Solar lighting is very popular both as decorative and utility lighting. Here are a few things to know about location and maintenance of your solar lights.
The length of time the light will be on is directly related to the amount of sun it receives during the day to charge the battery. For the best results select a location with full, direct sunlight, where it can receive at least 8 hours of sunlight each day. Shadowed locations will not allow the battery to fully charge and will reduce the hours of night time lighting. The location should not be near a night time light source such as porch lights or streetlights as this may cause the light to not come on.
Before the first use, charge at least 6 hours. Turn the switch on the bottom of solar panel to ON, allowing the light to turn on at dusk and off in daylight. Keep the power pack panel clean and free from dust and debris so it can soak in the sun. If the weather of the day is cloudy or overcast, the battery may not recharge fully and the light may not function properly that night. The next sunny day will recharge the battery. The battery will need to be replaced periodically. Remove the back cover (most have screws holding them together) and replace with a rechargeable battery.
Amy Lea ‘n Me recommends bring your solar lights in and clean them up in the fall. It is important to clean the lights thoroughly, including the glass and metal, and let it dry. Turn the solar panel switch to OFF and store them inside or in the garage during the winter.
At some point you may need to replace the battery. It is pretty easy to do.
- Turn the switch to the OFF position.
- Use a small screw driver to remove the screws under the battery panel
- Carefully remove the back cover
- Remove the battery and clean out any dirt or webs with a hand broom
- Replace the existing battery with a rechargeable battery of the same size.
- Replace the back, reinsert and tighten the screws
Remember where you stored them in the garage or basement and put them back out in the spring and enjoy them all summer.