As simple as SolaRay panels are to install, there are still plenty of issues to consider when mounting them! We’ve compiled a few installation guidelines, tricks and tips from installers of our units here to help you figure out the best way to mount them. SolaRay Installation Manual: Be sure to read the SolaRay installation manual: SolaRay Install Manual as well as the SolaRay Technical Brochure.
Have a look at a DIY video to see just how easy it is!
Tools Needed: For basic surface mounting, you’ll want:
Drill with 3/8″ bit
If you’re doing the electrical connections, you’ll also need:
Needle nose pliers
Mounting Securely: All SolaRay panels ship with heavy duty toggle bolts – each one is rated to hold 70 pounds! Even so, mounting in drywall has it’s problems and as such we recommend the following installation patterns for our 4′ and 6′ units, especially if you live in an earthquake prone area, for maximum safety. Click on the image for a full size version. (drywall/surface material not shown for clarity)
If mounting parallel to the ceiling joists:
If mounting perpendicular to the ceiling joists:
Other SolaRay Installation Tips:
Bring a friend to help! Panel installation, particularly for the larger panels, is tricky solo.
Using two ladders will make the job easier.
Position panels like you would a lighting fixture! Infrared will cover the room like a light, so space the units accordingly.
Install a good programmable line-voltage thermostat. One of the best ways to get the most out of your investment!