Indoor solar lights
Posted by Solar energy guru | Filed under Solar powered products
If you’ve ever seen something glow in the dark, then you understand the basic concept behind indoor solar lights. You set them up in an area where they’ll receive a good amount of sunlight, and they store that power for the night time. Solar lights are extremely easy to use and efficient. If you’re looking for a good way to both cut your electric bill and do your part to help out the environment, indoor solar lights are a great and inexpensive way to do both. Most solar powered appliances represent a big investment, but indoor solar lights are a great way to go solar and stay within your budget.
Anybody who has to pay their electric bill knows that lights can consume a lot of electricity over time. Indoor solar lights never use electricity, so once you buy them, they only save money that you would be spending anyways. A lot of solar energy systems cost a lot upfront and take a long time to pay themselves off. With solar indoor lights, that’s not really the case. There are very specific requirements when it comes to installing solar indoor lights, which is why they remain a very nice product. If you don’t live in a good environment for receiving solar energy (which can happen for a number of reasons), then you’re not going to want to invest in a product that won’t work well for you.
If you’re just looking to buy a few solar lights to put inside, they’re best placed on the near or at windows. They won’t work at all unless they are put under sunlight for a significant amount of time (at least a few hours), so you’ll need a room with a lot of sunlight. You’ll want to plan ahead of time for solar lights, because if they don’t get enough light, not only will they not get enough power, but they’ll also wear out the battery faster (they use batteries to store the energy for night use).
Overall, solar lights are going to be most effective in a house that receives a lot of natural sunlight. If you don’t have a lot of windows, don’t get a lot of sunlight in your area, or if your house or apartment is mostly in the shade, you’re not going to be able to use them very effectively. The extra initial cost of solar indoor lamps isn’t much, but solar lights are going to be useless if they don’t get enough power to last throughout the night.
With solar energy, one of the main concerns is with the cost/benefit ratio it presents. That’s because solar energy systems are more expensive than most electrical appliances, as they need more expensive equipment to draw in solar energy. This rule usually applies indoor solar lights as well, but the price is usually well worth it. Some solar lights can even be fairly inexpensive – because the solar power in them is used to charge the battery as opposed to powering the actual light, the panels can be made very small and inexpensively.
Solar lights are usually held inside a lamp structure, which is what contains the solar panels needed to draw in energy. The actual bulbs themselves are often just regular light bulbs; it’s the power source that sets indoor solar lights apart. You can find a solar light for about $30 at the cheapest, but more expensive lamps can cost over $100. The difference lies more in the appearance of the lamp than in the solar energy, but the solar panels add about $10 extra to what would be the normal price.