Outdoor solar lighting is a fantastic option for any business. Solar lights are long-lasting, low maintenance, energy efficient, and can save you a lot of money on monthly utility bills. While many solar light fixtures have long lifespans, you can make your solar lights last even longer. Follow these helpful tips to get the most out of your investment.
Clean Your Panels
Your fixtures absorb sunlight through the panels, so naturally, you want to keep them in good condition. Cleaning the panels is straightforward—use a damp paper towel to brush off any obstructions like dust or fallen leaves. Avoid ammonia-based cleaners since they can leave streaks and smudges that make the panels less effective. Cleaning your panels once a month or so should keep them at optimal efficiency.
Maintain the Batteries
Batteries are important to any solar fixture because they store the power that your lights use throughout the night. Most batteries for exterior lighting fixtures last two to three years, so occasionally check on them to ensure they’re in good condition. Many fixtures use lithium batteries, which are reliable but may wear down if your panels overcharge them on sunny days.
Avoid Other Fixtures
One of the best ways to make your solar lights last longer is to keep the panels away from other light sources. While you can use artificial lighting to charge solar panels in the absence of sunlight, exposure to lightbulbs while your solar fixtures are running can damage the panels. Space out your fixtures so the light bulbs don't shine on any panels while the lights are on.
Consider Their Placement
The best way to get the most out of your solar fixtures is to position them so that they get the most sunlight throughout the day. This is easy to achieve with post-top lights in a parking lot, but you may need to take the sun’s position and building layout into consideration when installing wall-pack lights. If your fixtures don’t get enough light, they won’t last as long as other lighting options.
Induction Lighting Fixtures can illuminate the path to industrial solar-powered outdoor lights. We have several helpful blogs on installing and maintaining electrical fixtures and a wide range of solar lighting products for commercial properties on our online catalog. For more details, don’t hesitate to contact us anytime. A member of our team will address your questions, comments, and concerns.