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Here you will find a list of the most frequently asked questions regarding solar lights

What Is The Mechanism Behind Solar Lights?

The mechanism is relatively simple: the system has a solar collector that is filled with special cells. These solar cells are especially designed to convert sunlight into electricity, which is afterwards used to recharge the batteries on a daily basis. Stored electricity is what makes the solar powered lights work at night.

What Are The Benefits?

There are several benefits when it comes to using solar lighting: first and foremost, these lights are more eco-friendly compared to the traditional sources of electricity, as it uses sun power. Moreover, this system is also more cost-effective in the long run, as it can help you save money on your electricity bills. The installation process is very fast and easy, and such lighs can even be used in remote area.

What Are The Downsides?

Given the fact that solar lights are directly dependent on the quantity of sunlight they receive each day, they will provide shorter period of illumination during the cold season, when the amount of sun is minimal. On the other hand, harsh weather can also affect the operating time.

How Long Do The Batteries And The Bulbs Last?

The batteries should last up to 500 recharges, which means around 10.000 hours of light. Good rechargeable batteries should last for 1-2 years.

How Do I Turn The Solar Lights On?

You do not have to do this yourself, as the lights will turn off and on automatically. The secret lies in the photocells, which detect when it starts to get dark. The solar lights will provide light until the battery gets discharged, or until the same photocell detects daylight. Generally speaking, the lights should stay on between 10 and 12 hours per night.

Are Solar Lights As Bright As The Regular Ones?

The first generation of solar lights used to provide very dim lighting. With todays advances in LED and battery technology they are capable of generating serious illumination. High-power solar spot lights, solar flood lights and solar sign lights can generate almost as much lighting as their electric counterparts.

Do These Lights Need Special Maintenance?

No, there is no special maintenance required - all you have to do is to clean off the solar panel and the lens once in a while. This way, the solar batteries will store as much energy as possible, while the LEDs will provide bright lighting. You can clean the lights and the panel with a piece of cloth soaked in non-abrasive soap and water.
You may also have to change the batteries once in a while.

Are These Lights Weather-Proof?

Generally speaking, solar lights are created to withstand the test of weather and time. However, if you have glass lights and you live in an area with large amounts of rain and snow, then it is highly recommended to store your lights during bad weather, to prevent damage and prolong their life span. On the other hand, if the yearly rain amount is minimal, you can leave the lights outside.

Should I Buy A Battery Charger?

No, solar lights do not require a battery charger since they receive power directly from the sunlight. Despite the fact that it is not necessary, some people buy battery chargers to recharge their solar light batteries during winter months.

How Can I Get The Most Amount Of Light Output?

In order to get the best out of your solar lights, it is essential to place the solar panel in a sunny spot where it can absorb sunlight throughout the entire day. Keep the solar collector (panel) away from shadow, leaves and anything that can interfere with its light absorbing properties. Moreover, it is essential to keep the lights away from other lighting sources, as this may "confuse" the photocell which is designed to turn the lighting system on and off based on the outdoor lighting conditions.

What Are The Benefits Of Rechargeable Batteries?

Just as the name implies, these batteries can recharge themselves over and over again, and they require little to no maintenance. This makes them highly convenient and very cost-effective as well. Rechargeable batteries draw their energy from the photo-voltaic process and, as stated above, there is no need for a separate charger.
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