When you are not using your solar light, you should turn it off.
You can save some battery by turning it off when your solar light does not get enough sunlight. It will also help prolong your solar battery. So, switch off your solar life while not in use.
Do I need to turn my solar lights off?
Solar lights are simple, inexpensive, and easy-to-operate lights that you can use to decorate your home. Solar lights are now widely used on streets and outdoors. Because- they get direct sunlight to charge themselves. Solar lights take energy from the sun, convert it to electricity and, store them in a battery.
Solar lights can run in direct sunlight throughout the day. They run on nights using electricity that is- stored in a battery. Every solar has a battery to save electricity for later use. They are getting popular with time because of their low price and convenience.
Most solar lights come with an on/off switch. You have to keep that switch on when you intend to use it and; off when you do not. By doing so, you are giving long life to your solar light. Apart from saving some electricity for later use, your solar batteries will be in good health.
If you keep your solar life always on, it will use up all the electricity. You will find no problem during the daytime. But you might face an electricity deficit during the night. So, it is wise to switch off your solar light when you are not using it.
However, garden solar lights and wall-mounted motion-activated solar lights are specialized with automated working while retaining charged power throughout the night.
Therefore, for these types of solar lights, you do not need to turn them on/off repeatedly.
Is it safe to keep solar lights on all night?
There is no particular rule that you have to turn off your solar lights at night. Generally, it is safe to keep solar lights on all night. But it can cut short its lifespan. It will be a good idea to switch them off when you go to sleep or out for several days.
Solar lights are renewable, cost-effective, and eco-friendly lighting solution for your home and office. They are very safe if you use them properly. However, there will be less electricity in the battery if they do not get enough sunlight during the daytime. You need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight to charge a solar light.
You can expect your solar light to last the whole night if they are fully- charged. A solar light battery can hold a charge for up to 8 hours. After that, they will start fading and go out eventually.
But if they do not become fully charged and you- keep them on all night, solar light can damage itself. It can be a safety issue for you too. Even though solar lights are perfectly safe, there are some risks to them- after all. They are:
- Catching fire
- Skin burning if touched
If your solar lights are working perfectly, you do not have to worry about any of them. But if you see some issues, you should serve them at the earliest.
Solar light bulbs are less standard than regular blubs that you use at your home. They produce heat, but not enough for catching fire. Solar batteries can catch fire. So, if your solar light catches fire, it is most likely because of your solar battery. They can melt the outer plastic of your solar lights.
Solar lights usually do not pose any threat or risk. But keeping it on all night can damage its batteries, especially if it does not get enough sunlight during the daytime. Most recent solar lights have lithium-ion batteries that catch fire if there is a deficit of charge. There are some ways you can ignore these risks and give your solar lights a long life.
You have to maintain below things to keep your solar lights safe:
- Make sure they get direct sunlight during the daytime.
- Switch them off when you go to sleep.
- Buy them from renowned brands.
- Do not buy the cheapest ones.
- Keep them away from fire and heat.
Is it best to turn solar lights off in winter?
Solar lights are cheap and do not use any electricity from the grid. Solar light batteries use sunlight and convert them into electricity. They use them to light up during the daytime and store extra electricity for night. They are long-lasting and durable too.
But you might face problems in the winter. There is less sunlight in the daytime in winter and, solar lights cannot store enough electricity to run a result, they do not work quite well as they do during summer. So, it will be best for your solar life if you turn them off during winter. You will give them a long life by doing this.
You should remove your outdoor solar lights and store them in a dry place during winter. Otherwise, they might get damaged. You should follow these steps while you keep solar lights somewhere safe:
- Turn- off your solar light switch before removing it from your lawn or walkway. It will make sure your solar battery does not drain completely.
- Store your solar light in a dry place. You can store them in your garage.
- Use a bubble wrapper to wrap glass lamps if your solar lights have any.
- Do not forget to remove batteries from your solar lights.
Do solar lights turn off themselves?
Most solar lights nowadays come with on/off buttons. You can turn them on when you intend to use them, and then you can turn them off. But you have to do it manually. Your solar lights will turn off themselves when they go out of battery.
However, modern solar lights can turn off themselves automatically. Even if there are off-state, they can charge themselves too. You can program them and set specific times when they turn themselves on and off. So, yes, they can turn off themselves periodically if you spend some extra money to program them.
Solar lights are cheap and durable. But turn them off when you are not using them. They will last longer this way.
Eng. Matthew Joseph Nandirio is the Founder of walkingsolar.
After graduating from the University of Houston in 2002, matt started working as an electrical and electronic engineer for several multi-national solar energy companies.
He has a wide range of experiences including solar system requirement analysis, planning, maintaining, debugging and even solar device development through research.
He now shares his 20 years of expertise through his articles on the walkingsolar website.
Further, he is also the author of two books on Solar Technology, “Solar Power for Villages” and “DIY Solar System for Dummies”.