Care for solar lighting


Solar lighting is very popular in the modern world today especially in the rural areas.

Solar lighting refers to a system with solar panel with photovoltaic cells that convert sunlight energy to electric energy, LED lamps that are used to emit the bright light, batteries for storage of the electric energy, an invertor and a charger controller.

Causes of damage on solar lights can involve :

Debris from trees which consist leaves, dirt and small twigs. Cut trees away from your installation place and clean the solar panels regularly to avoid damages.

Destruction caused by storm. Heavy rains can cause damage on the solar panel glass. Proper installation can ensure stability during heavy storms hence preventing glass breakage and cut wires. Prepare well for harsh weather conditions.

Deter small animals like bats, rats and birds from building their homes on the solar system. This will ensure no cases of cut wires.

Lightning strikes, can also cause damage to the solar lighting system as to reach the earth surface. Lightning conductors should be properly installed to avoid it from striking the solar lighting system for those who their solar panels are on the roof.

Another damage includes water damages. Stagnant water on the solar panels will cause corrosion. This will prevent sunlight from reaching the photovoltaic cells. To prevent this clean the solar panels regularly.

How To Care for Solar Lighting?

Cleaning refers to removing dirt or unwanted stuff to make something clean, while maintenance on the other hand is providing support for the solar lighting system for proper functioning. Solar lighting systems should be place away from shadows for proper functioning.

Solar lighting requires cleaning of dirt and inspection for damages more frequently through out, for them to last longer. Caring for solar lighting is an easy job. Places with much sunlight like desert requires more frequent check ups done to ensure the solar panels are not covered with dust. If the solar panels are covered with dust, the light received by the photovoltaic cells will be reduced by almost 25%.

Before first use, place the solar panels out to the sunlight to charge for at least six hours.

Solar panels require cleaning and maintenance to ensure proper functioning since they stay out doors.

How To Care for Solar Lighting

To ensure proper care of your solar lighting system is done, read the cleaning and maintenance instructions and do as stated. Different solar lighting systems have different maintenance instructions according to their designs, installation place like on roof tops and environmental conditions of the area.

Best Outdoor Solar lighting systems should be cleaned on a cool day, mornings or evenings. At this time the fixtures are cool unlike on sunny day when they are hot and unfit for your safety.

When cleaning your are supposed to inspect if the globes and fixtures have got any damages and ensure replacements are made. Inspect the batteries for any corrosion. Corrosion on the batteries prevents it from full charging. Remove the corrosion using a brittle brush or sandpaper if it’s stubborn or if too corroded, replace them with new ones.

Use water, a rug and soap to thoroughly clean the buildup dust, keep in mind that heavy rains heavy rains can clean dust from the solar lighting system. Dust not only prevents fully charging of the batteries but also will shorten the battery’s life span. Always remember to cover the panels after cleaning.

While cleaning the solar lighting system, be careful to avoid scratching on glass. Scratches causes casting shadows on the panels, reducing the amount of light received. Scratches spoils the solar surface. The solar panels glass increase the percentage of sunlight absorbed, reduces reflected light and causes high efficiency and stability of the solar panel.

Personal safety is also important especially if you solar lighting systems is at the roof top. Be careful when climbing up and down the roof if you are the one cleaning or seek a professional for the job.

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