to Bunnings to collect they were sold out, but they have the EzyLite brand which we purchased. One as a 180mm round and one, for the ensuite and as a 300mm square for the ma...in bathroom. They were both installed by the electrician when he was doing other lights etc at the house. All was good and we were very happy with the result and the spread of light provided in each room. After about 10 days our son went to the bathroom and came back and said the room was possessed. The LED light was flashing very rapidly and this was well after the sun had set. We then did a quick search and found this review and noted others had a very similar flashing issue and we thought we had bought 2nd rate skylights. The next day I called the 1800 ph no on the Ezylight website and after a quick discussion with the lady who answered the call I was transferred to her manager. I told him what was happening and he asked some questions about the install etc and told me they had received some issues with the capacitor in the 'black box' (control unit). He said I could remove the black box and reconnect the two cables and the light would work fine. He also took my address details and said he would send me a new black box. Three days later a package arrived with the replacement black box. I have now installed the new black box and the flashing is gone. The quality of service and the response time I received from Ezylite was fantastic. I recommend these lights and I'm very happy with the service I received to fix what was obviously an unfortunate manufacturing error.
Failed after 2 months
Bought from Bunnings New design, but failed after 2 months Started flickering towards dusk but then stayed on all night even though solar had gone. ? This was my second one first failed at the 26 month.
Light panels died on both. Taking it back for a refund.
Ezylite Solar Skylight failed after 6 months
Bought from Bunnings in April so in just 6 months it failed. Flickered, faded and died altogether. Checked output from Solar panel and it was fine. Disconnected the stepper box and tested the light alone with an independent power supply - it was fine. Assumed the box was faulty, tested and found no output from the plug to the light. Then saw that the 'yellow' connector to the light was actually a female to female adapter covered in yellow heatshrink. Peeled it off then tested it end to end - nothing. The female to female adapter was open circu...it! Bought a new one from Jaycar for $3.45, reconnected and all is working again - and brighter than when new. I suspect the adapter had either a loose core connection or it was too thin and slowly burnt away. All you need to check all this is a multimeter.
I got 2 both good for over 1 year then do not work
These where everything i thought however both have now malfunction and have exactly the same problem flicking light. Having a look at the panels it appears as if thats the problem for both mine. I am not happy as i have a little shed solar light and it has been going strong for over 8 years. Ezylight need to investigate longevity issue not good enough for the price.
was great for maybe 18 months, so out of warranty now
had the solar panel skylight that joined up via a cable with a Diffuses type light inside (Flat Roof no ceiling space) was indeed great for about 18 months but the solar panel is cheap Chinese crap & has failed, the light now is barely illuminated useless ! after searching on Ebay I recon someone could buy the parts & make one them selves for a third of the price
Two panels made a great difference.
Our family room is dark due to having a balcony outside the window. I had previously fitted a P/V panel skylight into my hallway: what a difference. I was confident that this style of panel would provide the answer. The hardware store was out of stock of the original brand so I bought the Ezylite product. I assembled the leads and tested it outside before fitting; all OK. The fitting was not difficult, but just took a while due to the configuration of my house. The results are terrific! With the curtains closed the morning light creates en...ough light through the panels to read. I can safely walk across the room without bumping into anything. As mentioned by other reviewers there are no large holes to be cut in the roof or ceiling. It should be within the capabilities of most people who can handle basic tools.
Been thinking about buying this alternative skylight for some time now as I was sick of forever fixing leaks that seemed to continuously spring out of nowhere at any time in my natural skylight. I bought the 450mm diffuser. Reasonably easy to install. Took me about an hour, and if I can install it anyone can. Performance is good in my 2mtr x 4 mtr bathroom which without any skylight to illuminate is pitch black in the middle of a sunny day. Ezylight skylight is nowhere near as good as the natural skylight, but good nonetheless, and changes...with the changing amounts of sun throughout the day (clouds, sun position etc) which I think gives it a similar appearance to a diffused natural skylight. Even though I think it is a little over priced for what you actually get, it is cheaper than many natural skylights of similar size. I recommend this to anyone that has no other skylight alternative but if lighting a bigger room get a bigger diffuser.
I have just finished installing a 450 mm square Ezylite Solar Light into my internal kitchen and my wife is very happy with it. We did not want a normal type of skylight as did not want to cut a large hole in the ceiling plus I wanted to do the installation myself. I found installation very easy and it took me a bit over an hour to complete. The kitchen is now lit up extremely well even with very low light outside so I can definitely recommend this type of solar lighting.
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Great Alternative to Conventional Skylights
My conventional skylight was removed when my roof was replaced with a corrugated iron roof. While I needed a skylight in my dark hallway, the conventional ones radiated heat into the hallway and I was also bit reluctant to have a large hole cut into my new roof. Also, I couldn't do it myself and the quotes were a bit steep. Then I saw the above product at Bunnings for a bit over $200. The package comes with a small and light solar panel which I easily fitted to my roof using existing roof screws. Then I drilled a 12mm hole in the roof, thread...ed through the generous 6 m power cable into the ceiling. Then the 300mm square LED panel comes with a decorative outer bracket which is screwed into the ceiling ( don't need to find a batten, the ceiling board is good enough as the panel is so lightweight). Then drill another 12mm hole in the ceiling, find the power cable, thread it through and plug it into the LED light panel...and hey presto..the light comes on..Then press fit the panel in the outer bracket and the job is done. Took me about 1 hr. The skylight works even under cloudy conditions ( it doesn't cut out - just becomes dimmer). No large hole needed to be cut in the roof. I will not go back to the old way of installing skylights. PS - the LED panel can also be mounted on a wall or anywhere you want .
Questions & Answers
Mine works fine in the day but flickers like a strobe light ALL night
Same as ours. We installed about a month ago and it was working great... I reccomended to all our friends and family. Now its literally flashing on and off all night overnight. I got on a stool 2 nights ago to unplug and it continued to flash til 5am unplugged, face down in another room. Very dissapointed. I cant seem to find a contact email for company either?
Check out my post where I describe replacing the panel to box connector. Mine occasionally flashed too but it is been fine since.
Do you have the new model with the black box connected. I contacted the factory and they told me faulty soldering was causing the issue. My new second one started flashing the first week I got it, but has now stopped and is working fine. Warranty is 2 years. For me they offered to post out just the light for free as only new.
Had 2 installed 6 months ago. Both have stopped working. How am I supposed to get a refund when they are installed in my roof?
If you can find my original answer on here its explained in detail but essentially the connector/adapter wrapped in yellow shrink-wrap and plugged in-line from the solar panel to the light fitting failed and I bought a replacement one from Jaycar for a couple of dollars. All done without removing anything else. The manufacturer appears to have had a run of these failing connector/adaptors.
Hi Fiona, The outer frame is screwed to the roof. You will see a small gap where the inner frame sits. Use a thin bladed knife and insert in a corner and lever the inner section out, its held by 4 clips one on each side. The light will just have one cable attached which pull apart. The new model has two cables, one attached to a black box. The light has a 2 year warranty. If covered it would be a good idea to ring ezylight as they may just send the light section out without returning the whole unit. I left the frame attached to the ceiling along with the solar panel and kept the new ones as spares. Dave
My Ezylite has stopped working just started flickering today. Its 2 years old. Any suggestions?
One of Two things either the panel or the light , in my case I took a voltage reading at the light connection & it was showing 12v / 0.45 amps which is 5 watts so I assume the light was gone I have recently bought another light online..on closer inspection the LED lights ,one small strip of about 20 either side where not as bright as new & a few ,both sides had stopped working try replacing with another 12v DC light / globe mine was a 5watt good luck
Hello Tilly, Rod's answer above seems to analyse the situation. My own panels have now been installed for about four months and have also developed a noticeable flicker when the light levels outside are getting low, ie towards dusk. For the rest of the time they give out excellent light. I'll live with that.
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