How to Charge Solar Lights in the Winter
Contrary to the belief that solar lights cannot produce electricity during the winter, it definitely can, but in reduced amounts. In the winter months, you have to make the most out of the lesser daylight you’re experiencing.
Here are a few things you can do to optimize solar energy production:
In the winter, daytime is shorter than nighttime. This means the solar panels experience more shadows. Hence, you should position them toward the south so they can collect more light. This also helps the snow to reflect light into the panels.
Solar panels work best when you place them directly perpendicular to the sun’s rays. Most manufacturers recommend a 30° permanent position for solar panels. If you have tiltable solar panels that can be adjusted through a remote control, it’s best to reposition them at 60° during the winter. This way, you can get the most out of the sunshine. Then get them back at the default angle once spring arrives.
During the winter, remove anything that might cast a shadow on your solar panels. You may also want to relocate them if possible.
As mentioned earlier, clear your panels from piles of snow.
In this article, we answered your question if solar lights work in winter months. Since you now know that they do, there’s no need to be afraid when you buy a set in the winter. In fact, it can be the best time to buy solar lights as prices are usually lower.
We also pointed out that cold climates don’t place much of a problem for solar street lights. This is on the condition that they receive ample sunlight for 3 to 5 hours a day.
In order to get the most energy production in your solar lights, you should consider adjusting them at the proper angle and tilt to avoid shadows during the winter. You must also clean them from excessive snow.