How to use solar lights in your garden

Outside solar

The practice of outdoor landscaping is greatly benefited by the use of solar powered lights. It provides increased flexibility in garden design. However, there is also the mandatory need to maintain such sources of illumination. Solar lights can last for many years if they are well maintained. It is better to go for a premium quality brand like Sunpower solar panels and not which is available at a cheap price.

Hanging solar lanterns or lamp posts will provide excellent illumination during the night. These work by using the power from solar panels along with one or multiple rechargeable batteries. Electricity is generated from sunlight and the batteries get charged during the day. During night, the LED light is powered by the energy already stored in the batteries.

SITING TILT ANGLE

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Solar garden lights carry solar panels on top of them. Even though the weather and the geographic location affect the output of the solar panels, a few steps can better the lights’ performance. The panels can be charged to 100 percent by placing it such a place where it can take advantage of eight hours of uninterrupted sunlight. Special attention must be paid to roofs, walls or trees which can shade solar panels and thus lower output. A few garden solar lights can be tilted at an angle to make the most use of sun. The panels should face south.

PRIOR CHARGING

Do not make the mistake of installing the solar panel lights directly after buying them. Charge the lights by placing them fully exposed to sunlight for approximately five cycles to 10 hours. The objective is to charge the battery to its full capacity. It is only after this period that the lights can last for about eight hours minimum.

STREET LIGHTING MUST BE AVOIDED

A light sensor automatically turns on and turns off the lights in a solar garden. The sensor works by detecting the ambient light levels. The switch is turned on at night after light levels dip below the sensor threshold. It will automatically be turned off at dawn. However, you must choose the site of the sensor with due care to make it work in a proper manner. When choosing the site, take care not to place it near artificial light sources like street or porch lighting.

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CLEANING THE SOLAR PANELS

Debris must not be allowed to accumulate on the Sunpower solar panel. Dirt encrusted solar panels will not fully charge the battery. The life of the battery will thus be shortened. Lights may also malfunction. The panel must be cleaned on a regular basis for the maintenance of high performance. Warm soapy water should be sprinkled and then rubbed off with a clean cloth. Snow also must be cleaned off the panel in winter. The battery must be replaced at every two years’ intervals to maintain maximum capacity. If your area has extreme weather conditions, it would be prudent to replace the battery once a year. The equipment can be exposed to the elements all around the year.

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