How To Maintain Your Solar Powered Lights

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By Annie Huynh July 28, 2014


There are many reason to start using solar-powered lights. Not only are they environmentally friendly, but they can also help you save on your electricity bills. Another reason why solar-powered lights are the best choice for outdoor lighting is because of their low maintenance needs. There are no wires, cables, or external power sources required to install solar-powered lights. To ensure proper working order after installation, replace the batteries after a long period of time and clean the solar panels every so often to maintain high performance.

 

Battery Replacement

 

Generally speaking, the rechargeable battery can be replaced every two years in order to maintain the maximum capacity. If you have a long winter or extreme weather conditions in your area, it would be better to change the battery every year.

 

Rechargable Batteries


 

Solar Panel Cleanliness

 

The solar panels have to be cleaned in order for the lights to absorb the solar energy. Over time, dust and dirt will cover the panel making it harder to charge during the day and could shorten the battery life of the light. All you have to do is wipe down the solar panel once in a while with a dry cloth and warm soapy water. Another suggestion for solar panels that might become cloudy or hazy, try using some clear spray paint or nail polish to cover the panel and reduce the haziness of the panel.

 

Solar Panel


 

Proper Storage of Solar Lights

 

Solar-powered lights also do not work as well during the winter or on cloudy days, so you may want to store your them indoors during rainy or snowy seasons. Switch them to the off position when they are not being used and store them in a dark place.

 

Storage


With these few easy tips, your solar powered lights will be able to withstand the test of time. Not only do they help save money on the energy bill, but they’re also easy to install and easy to maintain. Switch over to solar powered lights, and you’ll be able to see the difference.

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