Itâ€™s very likely that, given recent advice to stay home,Â weâ€™re all spending a bit more on electricity than we have before. For many of us, more time at home means hours in front of the television catching up on Netflix. It quickly adds up, but it doesn’t have to. There’s never been a better time to look into solar lighting.
Though indoor lighting is more difficult to swap for eco-friendly alternatives, itâ€™s incredibly easy to do so with outdoor lighting. Most garden lighting runs on little more than sunlight and rechargeable batteries, which means sprucing up your patio can be done without wasting money or energy.Â
How long do solar batteries last in outdoor lights?
There isnâ€™t a fail-safe answer here, as different lights and solar panels work differently, but the performance of most solar lights tends to decline within one to two years. This doesnâ€™t mean that the lights will stop working at that time, but that they are likely to charge less efficiently, therefore runÂ for fewer hours. At this point, you may need to replace the batteries.
With proper care, most of the best solar lights can last up to four years before needing to be replaced, as LEDs can work well for ten years or more.Â
To ensure they last as long as possible place them in direct sunlight, away from street lighting or lights that might confuse their sensors. Wipe solar panels clean from dirt and other debris when required.Â
Do solar light batteries need to be replaced?
Eventually, they do, but itâ€™s important to follow the steps above to help them last as long as possible. If batteries donâ€™t seem to last as long as they should, it is worth checking for water damage. A new light may save you more money and hassle in the long run.Â
When you do replace the batteries, make sure they are the same type as those first provided; solar lights need to be rechargeable, as they store and transfer energy. Regular batteries canâ€™t store energy the way NiMH and NiCd batteries can.
To help you set the scene andÂ make the most out of your garden at night, in anticipation of balmy summer evenings, weâ€™ve found the best solar garden lights you can buy now:Â