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Do solar lights work in winter?


marrktinfle
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Hi, I am considering purchasing solar lights and wondered if they work in winter? Thanks.


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jimbojones
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Hi

The answer is whether solar lights work in winter is not simply yes or no. It is a bit complicated:

- Firstly, cheap and nasty solar lights will have solar panels that do not charge under a certain light level (eg cloudy) - but reasonably good quality solar  panels will charge even if the light level is low. So this is critical.

- Solar lights will stop charging if their solar panels have snow on them, so I will answer the question assuming the winter you asked about does not have snow.

- But in answer to your question ... YES! Good quality solar lights most definitely will charge during winter, as they are (or should be) built to store their charge for more than one day, so even though there is less sun, the solar light should do just fine. But this depends on having good quality solar panels and good quality long charge batteries. 


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Solar lights can work more efficiently if they receive direct sunlight. This means the more sunlight they collect at day time, the more they will charge up.

The amount of sunlight they gather would directly affect the length of time theirs light remains illuminated during the evening. A fully-charged solar light from 8 hours of daylight can approximately be able to operate for 15 hours.

Cloudy weather could affect the manner that solar lights charge; this is primarily caused by the cover would not allow as much light to penetrate.

When it is hazy, you can observe a decline in the longevity of your illumination in the evening. Additionally, utilizing solar lights for an extended period without adequate sunlight may sooner or later impair their capability to charge appropriately.

This is why during the coldest or hazy, cloudy season, the operating times of outdoor solar lights may differ as much as 30 to 50%.

While it is true that solar batteries could charge with the aid of incandescent light, it is generally much better to charge them under direct sunlight.

For those who own solar lights that are separate from the solar cell panel, the panel is the only one that needs to be situated in a spot where they will be allowed to collect more sunlight.


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