If the lights are rated for outdoor use, then it is totally acceptable to leave your solar lights out in the rain. Point of fact, it would probably be better for them if you limited the amount of times you ‘handled’ them.
A good number of components associated with solar lights are plastic. And plastic does degrade over time, especially when exposed to the outdoor elements.
Every time you move or handle a outdoor light fixture, you apply pressure to the countless seams that may have water proofing applied. This means that you might inadvertently break a seal that is meant to keep water/moisture out.
When To Bring Solar Lights In
Solar lights come in a wide variety of styles, functions and general manufactured quality, so it is always best to know what the manufacturer recommends.
With these recommendations in mind, there are some other points to consider that will help you extend the life of your lighting investment.
- Are your solar lights at ground level? – Ground mounted pathway lights are a perfect example of this. These little lights are wonderful at helping you see your footing at night and can keep you from injury.
However, if you live in an area that has large amounts of snow accumulation, then chances are you’re more concerned with shoveling a path to the door than being able to see anything. (If the snow is deep enough, then there is no way to step off of the path!)
In a situation such as this, it would probably be advisable to bring your lights in rather than having them sit frozen in a snow bank. But again, be sure to check the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- How are your solar lights secured? – Some solar lights can be industrial in size and application. These types of lights tend to be a little less ‘mobile’.
Depending on your situation, it might be more advantageous to simply turn the light off for the winter, rather than risk damaging it.
- Severe weather – While your solar lights are most likely built to withstand rain, there aren’t a lot of things built to withstand golf-ball size hail.
If you find yourself in a situation, where you are aware in advance and know that intense hail or extreme winds are coming, then it might be in your best interest to bring your lights in. Just be sure to do it safely.
DO NOT put yourself at risk!
How To Protect Solar Lights
The best way to protect solar lights is by placing them in areas that see the least amount of foot traffic.
Quite often, it isn’t the weather that will wreck your solar lights, but rather accidents caused by human habitation. It can be as simple as a bump from a ball, being kicked by a runner, or bad luck involving a lawn mower.
Choosing a ‘spot’ that is protected from the flow of human traffic is certain to help reduce the potential for your solar light being broken.
However, this is not always easy.
Solar lights require good sunshine to perform at their optimum. Placing one directly under the roof overhang may keep things out of the way, but limits the amount of sunshine charging your light.
Careful consideration is a must when balancing the lighting requirements of your solar lights and the safest place to put them.
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If you have enjoyed reading this, then please consider, ‘How Do Solar Lights Work?’