Daylight is getting shorter and shorter which means, of course, that fall is on the way. The days are shorter and the nights are longer so our solar lights need to be in tip-top shape for the upcoming fall and winter evenings.
Now is the perfect time to take a few minutes to double check your solar lights to make sure they are working at maximum capacity level. Having that light shine exactly when and where you need it to be will be critical when nightfall comes earlier during the fall and winter seasons.
Sometimes our solar lights can have issues. Take a look at this checklist to make sure yours are ready to work hard this whole season.
Fall Checklist for Solar Light Issues
- Clean the tops of your solar panel on your lights so the maximum mount of sunlight will charge your batteries for long-term use during the night.
- Make sure your lights are in the most direct sun. Because the sun is moving and getting lower in the sky, your lights may be not receiving the most amount of sunlight as they do during the summer daylight hours.
- Check for shadows falling across the solar panel from trees and shrubs, or even your home, that may hinder the amount of sunlight the lights get during the day. Since the sun is not out as long during the day, you want the maximum light possible hitting those panels.
- Fall usually brings more rainfall. To prevent moisture build up or if you see moisture inside your light casing, you can apply a clear silicone around the seam and also in any openings to keep the water out.
Using tips like these will help make sure your solar lights are ready for fall and winter use. Another great idea is to install a few motion activated security lights for those darker corners, gates, dock areas, and outbuildings you may have. You can never be too safe when walking about outside at night.