If you are one of the 83 million Americans that participate in boating, you know the value of dock lights. Whether on your private dock or one owned by a municipal marina, clean dock lights are important for safety.
Dock lights can help guide you to your destination and keep you from falling in the water once you are safely moored. Although dock lights are a great renewable investment, keeping them clean can be challenging.
Read on to learn how to clean your solar dock lights so that you can maintain a safe and stylish dock.
Dock Light Maintenance
There are three main things to think about when maintaining the solar lighting system on your dock. The first is the solar panel. You need to make sure that the panel itself stays free from dirt, grime, and accumulated salt.
Next, you will want to make sure that the lights themselves are functional. Depending on the type of lighting system you have, they may need replacement bulbs.
You also need to make sure that the battery and all of the connecting wires are well-maintained. While the battery system and connecting wires only need regular maintenance, the lights and solar panel need to be cleaned as well.
Cleaning the Solar Panel
If your dock is in a saltwater environment, the salt will cake onto the surface of your housing. Get a microfiber cloth and a small amount of soap and water. First, rinse the housing, and then apply a small amount of soap.
Rub the microfiber cloth on the housing gently to avoid scratching it. Finally, rinse the soap from the housing for a clean finish. Let the shell air-dry in the shade before placing it in the sun to avoid spotting.
Cleaning the Dock Lights and Housings
Like your solar panel, dock lights and their housings will become cloudy from salt and grime. You can use the same tools for cleaning your dock lights as you did for your solar panel.
First, make sure that each of the lights is functional and doesn’t require a replacement battery.
Rinse each light housing with water and use the microfiber cloth to scrub in a small amount of soap. This process will make each dock light cleaner. Rinse thoroughly with water once more and allow each to air dry. You can then apply Dokshine plastic polish to keep your housings looking and performing like new.
The better quality your dock lights, the less cleaning and maintenance they will require. Purchase the best dock lights to avoid having to maintain and clean them too often.
Clean Dock Lights Are Safer
Keeping your dock lights clean will not only increase their lifespan but will also increase your safety on the water. Nobody wants to run full speed into their dock some night and total a watercraft due to dim lighting.
Clean your dock lights today to make your boating experience more safe and enjoyable. Contact us today to get all the tools you need to keep your dock lights in tip-top shape.