How long do solar lights last? Many people, especially those using lights for the first time, ask this question. Before answering this question, let’s take a brief look at what we know about solar lighting systems.
Solar lights have three basic components: the solar panel, the battery, and the light bulb. Other electrical components work between these major components to make the system more efficient. Solar panels capture, absorb and collect sunlight or any other light source. The electrical equipment in the solar panel converts light energy into electricity and delivers it to the battery. When the solar panel can no longer collect light (as happens at night), the sensor sends automatically the stored electricity from the battery to the solar bulb. When the device detects that the solar panel can collect light energy again, it cuts power to the bulb and turns it off. If charging a solar light for the first time, most experts recommend exposing the solar light to direct sunlight for 8 to 12 hours.
The factors for impact
The lifespan of a solar light can be affected by several factors, including the quality of the light, the batteries used, and the climatic conditions of the location where it is installed. Generally speaking, solar panels usually last about 20 years or more, and high-quality solar lights can last 2 to 5 years or more. LED lights used in solar power are rated to last at least 10 years. The most wear-and-tear critical component in a solar light is the rechargeable battery. These batteries have a limited number of charge and discharge cycles before they begin to degrade. The batteries in solar lights typically have a lifespan of 1 to 2 years. However, with proper care and maintenance, and battery replacement, the overall lifespan of your lights will be extended.
Other factors that may affect the lifespan of solar lights include exposure to extreme weather conditions, such as extreme heat or freezing temperatures.
It’s worth noting that the efficiency of solar lights typically decreases over time. This means that their ability to generate and store energy may gradually decline. As a result, their lighting time may decrease over time. Proper maintenance will help extend the life of the lights.
How can I make my solar lights last longer?
Keep the panels clean
How long will your solar lights last if they get dirty? It would be best if you kept the panels clean because they need to be spotless to absorb light effectively. If it’s dirty, the light won’t be absorbed properly, causing the battery to drain faster. Place them around the perimeter of the house so they don’t get dirty or covered in plants. Placing them this way will also enhance the outline of your garden and draw attention to your landscaping.
Put them in direct sunlight
Solar lights need to be placed in a space with direct sunlight to absorb it properly. If your lights don’t absorb enough sunlight, they won’t shine properly. If you don’t charge the lights long enough, it could damage the batteries and cause them to drain faster.
Beware of cold conditions
Many people ask: How long will solar lights last in cold conditions? The answer is not complicated. Most solar panels are easily damaged in cold weather. If you want your solar lights to last longer, you’ll need to take care of them and bring them indoors when temperatures in your area drop below freezing. Bringing them indoors when it’s cold will prolong the battery’s life. Store your solar lights in an area where your house is well-lit or in direct sunlight so the batteries retain their charge and don’t burn out.
Turn off the solar lights
Another way to extend battery life is to ensure the battery is turned off during long periods of rain or cloudy conditions. The batteries and solar lights will last longer if you turn them off when you don’t need them. If there is too windy outside or potentially stormy outside, keep the lights indoors as the panels are fragile and may be damaged.
Replace faulty batteries
If you want to protect and make the lights last longer, replace the batteries as soon as they start to slow down. Batteries can corrode or age and become dull or stop working. When the battery ages and can no longer hold a charge, it must be replaced so that we can keep the rest of the panel healthy.
Overall, while solar lights can provide illumination for several years, their lifespan is affected by several factors. Therefore, the life of each person using the lights is different. Regular cleaning of solar panels to ensure optimal sunlight absorption, replacing batteries when necessary, and protecting lights from extreme weather conditions and others are some of the things that need attention.