Most homeowners take decorating their houses seriously. And unlike what you might think, you don’t need an expensive home interior designer to make your home look like a 5-star hotel. All you need is a few tips on proper decoration, which are readily available on the internet, and probably a little resourcefulness and creativity. And, of course, your home decoration doesn’t end indoors. You also have to make the exterior look as pleasing as possible. After all, it’s what your guests and other people will be seeing first.
Speaking of decorating your house exterior, you probably already have a few ideas on how you’d want your landscape to look. With a little help from some internet DIY videos, you can possibly make it happen. But it’s just a waste of beautiful landscaping if it can only be seen during the day.
That being said, you might want to consider having garden lights at night. Not only does it offer lighting that would allow you to display your beautiful garden landscaping at night, it also serves as an additional security feature to keep your house protected during the night.
If you are worried about the extra cost that you will have to take care of, there’s really nothing to be worried about. Garden solar lights are now available and they’re very easy to install. They are a lot cheaper than regular wired lighting and they’re environmentally friendly.
If you’re interested in getting one, then you need to know the basic things about solar lights. One of the frequently asked questions about solar lights is ‘Do garden solar lights need batteries?’. Keep reading and you’ll have the answer to this question.
Solar lights are made possible through what is called the photovoltaic effect. This effect makes use of solar cells and what it does is to convert light energy into electric energy with the help of semiconductor materials. The conversion from light to electric energy occurs without going through an intermediate process.
The cell itself is composed of multiple layers. Usually, the main material used for the back of the cell is crystalline silicone and another chemical that is capable of creating positively charged spaces. The front layer of the cell is made up of a chemical that can create negatively charged electrons.
As the sunlight passes through the first layer, it causes an excitement level that triggers the electrons to pass through the back of the cell. As a result, power is transferred through the charged spaces and into the embedded wires in the cell. The energy is then stored for use during the night or when it’s needed.
Do Garden Solar Lights Need Batteries?
The concept of solar lights is to gather as much solar energy as possible during the day, store it and use it to power the bulbs at night. That being said, it definitely requires a battery to store its collected energy into. Solar lights use a panel to collect the energy. It gets charged by direct sunlight and it stores the energy in the batteries.
Batteries Used in Solar Lights
Solar batteries are usually made from Nickel Cadmium. This type of battery is rechargeable and can last up to two years, if used moderately. And even if the solar light still works even though it’s been used for over a year of two, replacing the batteries is still recommended for safety purposes. But you also have to remember that NiCd batteries need to be disposed properly because they can be harmful to the environment.
Nickel Metal Hydride
Another type of battery usually used for solar lights is Nickel Metal Hydride or NiMH. Unlike NiCd, NiMH batteries do not cause any harm to the environment. Aside from that, this type of battery performs better when it comes to constant recharging. In other words, it doesn’t easily wear and tear after a certain number of recharges. This is why NiMH batteries tend to last longer than NiCd batteries.
With the advancement of technology, the design for solar lights have become simpler and more efficient over the years. Today the use of LED lamps offers more benefits than original solar light designs. There are batteries that can also last for up to 12 hours when fully charged.