Poor soldering quality in Control Box
Unit was intermittently flashing on opening packaging.
Bumping the Control box caused the LED array to flash on or switch off.
Test assembly confirmed the Solar panel was OK and the unit would function.
Repaired by re-soldering Control Box internal battery/cap ? leads (2 sets) and a couple of other obviously poor connections.
So far its been OK for a day or so of gloomy weather.
Subjectively works well enough even in full deep overcast....
LED's gone out and Flashing, even at night.
Purchased two of the Ezylites from Bunnings, paying over $500.00, approximately 15 months ago. I first noted part of the LED have died and then it got worse. Dim during the day and flashing brightly at night. I thought Bunnings would carry good products but after reading so many other Ezylite reviews, it seems not
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
This is not so much a question as an observation.
Many of the flickering , or fail to illuminate issues *may* be caused by the poor soldering quality on the battery connections.
Some models , well my EZSL4545 at least, has a simple regulator box.
This"black box" is populated with a small driver/regulator card. (the only electronics) and 8 (number will probably vary) square battery cells.
(These may be some sort of Lithium-Ion species... thats not the issue here)
The connection to the card are fine , as is the card itself.
The controller looks like a off the shelf product and made well enough.
However the batteries are connected in series and have terrible quality soldering.
In my case I noticed intermittency (the light flicked on bumps) as I took the thing out of the box !
So I flipped the "looks like a bad connection someplace" mental switch,
opened the box and yep one battery had barely been soldered,
the rest looked a little dry ...
A simple task to re-solder the loose leads following the same pattern as the rest.
I also touched up one or two more obvious candidates.
DO NOTE the way the things are installed in the box :)
It took me longer to get that right than to fix the thing.
The rest of the install was reasonably straight forward.
So far it works fine.
There are *fine examples of price minimisation* all over this product,
However it does work well so far and there is little danger of it exceeding any SWL :)
MY ezylite alternative skylight flickers and goes off during the day. What would the problem be and can it be rectified
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.
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