A Glimpse of Solar Lights

With no electricity bills, no power sockets, and bright illumination, solar generally goes hand in hand with garden lighting. This article will give you a glimpse of solar lights working principles, explaining the most frequently asked questions about solar lights. 

1. What is the working pattern of solar lights?

The basic ingredients: we’ve got the sun, the solar panel, and the solar fairy lights. The sun gives out energy in the form of light, the solar panel gladly accepts this energy, and the fairy lights light up. Charge during the day and then emit lights at night.

2. Does the light have batteries in it?

All solar lights have a battery inside. The panel absorb the sun's rays which charge the solar battery inside. This energy is then stored in the battery to illuminate your lights.

3. How do the lights know when to illuminate?

Most solar lights have a daylight sensor (photoresistor). When darkness falls, the sensor will illuminate the lights. Try avoid being near street lighting or security lights otherwise it may not work as intended.

4. Is the solar panel weatherproof?

They are indeed completely weatherproof. Wipe your panel down with a clean cloth from time to time to make sure that it's absorbing the maximum amount of sunlight.

5. Do the solar lights need constant sunlight to charge?

Yes. We’re not saying you have to relocate to the Bahamas if you want solar lights in your garden but they do need direct sunlight to charge. We all know that British weather is unreliable at best, so help your lights by making sure the panel is not in a shady spot. During winter months it can be dark by 4pm until 8am the next morning, so ensure you're all set with all season solar lights.

6. How long will the lights illuminate for?

You can expect from 6-8 hours of shine time in spring and summer after a full day's charge. The rest of the year the illumination time really depends on the amount of sunlight your solar panel can absorb. If you are using a multi-function light opting for a flashing or twinkling function can enable your light to charge quicker.

7. How long will the solar batteries last?

Every battery in any solar product will eventually need replacing. On average they last for up to 600 charges so you’ll find that usually within 2 years a replacement is needed. If your light has stopped working most of the time changing the battery can be the simplest solution. To test if it's your battery or the light which needs replacing you can pop in a regular alkaline battery and see if your light illuminates.

8. Some Tips for Solar lights Use

① Make sure turn on the power switch for the first-time using. ② The solar light should be installed in places where sufficient sunshine is available. ③ The solar panel should be installed upward, not sideward or downward.

9. Kindly Reminder

The charging time and the lighting time of the solar light varies  with sunlight intensity, geographical location, weather conditions, seasons and other conditions. In winter, solar light can’t get enough energy from sunlight, so it is normal that it has lower brightness and shorter working time at night.


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