How do solar lights work?

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Article by Joseph Campbell

Solar power lights are more a necessity these days than they are a luxury or fashion statement. With technological developments, man has been able to harness the power of the Sun for the purpose of illumination successfully. After a lot of research, the concept of photovoltaics was developed. What this basically means is that energy emitted by the is Sun harnessed and then converted to energy used for illumination and even the running of simple motors, solar water heating and so much more.

Before you actually install solar lighting in your home, it would make sense to understand the basics of its functioning. Most solar lights, especially those used on the outside are made up of few basic components. It begins with an outer plastic cover, then the important solar cell and a AA NiCad battery. Along with this comes a control board which is normally integrated into the structure, an LED light output and light sensors which will allow for your light to be switched off when not in use.

Ideally the better solar powered lights have all of the elements placed together on one compact platform or hardware. The solar cells are what harness the Sun’s rays and these last effectively for up to a year. With good levels of maintenance and care, they can last for longer. Certain things you should understand about solar lights are that they are not meant to give you the equivalent of an electricity bulb. This does not mean they will be dim. They are bright enough to do the job of illumination in its designated area. Brighter the light you require, stronger the solar panels you will need and bigger the cluster of lights attached to it.

For the best possible use out of them, ensure that the panels get adequate exposure to the Sun. The more the exposure, the more the output. Install light sensors so that the lights automatically switch off when not really needed. If you require further back up in terms of power, pick up a few booster panels that can be attached to your light. Since solar lights work on the basis of LED technology, they are extremely flexible in terms of colors and designs. You should have no trouble at all integrating them into your decor. Many people shy away from solar lights believing them to be an expensive one time investment. However, you will need to look at the broader picture and understand that it is the technology you are paying for. The returns in the long run are great and you will see this after a month or so in your electricity bill.

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