Many homeowners who integrate solar outdoor light fixtures are unfamiliar with the manner in which they ought to care for their new solar outdoor light. Generally homeowners place the solar outdoor light where they think it will be most beneficial in terms of aesthetic quality and decoration. They place them around their garden, along a pathway, or around a porch. What many homeowners fail to recognize, however, is consideration of the amount of daily sun exposure that these lights will receive when placed in these areas of the landscape. Common problems associated with solar outdoor light is that the fixtures do not receive adequate lighting during the day and therefore cannot charge completely, leaving them dull and non-operational during the night hours when they are needed the most.
If this continues, then the batteries within the solar light will lose their lifespan and thus shorten the lifespan of
the fixture, costing homeowners more money than they need to spend. Also, solar outdoor light fixtures should be cleaned often to ensure that the solar panel receives enough light to recharge during the day. If the unit is covered with dirt and grime then it will be impaired in terms of recharging, also limiting the overall life span of the fixture. At the end of each season, homeowners will leave their solar outdoor light fixtures in the yard, even during winter when the yard is covered with ice and snow. This is not advisable. In fact, solar light fixtures should be turned off before freezing temperatures set in. They can also be removed and stored until spring arrives. If they are left outside during the shortened winter days, then they will receive less exposure to sunlight which will shorten the overall lifespan of the units.
When homeowners are searching for the perfect solar light fixtures, they sh9ould consider the placement of the solar lights before they purchase them. This will save time and frustration if you assume them to be more than just decorations. You should verify not just if the solar outdoor light fixtures will receive adequate sunlight, but also if the drainage is sufficient in a given area to prevent water damage and condensation. While solar outdoor light fixtures are water resistant, they are not waterproof. They can withstand sprinkler systems and rain, but not excessive water build-up. Therefore, excessive water can get into the unit and damage the electrical aspects as well as the battery. Homeowners should also consider how much light they wish to add to a given area at night.
Solar light fixtures should be used to add accent lighting to your landscape, not to provide safety lighting. Once these considerations have been made, the next step is determining which of the many available styles of decorative solar outdoor light fixtures will match your creative needs. The best way to create the optimum landscape design is to alternate the placement of additional features and plants to create a balanced look. This means that solar light fixtures should be staggered along a pathway instead of placed opposite one another along the path.
Alecca Jackson is a professional writer who provides tips and information on solar outdoor light and garden lighting for Glow Gardens.