The vast majority of solar lights are installed outside in lawns, pool areas, or gardens. That’s because they’re cost-effective and employ a simple method to recreate light from the sun.
Unfortunately those are also locations that lead to dirty lights and panels.
The soiling on the solar panels normally lessens their capacity to transform the sun’s energy into electric power. After a thorough cleanup, you’ll see significant results in the system’s performance right away.
Here is a detailed guide on the best way to clean solar lights properly.
The Tools You’ll Need
- Sponge, washcloth, or paper towel
- Soft bristle brush
- Warm water mixed with mild soap or detergent
- Soft brush, fine-grit sandpaper, or hard-bristled toothbrush
Step 1: Clean the Solar Panels and Bulbs
Solar panels often come with a plastic cover on them. But once you eliminate the plastic covering, they’ll automatically gather residue, dust, and soil.
Since dust or debris can decrease solar light performance, the best way to clean is by using a washcloth or paper towel to avoid scratching the surface of the panel.
Soak a microfiber cloth in with water mixed with mild detergent, and rub the panel from any buildup of loose debris. If you use this cleanup technique, you can do it once per month to guarantee that it stays free from dust collection, and consumes sunlight with no artificial blocks.
Make sure that you have completely extracted the water from the washcloth or sponge before cleaning the solar bulbs. Since dribbling a lot of water into the panel could harm and damage it. If the manufacturer of your solar lights has given cleaning instructions, make sure to follow them.
Step 2: Take Care of Cloudy Panels
Once you’ve done step one, you’ll next need to cover the surrounding edges of the panel (the plastic bit) with painting tape or masking tape. Electric, packing, or duct tape might leave any unwanted sticky residue, so it’s best not to opt for those.
Once you’ve completely covered the sides of the panel, clean the surface area as mentioned in the first step. Leave it to dry for several minutes, then apply a thin coat of clear nail polish or spray-on clear lacquer to remove the plastic glass’s cloudiness. Let it dry a final time for 30 minutes or so before discarding the tape.
Step 3: Replace and Check the Batteries
Solar lights are designed in a way that permits them to be resistant to all climate conditions from storms, rain, snow, or even extreme heat. However, if they are in an exceptionally damp and humid climate, or they are presented with heavy rain, the wires or the battery inside might start corroding. That is a direct result of the moisture accumulated within the solar housing.
You should check the battery condition at least once every three months. But, if the area that you’re living in has a lot of humidity around, I highly recommend you check your batteries more frequently.
If there are traces of white powder, then that’s battery corrosion, and you need to brush it off right away using a soft brush.
If you’re having difficulties eliminating the white powder, then you can use fine-grit sandpaper or a hard-bristled toothbrush. You can add a drop of vinegar too if the corrosion is sticking tightly to the surface. Use a circular motion to get it off.
It’s best to wear goggles or protective eye gear during this step as the corrosion might splash onto the eyes.
Before setting another battery inside the housing, you need to ensure that the compartment is totally dry, as additional dampness will just cause more corrosion.
Step 4: Prune and Trim Obstructing Trees and Branches
We all want to keep our garden looking beautiful. Most of us do that by surrounding it with various plants and garden lights. However, we also need to ensure that the plants are not covering the solar lights.
We have to remember that our solar lights rely on the energy that it gets from the sun. Obstructing and blocking it will forestall the solar lights from getting enough energy from the sun for it to function well.
Pruning your plants helps in maintaining the technology and cleanliness of the solar lights, and it also gives a pretty and aesthetic look to your garden.
Cleaning your solar lights is one of the best ways to prolong their life. And as we’ve seen, its not hard either!
As long as you clean the bulb, panel, and batteries, you’ll get ideal and perfect lighting every evening.