Solar outdoor lights are growing in how homeowners and businesses use them. Over and above the positive impact solar outdoors lights have on the environment, another key reason homeowners and property managers are embracing solar powered lighting is maintenance. Solar outdoor lights are virtually maintenance free.

 

Aesthetically Pleasing and Functional

Another reason solar outdoor lights are growing in popularity is because they are not only functional but look good. They are aesthetically pleasing.

Plus, for areas like around the perimeter of your property, throughout your garden, and around the patio, they are proven effective and functional. They are ideal for providing light for late night barbecues, when their kids are playing after dark, or for security.

 

Solar Saves Dollars

There are numerous articles on how solar energy saves the end user dollars. It makes sense, or should I say ‘cents’, because of the savings on hydro and maintenance. Solar outdoor lights require minimal maintenance.

A negative to some is the cost of the initial purchase. It is more than  buying an extension cord and plugging in a group of lights to brighten your back yard.

And even the claims of saving hundreds of dollars in hydro bills is not appealing to some. That is totally understandable when compared to the cost of the initial installation of solar to power your home.

However, when it comes to setting up solar outdoor lights, this is a different story. You are not doing the big installation of solar panels. All you are doing is investing in upgrading your backyard, front pathways, and elsewhere around your property with solar outdoor lights. This means you can invest in them one at a time if that’s what best suites your budget.

 

Solar Outdoor Lights Maintenance

Once installed, maintaining your solar outdoor lights is easy.

A question you may be wondering is “Why do they need maintenance?

The answer is that the maintenance is primarily cleaning. However, depending on where you live, part of you maintenance may mean relocation.

 

Seasonal Changes Requires Some Maintenance

Location is a maintenance item as depending on your geographical location, some seasons may require you to relocate them to better catch the sun. And in some locations, you may decide to bring them inside for the winter.

Snow laying on your solar lights can cause damage. Freezing might lead to the glass protecting the solar collectors to crack.

Your outdoor solar lights have storage cells. These actually are rechargeable batteries. As the panels collect the sun’s rays during the day, the batteries are charged. At dusk, when the outdoor solar lights come on, the energy in the batteries powers the lamps. As the evening progresses, the batteries discharge. In the morning, when the sun comes up, the cycle begins again.

As mentioned, in cold climates, especially snow, freezing may cause the glass to break. Hence, it is recommended that the outdoor solar lamps be stored inside away from the freezing weather. Also, as part of the maintenance routine, it is a good idea to remove the batteries and store them in a dry place. This will help prevent corrosion on the battery contacts inside the outdoor solar lamp.

 

Cleaning Tips Soft Cloth, Warm Water, Eco-Friendly Soap

For the most part, all you need is clean water with a little soap, and a soft cloth. You do not want to use anything corrosive. And you do not want to use a cloth that might have debris on it that could scratch the glass protecting the solar panel.

With your cloth rub gently on the solar glass protecting the solar collectors. At most there will be some dust and  the occasional bird dropping. If there is debris stuck on the glass, let your soft cloth with some warm water cover it for a minute or two to soften it up. Then remove. It is not recommended to use a sharp object like the blade of a knife to scrap it off.

Also remove any dirt that might be inside the battery housing compartment. From time-to-time, bugs make their home inside. It’s a good idea to clean them out, if any.

And finally, ensure the tips of the connectors where the batteries connect is rust free and clean. You want to ensure the batteries are able to make a good clean connection.

 

Summary Solar Outdoor Lights Maintenance

That’s it. That’s all there is to maintaining your solar outdoor lights. This little bit of maintenance will ensure your lights are long lasting and efficient. You will enjoy them for many years while playing a personal role in protecting the environment.