Outdoor camping lights are a basic requirement when camping outdoors, they can make your trip easier and safer, plus they look cool. But did you know that you can actually make your own? It’s not as difficult as you might think or as expensive as you might imagine. And in most cases it’s a lot cheaper than buying a ready made one.
The first thing you need is a strong yet flexible solar panel.. For the most part, solar panels are designed to withstand one to three sun exposures a day over a year. You should get at least four.
The next thing you need to do is find a sturdy yet flexible rope. You don’t want anything too rigid, ideally you want something flexible, but not slippery. Ideally the rope should be about 18 inches in length, so that you can tie multiple lights onto one, but if this is not possible then opt for a longer length.
Now you simply attach the solar panel to the rope or to any other light fitting that you have. If you have multiple fittings then use multiple strands of the same string. Tie them together with the right knot. That’s it. Now all you have to do is hang the unit up, preferably on a low tree branch, or on the ground (but it doesn’t really matter). You will need to get at least four feet of rope, and this measurement will depend upon the size of the solar panel.
You should probably invest in some lights with different colour strings. This will make it much easier to identify them and to change them. Some people also buy different coloured cords to go with their string of lights.
The Outdoor Camping Lights
When you are changing your string, just tie a new one on and secure it to the light. There is no need to cut through the string. This will prolong the life of your lighting system. It may take a few uses to get used to changing the string, but it is very simple. And soon enough you won’t even notice that there was ever a problem with it.
The main thing is to never leave the outdoor camping lights plugged in overnight. This is dangerous and could be fatal. It could also burn out the batteries, causing them to overheat and melt. And don’t forget that you have to unplug them to change the batteries. And be careful with where you leave the batteries and how long you leave them in direct sunlight.
It is also very important that the string is completely tied to the solar panel, never letting it tangle or twist. As long as the two are tied together, the string will provide enough strength to hold the solar panel on the ground. You need to be careful when doing this, because if you get too much wind, the string could snap ending up tearing the solar panel. If this happens you will have a large hole in your hands. And of course that would be unfortunate. You should always keep the solar panel on a flat surface and tie the string securely.
Using Solar Lights
Next, you should think about how many lights you will need for outdoor use. The more lights you have, the bigger your solar panel needs to be. You should plan on having at least three sets of outdoor lights and possibly four or five depending on how much activity you will be having. A five-bulb outdoor light, for example, will need a bigger panel than a two-bulb outdoor light.
Finally, you need to figure out how many hours of sunlight you will be getting each day. If you have a clear blue sky, then obviously you don’t need as many lights as those that are getting a little bit of shade. For those who are using solar lights, it is less of a factor of how much sun they get, but rather a matter of how many hours per day that the lights are exposed to the sun. Obviously the lights get their power from the sun, so the number of hours of sunlight is directly related to how many hours of light the solar panel can produce.
After you have figured out how many hours of light you will be needing, you can then divide that number by five hours, and that will give you the number of hours of light needed to keep campers awake. Of course if there are any areas where the sunlight is not as bright, then that could drastically affect the amount of lighting that is produced. However, once you have figured out how many hours you will be using the solar panel and the solar panels, you can then calculate how big of a solar panel you will need. There are some calculators on the market that allow you to do this, and if you take a calculator along on your camping trip, you will be able to figure it out in an easy way.