Are Things A Little Dull Outside? Rejuvenate The Shine From Your Solar Lights

by Jayden Fisher

Lighting your landscape with solar lights helps to provide the illumination you desire and to prevent a higher electric bill. But in time, these lights can dull, making you wonder if you've chosen the right lighting option. When you notice that the shine your solar lights once had is dull or barely there, it's important to know that it isn't the bulb, but rather the glass or plastic covering causing the issue. This guide explains how to bring back the shine to your outdoor solar lights.

Step 1: Procure the Needed Materials

To make your solar lights shine again, you'll need some supplies. Don't worry, you probably have these things right there at home:

  • a bucket
  • a soft sponge
  • liquid dish detergent
  • a towel
  • one bottle of clear fingernail polish

Step 2: Remove the Batteries

Pull the lights out of the ground and twist off the top. Remove the batteries and set them aside.

Step 3: Clean the Lights

Take the tops to a designated work area and lay them out on the table or counter.

Fill the bucket with water and add a little bit of liquid dish detergent.

Soak the sponge in the bucket of soapy water and wring out the excess.

Wipe the lenses (the glass or plastic portion) of the lights.

Once you have washed all the lenses on the covers, take them to a sink and rinse off the soapy water.

Dry them off with a towel.

Step 4: Apply the Fingernail Polish

Set the covers on the table or counter again. Apply one thin layer of clear fingernail polish to the lens. Wait about 15 minutes for the nail polish to dry, and then turn the covers over and apply a layer to the other side of the lens.

Step 5: Reattach and Replace

Place the batteries back into the lights. Hint: This is the perfect time to replace the batteries if needed. The kind you need depends on your particular lights.

Reattach the covers to the lights and stick them back into the ground.

The clear fingernail polish not only acts as a conduit for shininess, but it also protects the lenses from dirt, as well as cloudiness. Some weather elements such as rain, and flying debris such as leaves, can cause the nail polish to chip in time. When you notice that some of the lights are beginning to dim, repeat the steps in this guide. If this doesn't help, contact a landscaping company like Four Seasons Nursery for other ideas.