There are many different types of outdoor solar lights, all designed to fulfil a variety of functions – from the practical to the aesthetic. The one thing to remember in all cases, however, is how to keep them in tip top condition as well as how to use them effectively in order to get the best performance out of them for as long as possible.
Although many people set up their solar lamps without a second thought, it bears to keep a few tips in mind in order to get the maximum longevity and light output from them; here are 5 top tips for using outdoor solar lights to ensure you get many years of use and value for money from your items.
The first thing to do is to make sure that – although they should be placed in a position that is convenient for you – your solar panels should be kept away from artificial street lighting at all costs. This reason for this may be obvious; as solar lighting relies on changing levels of light to operate, an area that has a bright artificial light will stop them from switching on.
This extends to other sources of light which can trigger the on/off function of your solar lighting in the morning and in the evening; the bright glare of you or your neighbours porch light can stop a solar light functioning properly if it is placed in the direct path of the light.
The second tip when using this kind of eco lighting in your outside areas is to remember to clean your items regularly. Unfortunately, the build up of dirt and dust can stop outdoor solar lights from charging properly, as insufficient light can enter the panel and be stored as energy in the rechargeable batteries.
Make sure that you clean panels on a frequent basis with a soft cloth to keep them free of build-up, or follow the manufacturer’s instructions in order to keep them in full working order and working at maximum capacity.
Another tip is to make sure you get the best out of your solar lighting is to ensure that your charge it before use. Whether you have opted for a security light, a fence light or fairy lights, be sure to let the panels be exposed to direct sunlight for up to 10 days – including the decharging at night – before relying on them.
This will allow the rechargeable battery in the outdoor solar lights to reach its full charge capacity, after which you can expect upwards of 8 hours of continuous, bright light from your items.
The fourth piece of advice to remember when using your outdoor solar lights is to store items correctly when they are not in use; this will help prolong battery life, meaning you will have to spend less money on sometimes costly replacements. If storing over a long period of time, make sure you remove the battery from the device.
In addition to this, ensure that you charge up the battery again by using your solar lighting every three months or so – this will keep the battery in good condition instead of letting it run down completely.
The fifth and final tip for getting the most out of your outdoor solar lights is remembering to place them in prime position for catching the maximum amount of sunlight. Although it may be tricky to find the right spot, your solar panels should be as south-facing as possible and unobstructed as to avoid shadows falling over the device.
A south-facing solar panel should capture enough sunlight even in the darker months of the year to be fully functional and provide you with as much light output at night as possible. Just remember – keep them away from bright artificial lights in addition to following all the other tips above.
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