Caring for Your Solar Landscape Lights

Solar landscape lights have become a popular trend for landscape designers and homeowners. With the popular “go green” campaign, pushed inadvertently by the recent economic crisis, people everywhere are looking for ways to save, no matter how small those ways might be. One of those ways is with solar landscape lights. Instead of garden lighting which would direct light upward and downward, costing more in energy and losing a good portion of the light to the sky, people are utilizing solar landscape lights which recharge in the sun and maintain a charge throughout the night.

There are solar landscape lights in every style and can match any taste. No matter the décor of your landscape, you can find solar lights to match. Above all, it is important that your solar landscape lights are enjoyed whilst illuminating your garden design and creativity. Once you have found the perfect solar landscape lights, the next step is learning how to keep them clean. Since they are outside your solar landscape lights will get dirty quickly especially if they are placed in a landscape bed or garden. If your solar landscape lights are covered in dirt or grime, it will detract from their ability to charge effectively while also detracting from the aesthetic appeal of your lights. It is important to avoid commercial cleaning products because they will damage the solar garden lights. The best way to clean them is to use a clean, damp cloth to wipe away the grime or dirt. Solar garden lights are water resistant, however they are not water proof so the lights should not be immersed in water. The water could get into the electrical conduits inside of the solar garden lights and damage the entire unit.

Another tip in terms of caring for your solar garden lights is to remove them at the end of the season. You do not want to leave them standing in winter seasons when your areas endures freezing temperatures. If the lights are left to freeze and then thaw, the lifespan of the material will be reduced. If they are left in colder temperatures with reduced daylight hours, the lifespan of the battery will decrease. If you want to winterize your lights, clean them with a damp cloth and then turn the switch to off. Remove the batteries from the lights and recharge them in a household battery recharger. You can then place a new battery in your solar garden lights when the spring season arrives, ensuring longer hours of illumination.

When spring time rolls around, it is best to place the solar garden lights in a protected area. Many people consider where they want to place their solar garden lights but they do not first consider the amount of sunlight they will receive during the daylight hours. Since the most common problem with solar garden lights is the lack of sunlight they receive you can avert this issue by ensuring that they are placed in direct sunlight. With this, the batteries should enjoy a one to two year lifespan.