How do solar lights store energy and how do they work?
Each fixture contains a solar collector panel that converts sunlight into electrical energy. The energy is stored in a rechargeable battery, used to power the fixture at night.
What is the difference between solar and other lights?
The term is misleading. There are many different kinds of light bulbs. When people talk about these types of fixtures what they are really referring to is how is bulb being powered, where is the energy coming from to turn the fixture on and make it glow. Solar lights as the name implies get their energy from the sun. During the day the sun shines on a solar collector panel and the energy from the sun is converted into electricity and stored in a battery that is then used to power the light bulb. Most use LED bulbs. This type of bulb uses very little electricity and can easily be powered by a battery.
How long to solar lights stay on?
The answer to that question depends on how well the batteries are charged. A few factors that can affect how long your lights will stay on are things such as how much sunlight does your region receive, where did you place the solar panel that collects the sunlight, if it is in direct sunlight, then it should charge the batteries that power lights no problem.
Most solar fixtures can stay lit for up to 10 hours with charged batteries.
Are solar lights as bright as regular lights?
They are usually not as bright as other outdoor lights. How bright your lights will be depends on how many LED light bulbs are in each light and how much power is each light getting, which depends on the sun.