Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Understanding Solar Christmas Lights
If you are like many people out there, then it seems that the nightmare of setting up your Christmas lights is still there in your recent memory. You will not only need to have the bundles untangled, but after you will manage to do so with much effort and frustration, you will need to hassle with running the power cord into your home, with the outside outlets and with the electrical cords. I guess you got the idea that generally, this can be a very annoying experience.
But if you want to stop worrying about this, you should know that you can now get solar Christmas lights which will practically take care of much of this problem. These are very intuitively designed lights and they will not require tangles of cords or outlets in order to function.
What's great about these lights is that they all come with a completely equipped small solar panel which you will have to place in an area of your yard where the sun shines. When the sun sets, the power that has been gathered by the small solar panel is going to be used in order to power up the solar Christmas lights. The photovoltaic solar panel usually comes with a built-in sensor which will turn your lights off and on so you don't have to do so.
You will find that inside these photovoltaic cells lies a semiconductor material like silicon which helps with absorbing the energy of the sun. It creates electricity through the electron movement along the circuit within the panel. Because the electricity it creates needs to be stored somewhere, the battery storage is thus the best option.
The miniature solar panel is attached through a diode, to a NiMH battery. The electricity which is captured will then flow from the panel into the battery in order for it to be used later. As long as the sun is in the sky, this process will continue and charge the batteries for night use.
Usually, you will find the batteries that come with solar Christmas lights to be rated for sixteen hours. The fact is that if the weather is not great and you have a cloud sky, then you can expect those sixteen hours to be halved. In the majority of cases even eight hours is more than enough, unless you plan on watching the lights all night long and notice when they go down.
There is also a sensor which is built into the solar Christmas lights system. This detects when the sun sets in order to turn on the light. It will do so until the sun will rise the next morning.
Even though you have had many problems when it comes to installing Christmas lights for your Christmas tree or home, this Christmas you will never have to worry about that any longer. With the solar powered Christmas lights, your frustrations are gone and all you have left is a wonderful looking front yard that's decorated by these amazing lights!