can solar lights charge in shade

Can Solar Lights Charge in Shade?

There is no better way to reduce your carbon footprint and save a few bucks every month than using solar powered lights.

However, because solar lights depend on the sun, some people might question their reliability.

For this reason, in this article, we will shatter all your doubts by answering some of the most asked questions about solar lights efficiency including:

  1. Do Solar Lights Need Direct Sunlight to Charge?
  2. Can Solar Lights Charge in Shade?
  3. Will Solar Lights Charge Through Glass/Window?
  4. Can Solar Lights Charge Indoors?

So without further ado, let’s jump right into the first question.

Do Solar Lights Need Direct Sunlight?

To answer your question, first, you need to understand how solar lights work.

Solar lights’ main component is solar panels, which are semiconductor materials that can capture sun radiation (photons) and convert it into electricity.

Sun radiation is everywhere around us and for this reason, your solar lights don’t need direct sunlight to charge.

However, it’s important to mentions that although solar lights don’t need direct sunlight, it’s always better to install your lights in a sunny spot.

As it will maximize sun radiation exposure, resulting in more electricity generation, thus, your lights charge faster and will run much longer.

Related Article: How Do Solar Lights Work

Can Solar Powered Lights Work in Shade?

The short answer is yes, your solar powered lights can and will charge even in shade.

To elaborate, even in the shade, there is still some solar radiation and the solar panel will absorb as much solar radiation as possible.

But due to the fact that there isn’t much light available, the panel will produce less electricity.

And as a result, your lights will be dim and will stay up for fewer hours at night.

Will Solar Lights Charge Through Glass Or Window?

The short answer is solar Lights will continue to charge through glass, but they won’t be very efficient.

This is because glass tends to reflect sunlight, which leads to less sunlight absorption by the solar panels, thus, less electricity production and less charging efficiency.

In other words, they will still work but their performance will be reduced, so make sure to install your solar lights panel in a sunny place with no windows or glass nearby.

Can Solar Lights Charge Indoors?

As mentioned before, solar lights can charge indoors. However, if you want to use your solar lights indoors with full efficiency you have 3 options:

  1. Place the solar lights outside or in a sunny place during the day, then move them inside at night
  2. Charge your solar light indoors using regular artificial lamps
  3. Opt for indoor solar lights. Indoor solar lights are designed that the solar panel is separated from the light itself, so you can place your solar panel outside in the sun while keeping the light in the house

Related Article: Best Indoor Solar Lights Review

Last Words

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