With the rising trend of clean-energy technologies in recent decades, the “Going Green” movement eventually made its way into outdoor lighting. Over the past decade or so, solar powered light fixtures have provided homeowners with illumination at virtually no costs (other than the initial purchase), with little-to-no effort needed for installation. While the convenience is unmatched in the industry, the overall quality of the lighting fixtures has left much to be desired; until now that is. Thanks to the engineering team at AMP® Lighting, one of the industry’s first solid brass, solar powered spot lights has hit the market: the AMP® Solarium Spotlight.
Features & Benefits:
- Solid brass construction
- Monocrystalline solar panel
- Ultra-adjustable design allows for maximum light aiming and sun absorption
- Integrated LED casts 200 lumens of light with full charge
- Lifetime Warranty
1.) Highlight Specific Features – Solar spotlights are generally not designed to illuminate wide open areas or large features. While the beauty of outdoor solar lighting is that you can move it around easily to experiment, keep in mind the subtle level of light output and work to target specific landscape or architectural features; smaller trees/shrubs or, exterior walls on smaller or averaged sized homes.
2.) Avoid Obstructions – Be careful about where you place the lights; try not to place any fixtures where they may interfere with yardwork. Likewise, placing the units too close to a driveway could result in lighting being run over by vehicles. Make sure the units are visible enough in daylight and placed where they won’t be tripped over or run over.
3.) Maximize Available Sunlight – One vital thing to remember when installing outdoor solar lighting is that the units will need direct exposure to sunlight. This means placing them where they will absorb the maximum hours of sunlight each day. Make sure that branches and overhangs don’t shade the solar panels on the fixtures.
4.) Adjust the Solar Panel – When installing solar outdoor lighting, properly adjusting the solar panel is just as important as proper placement. You’ll need to angle the panel so that it receives ample sunlight for proper charging.
5.) Charging Before Installing – Make sure you fully charge outdoor solar lights before you install them. It’s best to charge them for a full 24 hours prior to use. To do this, the fixture must be “ON.” When you receive it, it will be “OFF.” Push the “ON” button on the back of the fixture once. Most of the time, if you cover the solar panel for a while, there will be enough charge for the fixture to light up to ensure it is “ON.”