Solar outdoor lights are great to use around the home, in your garden, and around the patio. These are used by homeowners to provide light when they wish to have late night barbecues, when their kids are playing after dark, or when they simply have to walk to their car to go somewhere.

The fact that they are solar means that they will save hundreds of dollars in their electric bills each month. The initial cost of purchasing each of these lights is going to be much more than what you would like to spend. However, with the right care these will last for years to come.

Before you are ready to install them you need to use a soft cloth that will dust off each of the panels that are on the exterior of the light. Even though they are brand new they will have dust from the inside of the box over them. When they are covered in dust they will not be able to soak up the rays of the sun properly.

This simple cleaning should be done at the end and beginning of each season. Take the lights down and use a soft cloth to wipe down the solar panels. While you are cleaning them make sure that they are still in good condition and not broken in anyway.

One way to know whether or not something might be wrong with the solar outdoor light is to see how bright it is when it is on at night. If it seems to be dimmer than usual than it is possible that the batteries are not full or the panels are not working like they should. Make sure you look for this after the light has received a full day of sun.

Solar outdoor lights are able to be used during each season of the year except for in areas that receive large amounts of snow. This snow will sit on top of the lights and that much cold could damage the glass and break it. Take it down before the first snowfall and store it in your garage or attic. Make sure that you shut them off so that you are not draining the batteries. Another way to extend their life is to use lithium or rechargeable batteries instead of the standard batteries you buy at most stores. This also cuts down on maintenance for them.

Source by Lydia Quinn