How to bring your solar light safely through autumn and winter
A solar lamp in the garden is a great thing: they provide energy completely free, can be placed anywhere without cables and need not even direct sunlight to charge.
And those who do not just want to bring some light into the darkness of their garden, but want to set targeted light accents by illuminating objects, selects a solar lamp in combination with an LED garden light. In order to ensure that you will enjoy these little marvels of technology next year as well, we will give you tips in this article on how to bring your solar lamps safely through the winter.
Pay attention to the winter resistance of the solar light
Even though solar garden lamps are now available in all sorts of versions and performance classes - they are not winter-proof per se. Always check the manufacturer's label before deciding to leave the lights out in the winter. And if in doubt, you prefer to get them in, take out the battery and store it dry and frost protected. Otherwise it could happen that the battery runs dry. As far as minus degrees, that is a true sensitive.
Regular battery care - a must for a long life, not only in winter
Good battery maintenance is half the life when it comes to solar lamps. It starts with the commissioning and extends to the winter special maintenance, and it works like this:
Remove the batteries and charge them fully during the winter months every three to four weeks with a charger. If a full charge is not possible, it is best to replace it.
The background is that the solar module can not fully charge the battery due to the low solar radiation in winter. The bit of energy that the lamp picks up during the day releases it at night until the battery is completely exhausted and is therefore deeply discharged too often. By charging the battery yourself, you prevent it from being damaged in the long term.
Even winter-proof solar lights should be brought in better in strong frost. Another case knaxus in the truest sense is the case. In particular, plastic housings can tear in strong cold ever and the battery is then no longer protected.
Free your solar lamps from snow and dirt
Solar light in winter
It may be a bit annoying, but worth it: If you regularly rid your solar lamps including the solar cells from snow and dirt, the solar panel can charge the battery better, which in turn benefits the battery performance and life span.
Pollution naturally lowers the charging power of the solar cell, since less sunlight penetrates. For cleaning, a soft, damp cloth is recommended. You should do without chemical cleaning agents. Just as on cleaning utensils that can scratch the surface. And finally, a clean lamp simply shines brighter.
On the occasion, it is advisable to check also the other outdoor lamps: Is the glass clean, the lamps still working or need to be replaced and sit all the gaskets and brackets as they should?
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