Some solar garden lights only give off a gentle but warm glow to that beautifies the plants and the immediate surrounding areas.
Now, you may want them brighter, for example, if you want to light a pathway.
So, can you make them brighter than they usually are? And if so, how do you go about it?
Read on to find out how you can make your solar garden lights brighter.
How to Make Your Solar Garden Lights Brighter
If your solar yard lights aren’t bright enough, it may be because of this:
1. Check if the solar lights have a switch to toggle between a low and a high brightness setting.
While not all solar yard lights have this setting, some do. If it has one, set it to the high bright mode to make it brighter.
Note though the light will usually light for a shorter duration, about 8-9 hours before going off.
2. Make sure to look out for solar yard lights that are designed to be extra bright.
These usually have a slightly larger solar panel and a larger capacity battery (~1,200 mAh instead of say ~400 mAh) for brighter and longer duration lighting.
The solar yard light manufacturer will usually indicate on the packaging or product description whether it is the super bright type with a larger battery capacity or not.
3. Make sure that the solar light receives as much direct sun for as long as possible for it to be bright and last longer.
Manufacturers usually recommend ~ 5-6 hours of sunlight to fully charge the lights for them to be bright and light for the expected duration!
4. Clean the transparent glass or plastic enclosure around the solar yard lights for the light to shine without any obstructions.
If the light enclosure is too close to the ground, you can have dirt and mud building up on the glass enclosure and obstructing the light.
Tips to Buying Bright Solar Garden Lights
Look out for solar yard lights that are designed to be extra bright. Read other user reviews to confirm that indeed they are bright.
Such lights will usually have a slightly larger solar panel and a larger capacity battery (~1,200 mAh instead of say ~400 mAh) for brighter and longer lighting.
How to Check The Light Brightness
To tell how bright the solar garden lights are, I look out for the manufacturer’s specifications for brightness.
They’ll usually indicate that they’re super bright on the packing or the product description.
This combined with genuine user reviews of the lights helps confirm to me that they are indeed bright.
Also note that brighter lights usually have a larger solar panel and also have a larger capacity battery too (~1,200 mAh instead of say ~400 mAh).
Do Solar Lights Get Brighter with More Sun?
Yes, up to a limit. They need a minimum number of hours of sunshine to shine not only brightly but to last for the design period.
Ultimately, how bright they are depends on the number of LEDs and their lighting intensity.
To have bright lights, first, make sure they are designed to light brightly. Manufacturers will usually indicate super bright or related words.
Also, confirm that the lighting mode is set to “high” (if your light has the feature) and that it is receiving direct sunlight too!