Solar lights work like a miniature version of a rooftop solar panel system with one important distinction: solar lights must include battery storage.
Solar power can be used in many ways. Aside from a traditional rooftop solar panel installation, you can take advantage of solar energy with solar lights that capture, store, and use the sun's energy to light up your property.
There are many different types of solar lights available, from solar lawn lightstosolar string lights and more. During the daytime when the sun is shining, solar cells attached to the light generate electricity and store it in a battery. Most solar lights include a darkness sensor so that come night time, they will automatically turn on and start using their stored electricity. While many solar lights have their solar cells built right into the same unit as the light itself, some products will have lights separate from the solar panel providing power to it.
Most solar lights are LEDs that only use a small amount of electricity. Because of this, many solar lights can run for a full night (if not more). Most solar lighting systems have a 'nightly run time' rating that indicates how long you can expect lighting given a certain amount of sun exposure. Keep in mind that these run times will vary significantly from the actual lighting time you get from your solar lights, as factors like shading, geographic location, and cloud cover will all impact how much sun the attached solar cells can convert to electricity.