Last year I bought three solar accent lights for my backyard. I have several small lights in the front. The front ones are small and were pretty cheap, maybe $6 per light. The ones I bought for the back were much bigger and brighter, and cost about $15 each.
Of the three lights in the back, only one worked. Two did nothing from day one. I was a bit pissed about this and was determined to take them back. Of course, I kept putting it off as I hate returning stuff, and with being away several weeks in the summer it also slipped my mind.
Mrs. C had to ask a question which tested my intelligence.
“Did you pull the tab?”
These lights have a tab that blocks the battery from the contacts.
“Yes, of course I pulled the tabs, how do you think the one works? That is the first thing I did.”
Anyway, today I was planning on taking the lights back to Lowes where I bought them, and was ready to do battle because I don’t have any receipts. Before leaving though, I thought maybe the batteries were just no good, so I decided to first test them with batteries from lights that worked.
I took out several working batteries and changed out the batteries in the non-working lights. It was then I noticed a little switch by the battery contacts that was set to OFF. I’m guessing the switch should be set to ON in order to work. Why anyone would want to switch off solar accent lights that only go on in the dark I’ll never understand.
My dilemma now is, do I tell Mrs. C that the batteries just needed changing, tell her I exchanged the lights at the store, or fess up that I’m an idiot?
I think I need to make a fake visit to Lowes tomorrow. Don’t tell Mrs. C.