Frequently Asked Questions about Solar-Powered Outdoor Lights

You must have heard of the benefits of installing solar lighting. These are eco-friendly and cost-effective at the same time. But there are still some questions that come to most people’s mind about installing and making the most out of these solar outdoor lights.

Given below are some frequently asked questions about solar outdoor lighting and we have given the answers to some common queries to the best of our knowledge.

  1. Which is the best place to install an outdoor solar lighting fixture?

Outdoor solar lamps require direct sunlight for getting completely charged throughout the day. At night, these solar lawn lights need the dark areas, away from street lights or wall lights, to give the brightest light to the given area.

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  1. What is the run time for solar lights?

The more amount of sunlight the outdoor solar lights get in the daytime, the longer it can run at night. However, the operating time may vary. On an average outdoor solar light can illuminate the area for up to 15 hours.

  1. What affects the run time of the outdoor solar lights?

Generally, outdoor solar lamps run better during summer months, as the days are longer and offer more sunlight to generate more electricity. The short winter days and cloudy days get less sunlight. This means solar lights will get the energy to operate at night.

  1. What are the benefits of outdoor solar lighting?

Outdoor solar lights are too easy to install – be it walkway light, solar-powered flagpole lights, or any other lighting fixture. So, you don’t have to worry about the power source or grid power for running these lights. Moreover, no wiring is required for hooking up and no special lighting parts are needed.

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  1. Are solar lights affected by the weather?

As the outdoor solar light need direct sunlight for charging, cloudy days can inhibit these lighting fixtures from receiving complete charging. However, most outdoor solar light casings are weather resistant. This means weather conditions won’t affect the functioning of these lights.

  1. How outdoor solar lights perform in winter? 

In moderate winter climate, outdoor solar lights like solar-powered floodlights or other solar lamps can be justified outside throughout the year. However, if you live in areas that receive more rainfall or snow, it is best to store these lights in your home during the harsh climatic conditions.

  1. How to charge the battery of outdoor solar light?

The battery of an outdoor solar light can be charged directly via sunlight and no special battery charger is needed. You need to go through the instructions that come with the outdoor solar light fixture and see the proper way to charge them via direct sunlight.

  1. How to install outdoor solar lighting fixture?

It just takes a couple of minutes for installing outdoor solar lamps without the need for any wiring or power source. Just remove the packaging, set up the solar panel, and install the solar light wherever you want. The only tool needed for installing a solar powered lighting fixture is a screwdriver. You can install them on your own without requiring the help of any professional. However, with the help of a professional, you can get a better understanding of solar light and how to use it carefully for years.

  1. What is the purpose of on/off switch of the outdoor solar light fixtures?

Outdoor solar lights feature an on/off switch for controlling the device when you want it to turn on and when to turn it off. For allowing the outdoor solar lamps to work all day long constantly, you can leave them on. For charging the outdoor solar lights, you can turn it off until you want to use it again. When it is in off mode, the solar light will receive sunlight and store it in the form of electricity for later use.

  1. What to do if solar light was charged all day long but it’s not working at night? 

In this case, you need to see if the on/off switch is in “on” mode. Secondly, you need to check whether or not any additional lighting fixture is preventing your solar light from turning it on. Take the solar lamp to a darker location for checking if it turns on or not. If it’s still not working, you need to ensure that the batteries are completely charged. Also, try to move the solar panel to any other spot for receiving more sunlight. There is no need to replace the batteries when the charging ability is reduced. The batteries must be replaced nearly every two years or as mentioned in the instructions manual.