by Staff Writer
Light up your garden, patio or driveway with outdoor solar lighting. Powered by sunlight, solar lights offer warm, subtle accent lighting for your home in a way that is environmentally friendly. If you have concerns about choosing solar-powered fixtures for your outdoor lighting, you're not alone. Read on for answers to your questions and tips on installing and maintaining your lights>.
How does outdoor solar lighting work?
Solar-powered lights each contain a solar cell, Ni-Cad rechargeable battery, LED light and photoresistor. Essentially, each light's solar cell produces energy, which charges the battery during the day. Solar-powered lights stop producing energy at night, so the photoresistor, which detects the absence of light, activates the battery, which turns the LED light on.
What are the benefits of outdoor solar lighting?
Simple installation is the best reason to choose them. They don't require any wiring or other power sources, making it easy to place them in the ground. You'll also be grateful when your power bill comes since these lights aren't using electricity. Safety is another reason to choose solar lights. Since they don't use power cords or electricity, they are safe for use near ponds or swimming pools.
How long does outdoor solar lighting last?
The Ni-Cad rechargeable batteries will last about two years if you take care of them and periodically allow your lights to recharge. Replacement batteries can also be ordered from the manufacturer or online. The LED light bulbs will run up to 100,000 hours each and are not replaceable.
How do I take care of my outdoor solar lighting?
Because solar lights are powered by direct sunlight, they need to be cleaned periodically from dust or mud, so they can easily store energy for the night. They 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.
Is outdoor solar lighting weatherproof?
While solar lights are designed for all temperatures, the models that include glass should not be left outdoors if you receive a lot of rain or snow. They should not be exposed to windstorms or extreme storms, either, as they can easily be damaged. You can buy hanging fixtures if you're worried about your lights blowing away; hanging lights also work well for lining swimming pools, ponds and creeks.