Are you still wondering if solar lamps are the right investment for your home? I think that after reading this article, you will not need additional motivation to make purchases.
They shine 365 days a year. Completely for free. They do not require access to the power grid. Modern, external solar lamps effectively light driveways to the house, paths and façades even when the sun does not come out from behind the clouds at all. The light whole space around the house in the middle of the night without connecting to the network – look like a dream? It’s time to do it. Wait… What about winter? Can solar lights stay out in winter? Will they still work? Thanks to modern solutions that are already available on the market, the convenience of solar lights can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of the season.
It’s clear even on a very cloudy day.
How is it possible – after all, the sun’s rays (especially in winter) have difficulties with breaking through a thick layer of clouds? Experts admit that some time ago this was a barrier in the case of old type solar lamps. In the recent years, top manufacturers have applied a revolutionary solution.
Some time ago, the majority of solar lights used polycrystalline panels, which allowed charging the batteries only on sunny days. Modern solutions have a major advantage over such devices: the panel used is monocrystalline, which ensures charging on both sunny and cloudy days.
What’s more, even if it happens that there is very little sunlight, the new solar lamps can work anyway. They were equipped with a specific “emergency system”. – Each of them has a USB port, through which we can recharge the battery and avoid the situation when the light completely ceases to shine, and around the house will set in darkness. In the case of “sun-powered” lamps, we use a few other, life-facilitating technologies. Solar lamps are equipped with highly efficient LED diodes, precise motion sensors, modern lithium-iron phosphate batteries and proprietary software designed to efficiently control the whole device.
An application of solar lamps
A lamp with a solar panel is a perfect solution wherever you cannot set up a standard electrical installation. Solar lamps are invariably associated with tiny, decorative lamps that are placed in gardens, on terraces or balconies in order to create a more romantic mood. Intense, diverse colors of LEDs and the amazing shapes of the lamps alone cause that the gardens and terraces turn into real dreamy wonderland. They turn on themselves after dusk and gently glow the whole night. They do not only illuminate, but charm. They do not need any electrical installations and are easy to use. However, not everyone knows that solar lamps do not have to fulfill only the decorative function. They can be the main source of lighting for our homes or courtyards. And here is a surprise – we will not talk only about creating a mood! But about the real lighting of the driveway, yard, and garage.
How does a solar lamp work?
The principle of operation of solar lamps is very simple. During the day, the solar panel is exposed to sunlight. The photovoltaic cell is heated by solar rays. And in this connection the whole mystery is hidden. The cell is used for direct conversion of solar energy to electricity. In short – this small rectangle converts energy from the sun into electricity. The energy is then stored in batteries that are mounted in the lamp. After dark, the lamp will turn on using the energy stored in the batteries instead of electricity from the network. Simple? And economical!
What batteries for solar lamps?
This is a frequently asked question. Solar lamps have different types of batteries. Mostly offered are lead-gel or nickel-metal-hydride (more often designated as NiMH) – the latter is our usual “finger” type of battery. It is always worth paying attention to their capacity. The bigger – the better. It is true that they will be charging for a longer time, but come on, they charge themselves for free! Instead, they store more energy and allow the lamp to shine longer! For small garden lights, solar house numbers just 1000mAH, for larger lamps -1800mAH is really good capacity. Sellers of solar lamps often state that the lamps shine a certain number of hours – it is always worth asking if it is time when the battery is fully charged. It is also worth checking if the batteries can be removed from the lamp
Take care of solar lamps
Garden lighting, which reaches the most people whose plot is located away from the place of residence, is solar lamps. They are relatively cheap and trouble-free to use. Just knock them into the ground and wait for the sun’s rays to charge the battery in them, which after dark will give us bright, delicate light. This type of lighting is an alternative to lamps powered by electricity, and their appearance on the market was especially enjoyed by those whose garden does not have access to this electricity. However, if we do not properly care for solar lamps, we do not enjoy them for a long time. Solar lamps are especially vulnerable to damages during the winter, so their appropriate application is particularly important in that season.
Can solar lamps work in winter?
On most solar lamps we can read that they are suitable for being outdoors all year long. And due to the newest technology they really are. However, the truth is that they are not indifferent to low temperatures and quickly falling dusk. Both factors affect the fact that the battery shortens its lifespan. In autumn and winter when the day is short, the lamp will not be able to fully charge, which unfortunately has its consequences. Therefore, the safest and the simple solution is to dismantle solar lamps and bring them home for a period of low temperatures. And in early spring, put them back in the ground and enjoy their light. If, on the other hand, we decide to leave them to adverse weather conditions, we must ensure that snow does not stay on them. This will prevent any battery charging. Similarly, if we do not intend to use the wall lamps, standing lamps, spotlights, etc. in the winter, it is best to protect them in the form of a dry place. However, the situation is different in places where there is no snowfall or very rarely. In this case, there are absolutely no contraindications for lightening the garden with sun lamps throughout the year.