Solar Lighting: 5 Issues

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Solar lights are very practical items to get to grips with; however there are a few things that you should know to ensure that you get the most from them. High quality solar products offer plenty of light once treated correctly and set up properly.

Of course, it doesn’t take a lot of time or effort to set up a successful system and there are only a few things that need to be watched out for. By following the tips below you are ensuring that the solar lights are working to their best and for as long of period as possible.

Face

Placing the solar panels in a south facing orientation ensures that they get the most possible light and that they work to the best of their ability. This is the case for all Northern Hemisphere countries, though is the opposite in the Southern areas.

In most cases, UK gardens are positioned in a southern angle and so this means that this will occur naturally in the case of most homes. This increases the amount of sun they receive and the panel’s efficiency.

If you’re not 100% sure which way your house faces, or which area is south, then check Google maps and you will be able to see the orientation of your home upon finding your house in the software.

Obstructions

Obstruction is the biggest issue for solar panels aside from southern orientation. Even if a solar light is facing south, an obstruction will cause issues that can’t be remedied. So, avoid placing the items in front of buildings, trees or other areas as this will only cause significant issues for the solar lights.

Glass

A lot of people tend to try and charge the lights behind glass, however this doesn’t really work and will reduce the amount of potential for charging by around 90% in most cases. Solar panels indoors will take a lot longer to charge or maybe won’t even charge at all. So, try and ensure that when charging, you do so outside in the openness of day.

Artificial Lights

You’d be surprised at how many people try and charge a solar product under artificial light without realising it’s a waste of time. Charging under solar light is the only way to re-charge a panel and anything else is a waste of time and also of fossil fuels.

Cleaning

A clean solar panel will be significantly more efficient at charging than a dirty one and by reducing the amount of daylight via dirt, the panel takes longer to charge. Clean your panels once a month or more depending on how dirty the area is. They need a wipe down every so often to ensure there are no significant issues regarding lighting.

Solar lighting is generally quite easy to use and a lot easier than conventional lighting in a number of ways. So, by following our tips you get to grips with a lot of the issues at hand and shouldn’t have many problems using the sun as a light resource.


Jo Ryan is a lover of solar power and other green technologies and regularly adds to her garden with http://www.worldofsolar.com/solar-fairy-lights/ and other similar businesses. Image source.

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