Solar Lights Shine through the winterBy Sarah 2014/9/24
Solar light installation can be a great way to reduce energy consumption and improve the safety of a public space or private residence. However, there is an understandable hesitation to invest in solar-powered lights by some consumers who live in regions that are affected by snowy winters. How can solar lights continue to be effective when they are subjected to cold and cloudy days?
The important thing to remember is that even if there is significant cloud cover, UV rays will still pass through to help charge the solar light. Some solar lights, such as Greenshine’s solar lawn lights, are able to store enough energy in their batteries to shine on through a couple of days of rainy or cloudy weather. Snow is obviously a detriment to solar lights if it is not cleared from their collector panels, and shorter winter days include more shadows—another factor to be mindful of when keeping solar lights out all year. As a general rule, a solar light’s collector plate should face south, but if your particular solar light unit comes with a panel that can pivot, you can adjust it to further take advantage of the changing degree of sunlight during the seasons.
If the solar lights are kept clear of snow, debris, and significant shadows, they can run more efficiently in lower temperatures. This is because charging the battery within a solar light causes the unit to heat up. If the battery heats up too much, it can slowly start to degrade and lose function, so charging solar lights in the winter sun may actually be less stressful to the unit.
Of course, if you live in an area with severe winter weather, high winds and ice can take their toll on any outdoor fixtures you have. In situations like this, you may feel the need to store the lights to protect them. The advantage of solar lighting is that installing fixtures to illuminate the side of a building, bike path or garden is incredibly easy. Every solar light is an individually powered module, so trenching for cables or hooking up external wires is unnecessary. These low-maintenance lights can be moved around to take advantage of light sources or to protect them from extreme weather incidents.
Those afraid to use solar lights in winter can rest easy knowing that there are lots of options available. Charging a solar light in the cold and snow is possible; the huge variety of solar lights on the market today means that there is solar lighting for every season.
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