How to maintain outdoor lighting fixtures in winter

Winter months are not only harsh on humans but also on the electronics and lighting fixtures. If you’ve ever wondered how to maintain your outdoor solar lamps during the icy winter season, you are on the right page. 

In this article, we are going to discuss everything you must know for keeping your Cree solar lights running smoothly.

Outdoor Solar Lamps

How Solar Lights Work in Snow or on Cloudy Days?         

If you live in regions that receive heavy snowfall in winter, you need to install solar nighthawk light or other solar lighting fixtures that continue functioning even during harsh climatic conditions. The solar lamps still operate with the help of inbuilt batteries with appropriate lighting. In case of snow build up, you can clean the solar lighting fixtures using a dry towel or use a good cleaning agent to wipe off the solar panels to make the maximum use of sunlight on sunny days.

Unfortunately, the cloudy weather decreases the duration of sunlight. But the solar fixtures do need four to five hours of sunlight to work efficiently from dusk to dawn. 

Duration of Solar Lamps during winter

The solar pillar lights or other solar lighting fixtures are intended to work throughout the year. Every hour of solar charging leads to half of the illumination. The areas in Northern Hemisphere are away from Sun and receive fewer daylight hours. This means that only fewer hours of solar lighting is received for harnessing sunlight for charging the battery of solar lights. However, the solar lighting fixtures also make use of high-end Lithium-Ion batteries for charging the solar lamps during the lack of sunlight.

Solar Panel Placement

The Earth rotates around the axis of the sun, so its position at noon keeps changing during winter and summer months. Although there is a change in the sunlight duration, if your solar panels are placed or installed at the right places, you could make the most out of the amount of sunlight received in your area. Try to place the solar panels on the roof or places around your building where maximum sunlight is received. If you observe any changes in the movement of sunlight, you need to move your solar panel to a spot that receives direct sunlight.

Storage Tips

If planning to store or shelter your solar lights, it is recommended to turn them off and disassemble properly. After that, you need to place them in a dry storage room or any other room without humidity. You can store them in a basement, a garage, or utility shed. If the solar lamp head consists of glass, you can wrap them in a bubble wrap or anywhere in spare blankets for preventing any cracks or breaking of the glass.

If you plan to store them for two to three months, it is best to remove the batteries first and then store the lights. Whenever you are storing them, you need to clean them using a damp cloth and wipe off any dust or grime for proper and safe storage.