Solar shed lights are a great way to illuminate a dark shed at night. The nice part about them is that they are self contained, and you don’t need to hook up to your house power source, which cuts down on your electric bill. It doesn’t matter if the location of your shed is at a distance from your house, or if there is a power outage of some sort. There are many different styles to choose from, with the solar panels attached to a post, or directly mounted on the shed roof. The lighting systems can be directional lights, or illuminate a large area, or a combination of the two.
The first thing you need to do is choose the right system that will work for you when it comes to installing solar shed lights. There are two different ways you can do this, one is to buy all the components yourself, or you can by kits. These kits come complete with panels, brackets for mounting, battery back up and storage, the lights, as well as all the wiring and hardware. They also come with step-by-step instructions and diagrams to make set up easier. The prices for these may be a little more expensive that buying components separately, but over all these will make your job much easier. There are several different websites that sell these kits, you just have to find one that works best for your situation, at a price you can afford.
Once you have purchased your solar shed lights, the next step is installation. The place to start is by finding the optimal location for the solar panel itself. In order to do this you really need to just observe the sun as it tracks over your shed, and locate the area where it is going to be hitting throughout the day. This is where you are going to want to mount your post, or the panel directly. Mark the spot, drill whatever holes you need, then before mounting, move inside. From here, you are going to want to locate which area will provide the best light. If you have a spot light, you may want to mount this directly above the door, with the area light somewhere in the middle of the interior.
Setting up your solar shed light just takes a little planning. You want to make sure that you have all of your locations marked, and pre-drill any holes you need. Mount all the components loosely at first, so you can connect the wiring. The wiring goes from the solar panel, to the battery, and then to the light fixtures. This way the energy is stored in the battery first, then connected to the lights. The battery should be mounted and connected to the panel as closely as possible, so the energy is not lost along the wiring. Any switches should be within close reach.
Once you have your solar shed lights all hooked up, check the system to make sure it’s working. Even with the panel connected to the battery, there should be enough flow through the system for a test. If everything is functioning properly, tighten up all the screws, and you are ready for action. Depending on the system, and prep work, installation shouldn’t take more than a few hours to complete. Along with your other outdoor solar landscape lights, these shed lights are a fantastic purchase!