Can Solar Lights Charge on A Cloudy Day

Can Solar Lights Charge on A Cloudy Day
Cloudy with a chance of rain won't stop the sun from charging solar lights! 
 
Many people who purchase or are thinking of purchasing solar lights are asking if these lights charge when it is cloudy. 
 
I am here to shed some LIGHT on the matter.
 
First off, we are going to take a look at the general answer with some general information. After you get the general information, we will go into more detail about it.
On a cloudy day or even a rainy day, the sun is blocked. However, solar lights are still going to charge. The clouds can diffuse the strength of the sun but not take the rays completely away. This allows the panels to charge.
However, with the sunlight being diffused, you are not getting a full charge. This means that the rays are only providing up to half of what they normally would on a sunny day. This also means that the lights will not last as long. Keep in mind it can be cloudy for a few days and your solar lights will work like normal due to the battery's capabilities. The batteries in the solar lights have the ability to store energy. However, if you are experiencing cloudy days for a long time, it will affect how long the lights are working each night.

Solar Lights

Solar lights are easy to use and set up. They do not require any type of electricity and it makes them better for the planet. Plus, it is easier for you to have a beautiful landscape for a fraction of the cost. However, cloudy days make them work less efficiently. The clouds do not stop the lights, it will affect how they run. Keep in mind it depends on the manufacturer as to how long they will last and how durable they are. 
 
The Bright Right Solar-Powered LED lights have batteries that can store energy and provide you with the light you need even on cloudy days. 
 
Plus, they don’t need any batteries or complicated installations with ugly wiring over your yard. Just stick them into the ground and they immediately begin absorbing the suns energy so they light up 8 LED lights at night!
 

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Function

A solar light has panels on it. These are the power packs. Each power pack has solar panels, batteries, and control systems. The batteries are generally made of lead-acid or cadmium. The panels on the light are going to be responsible for collecting the sunlight. The control system in the light will process this and turn the sunlight into energy or power. The batteries will then store this power until the lights are ready to be used.
It depends on what brand you are buying as to how long the light needs to be in the sun to fully charge. This is also going to determine how long the light will stay on when the batteries are charged. On a cloudy day, the times will vary from the normal estimates.

Significance

As stated before, the clouds are going to diffuse the sunlight. This is what will cut how productive your sunlight is being to your solar light. This will allow the panels to charge but will not charge as well. The power production on a cloudy day is about half of what it is on a sunny day. In the winter, you can expect lights to work fifty percent less of the time than in the summer.

Exceptions

If the conditions are right, clouds will increase the amount of power. This is when you have cumulus or the puffy clouds that cover the sun. These clouds allow the sun to penetrate through them. When this happens, the panels are absorbing the sun and the reflections off the cloud. These bursts provide more energy than a normal sunny day.

Conclusion

Many people live in areas where there is a cold winter where the sun is not shining a lot of the time. If this is you, you should turn the switches off or bring the lights indoors.
However, we can all be thankful that cloudy days are temporary. The sun comes back eventually, and when it does it charges the batteries and the cycle starts over again. Within a few days, your lights will be working at full power again.
You are now ready to install solar lights and you know how they work in all sorts of weather conditions.
Bring on the Rain!