4 Exclusive Tips: How to Clean Outdoor Solar Lights?

Have you ever walked in your lawn or in front of your main door in a dark, scary night? It would be frightening for sure. Thanks to outdoor solar lights, you won’t have to experience such ghostly moments.

Outdoor solar lights illuminate our home outdoor brilliantly and require regular maintenance for a longer lifetime and avoiding costly repairs. Sadly, most YouTube videos on how to clean outdoor solar lights are either too complicated or don’t perform well.

That’s why I invested some time researching the topic and sought out the most convenient way to clean and maintain the solar lights. And guess what, it worked brilliantly. My solar light panels are clean and illuminating like a new one now.
I thought this would be beneficial for many people like me. So, I am putting it up here.

As we all know, solar lights aren’t a single unit. These lights are made of three necessary different components that combine. As we discuss the solar light cleaning process, we mean the cleaning and maintenance of all these three parts.

Let’s check the parts for a better understanding of how they work and what sorts of cleaning they will require.

→ Solar Panels

Solar panels often look cloudy due to the plastic cover on it. Furthermore, when you remove the plastic covering, it will automatically collect both dust and dirt on it. These leave the solar panel dirty, and consequently, it faces blockade to collect solar energy properly.

You should check the solar panel at least once in a month to ensure that it remains free from dust collection and consumes solar energy without any artificial blocks.

→ Batteries

Sometimes it may well happen that the solar panel will collect overdue moisture, especially during the rainy days. These extra moistures, managed by the solar panel, will then oxidize the battery. It might affect the lifetime and performance of the solar cell.

Hence, you should check the battery condition at least once in three months. However, if you are living in a high-rainfall area with lots of humidity around, I strongly recommend you to check your battery more frequently. It is because, in high humid areas, moistures tend to collect more regularly than in cold conditions.

→ Cover Of The Solar Light

In general, solar lights are covered with either glass or -plastic protectors to keep these safe from external damages. Over time, due to slow dust collection, these covers become cloudy.

Thus, these lights will then emit much less light than the new ones at night. It is a significant setback. So, to ensure the correct and accurate emissions from the lights, you should clean the solar light cover to get your expected lighting.

→ Cleaning Preparation

So far as I can assure, cleaning the solar lights is a pretty straightforward process. You won’t have to think about a lot of unnecessary things due to the straightforward cleaning steps.

Although many people assume that solar light cleaning is a time-consuming task, in reality, it takes only near about 20 minutes. Additionally, you will need the following things

  • A towel to wipe out the light
  • A screwdriver
  • A soft brush
  • A small container with water.

That’s it. Once we are ready with all these, let’s focus on how to clean the solar lights mainstream process. Oh yes, one tip for you.

If you are doing the cleaning for the first time, try to keep a user manual with you. It will come handy as you disassemble and reassemble the solar light before and after your cleaning session.

Solar Panel Cleaning Guideline

I have seen a lot of clumsy solar dawn to dusk lights review that claims vaguely that solar lights don’t require much attention and cleaning once you install them. That’s the biggest lie I have seen circulating on the internet today.

Don’t be a fool! Solar lights need regular cleaning to help them operate properly. In this case, solar panels may require more attention than any other parts of the light. The panel is usually covered with protective plastic.

Over time, it collects dust and becomes cloudy. Thus, it can’t receive daytime energy properly, which results in weak nighttime light emission. That’s when you need to clean and maintain the panel. The cleaning procedure is, however, incredibly comfortable.

  • At first, use a cloth or a hard brush to remove all the debris from the plastic surface.
  • Then, take a dump towel or paper cloth and wipe out the rest of the debris.
  • If the cloudiness is extreme, you may use a block of dishwashing soap. Gently apply the dishwashing soap with minimum water on the surface.
  • Wait for few minutes until the soapy water softens the debris.
  • Now, use a cloth to wipe out the soapy solution along with the debris.
  • Lastly, use a clean cloth and remove any remain soap or dust from the protective plastic.

Congratulation! Your solar panel is clean and all ready to perform like the beast it was before.

Battery Cleaning Guideline

Solar lights, especially its batteries, will malfunction like any other electronic device if exposed to high moisture or humid conditions. That’s the most common reason why all most all the electronics manufacturers suggest their customer store their device in a cool and dry place.

This helps the device function better for an extended lifespan. Most solar light manufacturers claim that their devices are waterproof. Yet, overexposure to humid condition or rainfall may cause moisture accumulation inside the panel on the batteries.

This will lead to the malfunction of the batteries. Hence, it will reduce the overall performance and lifetime of the solar lights. Therefore, it is crucial that you check the battery so that it operates appropriately.

  • Accumulation of the white powder on the batteries' metal surface is a clear indication that corrosion is taking place inside the cell. That's when you need to maintain it.
  • To clean the battery, carefully remove it from the housing.
  • Make sure that your primary connection or switch of the solar panel is off at this moment.
  • Now use a soft brush to remove the white powder from the battery slowly.
  • If, however, the powder still remains on its position, you may use sandpaper.
  • Rub the sandpaper mildly on the white powder until the battery looks fresh.
  • Now, either use grit sandpaper or a clean and dry cloth to clean the battery housing.
  • You must ensure that there’s no moisture inside the battery housing to prevent further corrosion.
  • You may use a dryer to remove extra moisture from the housing.
  • Lastly, replace the battery on its position and turn on the switch.

That’s it- your solar batteries are all new again.

Cleaning Guideline For The Solar Lights

In general, solar lights are wrapped under a plastic cover to protect it from the outside environment. Over time, dust collects on it and make the cover cloudy. So, you will get less emission from the light. To avoid such an inconsistency of the light, it is vital to clean the cover once in a month.

  • Take a brush or towel to remove the dust at first.
  • Now, soak the paper towel in a bar of dishwashing soap and apply in on the cover gently.
  • Allow the soap to react with the dust for a few minutes.
  • After a while, use a clean towel to remove the soap remaining to get a fresh solar light like the new one.

The process is as easy as you will get. So, there’s nothing to worry about the process. Just keep the fundamental right.

Note: As you clean and maintain the outside solar lights system, the disassembly and reassembly process must be right. For better understanding, go through the user manual once. It will lessen your workload as well as make it effortless. 

Frequently asked questions

Question:  My solar light doesn’t work. What can I do?

Answer: Well, first of all, check the on/off switch. Although it may seem a brain drainer, I know many people who forgot to switch on the light during the first-time use.

Question: Is it necessary to switch off the panel or light before cleaning?

Answer: Let’s get to the point- solar panels and lights are still electronic devices, although they run with solar energy. Therefore, it is a must that you switch off the light before start cleaning. It is a universal precautionary guideline for safety.

Final Words

Solar lights are unique- emits powerful light without harming our environment. The only drawback with them using outside is that they tend to get dirty over time. This confuses a lot of people that their solar lights are not performing up to the standard mark or expectation.

But with this guideline on how to clean outdoor solar lights, the dirtiness should be an issue anymore. As long as you clean the panel, battery, and light, you will get the perfect lighting during the nighttime. And the, even the cold, and scary nights will become romantic.

That’s the coolness of outdoor solar lights- clean and fresh, of course.

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