Do Solar Lights Work in Winter?

Posted 2 years ago by Kami

Winter is coming!

It’s the season of rainstorms, snow, and powerful wind. And you must be wondering if your solar lights are strong enough to withstand these harsh weather conditions.

Well, don’t worry, all high-quality solar lights are made of water-resistant materials that can stand against blizzards, rainstorms, and powerful winds, so they can work in winter.

In this article, we will go through some of the most important questions including:

  1. Is it Ok to Leave your Solar Lights out in the Winter?
  2. Will Solar Lights Work When it’s Cloudy, Rainy, or Snowy?
  3. How to Store Outdoor Solar Lights for Winter?

So without further ado, let’s jump right into the first question.

Is it Ok to Leave your Solar Lights out in the Winter?

Solar lights can work in winter and it’s totally fine to leave them out. However, it really depends on the quality of your solar light.

For example, some cheap solar outdoor lights aren’t waterproofed and can’t withstand rain, so leaving them out in winter will only lead to their doom.

Here is a list of the most common solar lights weatherproof ratings:

  • IPX4: Splashing water
  • IPX5: Water jets
  • IPX6: Powerful water jets
  • IPX7: Up to 3 feet (1 meter) immerse
  • IPX8: Over 3 feet (1 meter) immerse

So, if you are looking for solar led lights you can leave out in the winter, then you should opt for the ones with a weatherproof rating of at least IPX5.

As any lower than that will only protect from splashing water and might cause water build up.

Related Article: How to choose the best solar lights

Will Solar Lights Work When it’s Cloudy, Rainy, or Snowy?

If your concern is the durability of the solar light, then don’t worry.

Most solar outdoor lights are made of high-quality weatherproof materials that stand against any sort of harsh weather including rainstorms, blizzards, excessive heat, and frost.

However, if you live in a harsh weather area, it’s recommended to opt for solar lights with a weatherproof rating of IP65 or higher, as this will protect your lights from water jets.

On the other hand, if you are worried about your solar light’s charging capability, then it will be less efficient than usual.

This is because during winter the day is shorter and there might be no sufficient sunlight to fully charge the batteries. As result, your solar lights will dim and stay up for fewer hours in winter.

Related Article: Can Solar Lights Charge in Shade?

How to Store Outdoor Solar Lights for Winter?

Although solar security lights can stay out in winter, some prefer to store them to prolong their lifespan.

If so, then here are a few tips to help you to properly store your solar lights in winter and prevent battery damage:

  1. Charge the batteries to 40%, so they can gradually discharge when stored
  2. Remove the batteries from your solar lights
  3. Keep them in a cool, dark, and dry location
  4. Save them in a battery storage box to prevent leaking and rupturing

For more information, check this article on how to store your batteries.

Last Words

In the end, we really hope you enjoyed this article as much as we did.

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