The first thing that comes to our head whenever we hear the word ‘solar light’ is the very basic concept behind it. Solar light, a light that needs solar power to go on, you don’t have to be rocket scientist to understand that.
And this is what brings us to our next concern, the one that mentioned in the headline, how are you supposed to charge this light on a day when the sun is not out?
That’s the real party popper, right? And why won’t it be? You need light every freaking day, but the Sun doesn’t go (or appear, for the situation) by your rule, does it?
In this case, you definitely need a way to charge your solar light on those days when the sun is literally not smiling upon you. And we’re here to show you that way.
Yes, although the idea of charging a solar light without the sun seems pretty laughable and stupid, it’s actually possible. Wondering how?
Don’t wonder, just look below.
3 Easy Step on How to Charge Solar Lights Without Sun
1. On a Cloudy Day
If you’re feeling skeptic about this one solution, we fully understand. Considering the basic concept of solar light, the idea of charging it on a cloudy day, doesn’t really stand a chance.
Or does it?
Yes, this is the best part. Since solar lights are constructed with solar panels that rely on sun for recharging, people often bear this concept in their brain that direct sunlight is the light’s only source of energy, which is nothing but a misconception.
Well, guess what, we’re here to break that misconception of yours once and for all, as it’s not true in the slightest.
No direct contact of the sun? Living in a clumsy, often-cloudy place like London? (Sorry about that, I love London, just trying to help you) That grey time of the year? Or the sun has just randomly decided not to show its face today?
Not a problem for your solar light! Cause its solar panel comes prepared.
You see, since the distance between the sun and the solar panel is quite long, solar panels are engineered with receptors that go best with the situation.
Receptor is what receives the light and restores it in the battery as converted energy. Now, these receptors are so sensitive, even the tiniest wave of ray can be detected by them.
And this is what makes them so special for cloudy, dark days. You don’t need the whole sun to be exposed for those receptors to catch the wavelength, just a few linings are enough. When it comes to converting light, receptors are better predators than tribal people in Amazon.
So, just sit back and relax. Your solar lights are out there with their panels placed on the top? As long as the sun exists, they are going to be fine, no worries.
However, one little thing must be kept in mind, the aftermath is definitely not going to be like that of a sunny day. Receptors will have to convert power from what little number of wavelengths they get from the ray, which is pretty low compared to the full exposure of the sun.
Yup, the projecting period is going to be shorter with the power received on a cloudy day. But rest assured, that won’t make any major, problematic difference.
2. Using Incandescent Light
This one sounds a lot more ridiculous than the first one, am I right? But hear us out! It’s not that ridiculous. In fact, once you’re familiar with the idea, you may find it more effective than the first one.
Not trying to take sides here, but even we’ll say, this solution is indeed more effective than relying on solar light receptors on a cloudy day.
Don’t be too surprised by what you’re about to read now. Just so you know, the world is full of unknown facts!
Receptors, besides picking up a little amount of sunlight wavelength on a cloudy day, are capable of converting the wavelengths of incandescent lights as well.
Shocking, right? But this is how it is! Solar panels are more than what you think they were (before today). Yes, light is necessary for them to produce power, but that necessarily doesn’t mean it has to be sunlight. (Or sunlight with full exposure!)
Sure, these panels are just some objects, they don’t have brains or nerves like us to decide what’s right and what’s wrong. They’re designed to follow a certain rule and the way they follow it, will leave you mesmerized.
We’re not going to get into complex details about the panel’s work process, that’s not necessary. We’re here to tell you what you need to know, and we’re going to do that the simple way.
The receptors of solar panels are manufactured to fetch light wavelengths and their design is incapable of detecting the source of the light. These receptors care about only one thing, and that’s the wavelength; which is also the reason why panels can charge themselves even on a cloudy day when the sun isn’t fully exposed.
And this is what makes it more interesting. Little do most people know, wavelengths of the sun and an incandescent light are pretty similar. In fact, it’s the same wavelength, just the portions aren’t same.
So, there’s that, you can always use an incandescent light to charge your solar light. Cloudy day, nighttime, doesn’t matter; it’ll deliver the same bright output you expect from your full-functioning solar light.
3. Using LED Light As a Substitute
We don’t expect you to be surprised this time after reading those two solutions above. Besides, it’s also nothing unique and new, considering the concept of charging the battery using an incandescent light. This solution is more like a substitute for the second one.
If you care, you can use an LED light instead of an incandescent one. The result is going to be the same; more beneficial if you consider the wavelengths.
The LED light’s proportion of UV and infrared waves is quite similar to that of the sunlight, which makes it a perfect substitute for both incandescent light and the sun. So, you are eligible to go for this option anytime you want.
There you have it, some easy solutions for your problem of charging solar lights without sun. Now your garden or street doesn’t have to be in dark at night if the sun doesn’t show up.
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