SoLite Solar Cockpit Lights

Many readers have had problems with these lights rusting and otherwise not lasting. I recommend the Luci Lights instead — we have two and I love them! Read more about them here, and about the Luci Lux and Aura here.

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  • tami
    Posted at 06 December 2012 Reply

    in re: rechargeable batteries

    these batteries have ‘memory.’ They hold charge better and last longer if you completely discharge and then completely recharge them from time to time.

  • Julie
    Posted at 10 December 2012 Reply

    Hello Boat Galley!

    Hampton Bay also makes a hanging solar light bulb through Home Depot. The bulb was $8 and works fantastic! However the Home Depot in the FL keys only got them in as a promo/seasonal item 🙁 all of us cruisers are trying to convince then to bring them back. Keep up the great work BG.

  • Julie Anderson
    Posted at 30 July 2013 Reply

    We love our solar bulbs!

  • Janet Bessent
    Posted at 30 July 2013 Reply

    These are amazing and last much longer than you think they will . We have several on the boat – highly recommend them.

  • Kathy Haslam
    Posted at 30 July 2013 Reply

    Love ours!

  • Cheryl Geeting
    Posted at 30 July 2013 Reply

    I remember reading your post about this last year … I asked Santa for one and I´m still waiting! =)

  • Alice McKenzie
    Posted at 30 July 2013 Reply

    Placed my order — now there are ony 7 left at Amazon

  • Lewis Keizer
    Posted at 05 August 2013 Reply

    Got one from Amazon and it died and stopped working after one day. Tried to get exchange, but no place online. I use the Davis 12V light that comes on when dark now because solar-charging gadgets like this are cheaply made and don’t last.

    • Carolyn Shearlock
      Posted at 05 August 2013 Reply

      I’m very surprised you couldn’t get an exchange or refund from Amazon — their customer service has always been VERY good for me.

  • Danielle
    Posted at 26 September 2013 Reply

    Hi there!
    Just found your website and LOVE IT! Thank you for sharing all of your tips!
    We found these for lights and they work great! The heads are adjustable so you can literally put them anywhere you want! My husband bungeed one to the backstay so he can see while he’s grilling.
    http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90154371/

  • LaDonna
    Posted at 13 February 2014 Reply

    I have the SoLite solar light and it works well after almost a year but…..the hanging device is getting very rusted and I don’t know how much longer it will last.
    We’ve been using two solar lights we bought at IKEA for 4 months and they work great! We’ve only had them for 4 months so I cannot speak to longevity yet but we use them for reading at night in the cockpit and they provide PLENTY of light!

  • Jim Allen
    Posted at 07 June 2014 Reply

    I just ordered three!!

  • June Stein Kelly
    Posted at 08 June 2014 Reply

    I ordered 2!

  • Karen Belinda
    Posted at 08 June 2014 Reply

    We had great results with inexpensive garden solar lights. The stems that stick into the soil fit perfectly into our winches. We trimmed the other (non-grooved) end to a suitable height and voila! They work & look great.

  • June Ruby
    Posted at 08 June 2014 Reply

    We bought one of these and the hanger rusted in in time.

  • Lewis Stewart Keizer
    Posted at 08 June 2014 Reply

    I bought a SoLight and it stopped working in two days. Couldn’t revive it. Contacted the company. No response. Just sayin’…

  • Windsong II
    Posted at 08 June 2014 Reply

    We really enjoy reading your website. We are commuter cruisers from Canada. We use a few $.99 solar yard lights around the boat, we try to use ones that will stay on all night so we are more visible in an anchorage. For cockpit use at night we have an LED light in our arch (Hunter boat) that works well, also Hunter supplies a nice light on the pedestal that is directed down onto the cockpit tables for dinning. With LED lighting the draw is so little it does not have to be self contained, it can run off the house batteries and be recharged off a big solar panel during the day in a few seconds.
    Bob & Sherry

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