14 Aug '12

Solar Lights FAQs

Solar Lights FAQs

Get Answers on Some of the Most Common Outdoor Solar Light Questions

Where is the best place to display my outdoor solar lights?
Outdoor solar lights need direct sunlight to receive a full charge during the day. At night, the solar outdoor lights will need the darkest area of the yard, away from any light source such as a street light or outdoor wall light.

How long will solar lights run?
The more sunlight the outdoor solar light receives during the day, the longer the run time at night. As most operating times may vary, the average outdoor solar light will stay illuminated for up to 15 hours.

What affects outdoor solar lights run time?
Usually outdoor solar lights will perform better during the summer months because the days are longer, which gives the light more electricity. Cloudy days and short winter days will reduce the amount of electricity the solar lights will receive, so the lights may not stay on as long.

What are the advantages of outdoor solar lighting?
Outdoor solar lights are very easy to install, usually with just a screwdriver. Since you don’t have to worry about where your power source is, you can set up outdoor solar lights just about anywhere there is ample light during the day and darkness at night. There is no wiring to hook up and no special lighting parts to purchase. Solar outdoor lights are also environmentally-friendly since they require no external power supply and they cost nothing to run, since they require no electricity.

Does the weather affect my outdoor solar lights?
Since the outdoor solar lights require direct sunlight to charge, cloudy days will inhibit the solar light from receiving a full charge. Most of the casings on outdoor solar lights are designed to be weather-resistant.

Can I use my outdoor solar lights in the winter?
If you live in a moderate winter climate that receives very little rain, such as California or Arizona, you can leave your outdoor solar lights out all-year long. However, if you live in an area that gets rain or snow, you should store your outdoor solar lights during these months. When storing the solar outdoor lights, make sure the on/off switch is in the off position and the solar lights are stored in a dark, dry location.

How do I charge my outdoor solar light’s battery?
The batteries on the outdoor solar lights charge via sunlight, so no special battery charger is required. Read the instructions that come with your outdoor solar light to see how to charge the battery upon initial set up (usually the outdoor solar light will need to be set up outdoors and left in the off position for 3 days before use).

How do I install Outdoor Solar Lights?
It takes just a couple of minutes to install outdoor solar lights. Since solar outdoor lights require no wiring, no power source or no digging, installing them is as easy as removing them from the packaging, setting up the solar panel and placing the solar light where you want it. Generally, the only tool that is needed to install outdoor solar lights is a screwdriver.

Why is there an on/off switch on my outdoor solar lights?
Outdoor solar lights come with an on/off switch so you can control when you want your solar light to turn on. If you want the outdoor solar light to continue to work all day every day, you can simply leave the on/off switch in the on position. If you want to charge the outdoor solar light and use the light at a later time (such as a weekend party), you can turn the on/off switch to off until you are ready to use it. When the switch is in the off position, the light will continue to receive electricity from the sun and store it for later use.

My outdoor solar light was charged all day, but doesn’t come on at night. What is wrong?
First, check to make sure the on/off switch is in the on position. Second, make sure another light source isn’t preventing the light from turning it on. Move your outdoor solar light to a darker location and see if the light comes on. If it still doesn’t illuminate, check to make sure the batteries are fully charged. Move the solar panel to another spot during the day to see if it will receive more sunlight. Note: The batteries included with your solar charging panel will need to be replaced when their charging ability is decreased. They should be replaced approximately every two years.

For more information on solar lights, see our other solar lighting articles: Why Choose Solar Lights and How to Choose Solar Lights.

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3 Responses to Solar Lights FAQs

  1. Chara McDowell says:

    I have been searching out info on my solar lights and this was the most informative! Thanks so much!

  2. Barbara Ganger says:

    I am wondering if I should shut off my solar light owl heads during the day & turn them on in the evening to ensure full lighting?

    • cdagostini says:

      Hi Barbara, In most cases, turning off your solar light only controls if the light is off and on and should not affect the amount of brightness at night. You might want to make sure the solar panel is located in a full-sun area so the battery gets completely charged during the day. And, depending on where you live, you might not be getting enough sun for the solar panel to charge – with Summer just around the corning, that should change.

      Our outdoor owls are not solar powered, but you can probably contact the company where you bought the owl solar light and they can give you more information on your particular solar light.

      Please let me know if you have any additional questions. Thanks! ~Cyndee

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