Did Snow Cover Impact Your Solar Lights? Quick Fix!

snow drifts covering fence and homeMany parts of the United States have had snow and ice storms over the past couple of months: including areas that don’t normally get hit with severe weather conditions.

Past posts have discussed how to care for solar lights during winter (including what to take in before the weather hits), and what to do (and not do) with solar lights covered with snow or ice hits.

If your solar lights or the solar panel of any solar powered product was covered with snow more than a few days, you may notice that your solar lights aren’t as bright or don’t stay on as long as normal once the snow melts. Luckily, there’s a really easy fix so that most solar lights or water features will well as ever!

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Time to Adjust Motion-Activated Lights for Winter Temps

The cold, not the bogie man, makes motion activated security lights turn on more frequentlyIt’s Not Your Imagination and It’s Not the Boogie Man

It isn’t your imagination: your motion-activated spotlights and floodlights used for security or safety are indeed turning on more often then usual. These lights are often get more touchy when the weather gets cold.

The reason is simple: Passive Infrared Sensors (PIRs) don’t actually pick up movement. Instead they sense when heat passes through the area. This means that when temperatures drop, small animals that the sensor would ignore most of the time may often turn the lights on.

Here’s some ways to save energy and makes sure that your solar security lights work better this winter. Continue reading

Check Out November Illuminations Newletter on Solar Lights

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As we begin our 4th year in business, we thought it would be a good time to review how the landscape of solar lighting has changed, and how our store, SolarFlairLighting.com is evolving to meet these changes.  Below is a summary of the November 2013 issue of Illuminations, our quarterly newsletter. (And, we’re having sales now and more are on the way for later this week and next week.) Continue reading

Quick Fix for a Common Performance Problem with Solar Lights

Even the Best Solar Lights Get Tired

Even the Best Solar Lights Get Tired

Even the best solar lights can get tired.

Our Plantern (half planter, half solar lantern) was a bright and attractive addition to our deck this summer.

It added just enough light to sit at the table and chat comfortably by, and was bright enough that it usually kept the motion activated spotlights and floodlights from turning on. (Which sometimes can be annoying if you’re out for some fresh air before you go to bed.)

But, the other day I  noticed the light quality was GAWD-awful. Luckily, it was an easy fix.  Find out what happened and how easy it was to get it back to it’s normal self.

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Solar Lighting Tips

Each week our sister site, SolarFlairLighting.com, posts tips about solar lighting.

Some tips address how to get the most from solar lighting at different times of the year. Others discuss the attributes of different types of solar lights and other solar products, including what to look for to get the most for your money.

Many of these tips are directly from or have been the Understanding Solar Lighting page of SolarLightingSmart.com.

Based on customer requests, we now will be listing all Solar Tips of the Week on this site SolarLightingSmart.com.

May 2013 Edition of Illusions, Solar Lighting Newsletter

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The May 2013 edition of Illuminations, the Solar Lighting Newsletter from SolarFlairLighting.com is now available online.

Illuminations covers solar lighting technology, solar product features and maintenance tips, and other industry trends.  Items in the current issue include:

  • 2013 Industry Trends In Solar Lighting
  • SolarFlairLighting.com Product News:  new product lines (pond lighting; American-made solar streetlights)
  • Help with Replacement Parts or Batteries
  • Our Redesigned YouTube Channel
  • Hot Blog Posts

Copyright 2013, SolarFlairLighting.com.com, SolarLightingSmart.com, All Rights Reserved

New Solar Lighting Videos Available, More To Come Soon

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We’re Starting to Move Posts to Video

We’ve been working on several new videos for a while now.

These short videos, many summaries of posts on this site. Videos supplement detailed text and let people see many thoughts, ideas and images quickly. Continue reading

Solar Lighting Spring Checkup and Quick Tips for Best Performance

Checkup

So many of us are finally tasting a very late spring and moving solar lights from storage to landscapes.

Luckier folks have been enjoying the outside and may  notice solar lights and other garden products just ain’t what they used to be.

Here’s some of the top problems along with how to avoid them, how to fix them (if possible), and when the fix just isn’t worth the cost or effort.

A bit of your time will mean a huge jump start for most most solar lighting fixtures or other solar products.

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Staying Green with Solar Lights After the Glow is Gone

Stay Green When Replacing Solar Lights or Parts

Nothing lasts forever, not even the best quality solar lights.

And long before the lights themselves have passed their brightest days, odds are that you’ll have changed batteries a couple of times and on some fixtures, even the light bulbs.

You’ve been good to the environment (and your pocketbook) by choosing solar. The question: how to stay green when disposing of solar lights and their components?

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Caring for Your Outdoor Solar Lighting and Garden Products This Winter

Which Solar Lights, and Where, Winter Well and What to Take Indoors

Most solar products survive the winter just fine as long as you keep shovels, snow blowers and chemicals away from them. Others, however, really should be taken inside. This article reviews what should come in and how to store them properly, and what how to take care of solar lights that will stay out for the winter. Continue reading