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When is enough enough?
We have all seen the crack that the monopoly stores offer us in solar lighting.
The things litter yards to light up in the evening looking beautiful (for a spell).
Invariably, sooner-than-later, the corporate solar lights just fade away into obscurity, usually as a result of the proud owner of the yard lights tucking them into a basement or closet or garage or trash.
The lights are no longer working as anticipated.
Here's something you've never heard anywhere else:
The reason those nifty solar-powered lights do not last more than a year (unless you live in sunnier locations than Ohio, that is) is due simply that the lights don't offer a low-voltage protection to disconnect the load (lights) from the battery when the sun hasn't shined in two days or more.
Typically the lights will now be activated night and day because there isn't any sun; although the lights are not lit up, the load is still a drain on the battery ensuring that you return for more replacement crack from the monopoly store.
It's like this: If you have a flashlight and there's a battery in there that is fully charged, it will light-up when you hit the switch. However, if you leave the light on all night long, the battery is depleted and eventually will be of no use.
If the load (lights) are permitted to keep the battery in a fully-drained state, the battery eventually dies and will not hold a charge for very long when the sun finally comes back out.
If the capitalists cared to take the pride, effort and expense of adding a LVD (low voltage disconnect) switch, the battery would never be permitted to be fully depleted, ensuring that the life of the product is endured (as opposed to buying replacement batteries every 5 or 6 months).
As a protection to preserve the battery, the lesser of the two evils is to disconnect the load (in this case, lights) pending a sunny day when the batteries can be rejuvinated again.
The point is, to the best of my knowledge, there is not one solitary capitalist store where that particlular protection is added to solar lighting and that's why they fail so early.
Let's say that you obtain your new yard lights from any monopoly store and bring them home and wait up till night-time to enjoy the fruits of your labor (LOL) and find that they work just fine until dawn when the sun comes up and turns the lights off while at the same time rejuvinating the battery for the coming-night's use.
Perfect...until the sun doesn't shine the next day.
It's at that point when your lights are noticed to begin to dim with each passing hour of the next evening when they become activated.
Let's say there's no sun for 5 days, now what?
Is that battery going to take on a full charge again? It might take some charge, but rest-assured your days are marked and that battery is going to be useless garbage (hence the lights are not reliable).
We can do better than this.
The move from dependency upon monopoly-interest(s) of the "Public" utility, when one choice for an electric provider is no choice, Lights are the easiest thing to take off-grid.
A recent undertaking was to create automagically-activated lighting.
The photos below show the first two installations upon a deck in which two 100w 12v solar panels, coupled with a 185ah (185 amp-hour) battery, create the off-grid lighting. Although the photos shown below are not the final product, already the solar lights (LED's from 12v power source) enhance the surroundings.
The Deck's solar setup comprised of two nominal 12v solar panels that supply the power to a charge controller that rejuvinate the 185ah battery when the sun shines, ensures long-life of the system.
In the evening, or during no-light situations, the battery supplies the power to the lights. When the sun finally comes back out, the recharging process starts all over again. The charge controller, a device between the battery and solar panel, comes with a LVD (low-voltage disconnect) to ensure that the battery is not only charged during the daylight hours (and never over-charged), but also never allows the load (lights) to kill it's power source (the battery).
The Lights are dependent upon motion sensed by a motion-sensor switch. The system is set up so that when there is no need for lights, they automatically turn off. The system "knows" when lighting is needed as it senses motion to activate. Each sensor has an adjustable dial that allows the lights to stay on between 5 minutes (that's what I left the sensors set at) but are adjustable up to 20 minutes (if there's no activity). If there's something moving, the lights stay on for another duration before the next check for motion.
Since the motion sensors can be set at a wide-range of operable duration once motion is activated, the sensor units can be used in other areas such as powering on security cameras and alarms, etc.
The setup has yet another device incorporated into the system. Since it is not desirable (or practical) to turn on lights when it's already daytime, the motion-sensor switch is dependent on a photo-sensor switch.
The photo-sensor switch is programmed to only work during the night-time or low-light situations. When the photo-sensor senses no light, the motion-sensors become powered and if motion is sensed, the lights illuminate.
Energy stored in the battery will remain in the battery until two requisites are met, that being dusk and motion.
With AC lights, what are your predominant choices?
Tubes or bulbs.
Forced AC vs 12v Lighting
We need to do better than this because there is an end to the debt-trail.
Okay I'm getting off-track a bit, but my point is that if the public were able to hear another viewpoint from something other than the upper-class monopoly-types, they might be apt to do something about the fall from grace and our Nation's Present Worth
To close that topic up, let me clarify, the monopoly media, whether online, printed, aired or televised, might inform you that it takes 10 years to pay off an off-grid solar addition to your home but this is very misleading because they will stop after making such a claim and now your mind also stops with "oh wow, ten years is a long time".
What monopolistic-interests won't tell you is that the system basically lasts forever!
In other words, if your Grandfather purchased solar panels and created an off-grid power-plant in his day for his family, you'd be basking in free-energy for you and your family today (unless trees fell on each of the solar panels, then all bets are off).
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