The World’s Most Beautiful Gardens

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Gardens are a beautiful thing to behold. There’s nothing quite like being at one with the great outdoors, and a botanical garden can offer a taste of the natural world combined with history, culture, and beautiful architecture.

There are hundreds of incredible botanical gardens around the world. From the beautifully cultivated gardens of the Chateau of Versailles, to the 1350 varieties of cactus in the Desert Botanical Garden in Arizona, to the “Alice In Wonderland”-style bright colours of Dubai Miracle Garden, each garden has its own unique character and vibe.

At The Solar Centre, we have put together a collection of our favourite botanical gardens across the globe. So make sure to check these out if you’re ever in the area!

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Win! Mini London Solar Post Lights (4 pack)

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Win our top selling Mini London Solar Post lights :
Win Mini London Solar Post Lights (4 pack)

 

Checkout our fall range of Solar Lights

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Ingenious Ways To Save On Your Household Bills

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Most of us are constantly trying to save money where we can, whether it’s skipping that takeaway coffee in the morning or limiting how many items of clothing you’ll buy in a month. While we may have to make a conscious effort in order to save those extra few pennies, there are ways that you can save on your household bills and you’ll be surprised to see how your savings can build up over time.

Our latest infographic tells you everything you need to know about how to save on your household bills, whether that’s fixing your dripping taps to save water or investing in solar panels. As well saving money where you can, most of these tips will also help the environment, so it’s a win-win situation! Take a look at the infographic below to find out more about how you could end up saving money with minimal effort.

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14 Green Living Myths

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In recent times, it’s become common knowledge that we all need to do our bit to be more environmentally friendly. While many people now go to extremes in order to reduce their carbon footprint, such as spending thousands on solar panels, there are other ways in which you can become more ‘green’ with far less expense. However, as much as it’s great to do whatever you can to help the environment, it seems that there are a few myths around what can actually be beneficial to helping our planet Earth.

Our latest infographic explores these green living myths so that you know exactly what to do to become more environmentally friendly, instead of wasting your time and efforts. For example, while turning off appliances when they’re not in use is always a good idea, for financial reasons as well as environmental reasons, you also need to make sure they’re turned off at the socket, as they’ll still continue to use power even when they’re switched off. Take a look at the infographic below to find out more about these green living myths and how you could maximise your efforts to become more ‘green’.

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Worlds from Fiction

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Books, films and comics have all brought different imaginary worlds to our attention. Whether you’re a die-hard Harry Potter fan or your interests lie within the world of Narnia, it’s a wonderful feeling to be able to immerse yourself in a different world. While some imaginative places may be alongside Earth, such as Neverland which can be reached in the sky, some worlds are entirely dystopian, for example, Middle Earth from The Lord of the Rings.

Our latest infographic gives you an insight into these different worlds, along with where they’re from and who thought them up. We’ve also included some interesting facts about them such as the Hundred Acre Wood being inspired by the Five Hundred Acre Wood in Sussex, and that Asgard is based on the realm of the same name from Norse religion. Take a look at the infographic below to find out more about the fictional worlds you know, and to discover any that you didn’t know before.fictional-worlds

 

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What Would Happen if the Sun Disappeared?

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Even if you don’t know much about science, and outer space in particular, most of us know that that great big yellow thing in the sky is quite important for our existence. The majority of us will realise that without the Sun, things down here on Earth would be pretty cold and dark. However, we were curious to see what else might happen if our giant source of heat and light were to suddenly vanish from the sky.

Our latest infographic explores everything that would happen should the sun disappear, along with a timescale of how long it would take for these things to happen. For example, within eight minutes all the planets would start to travel in a straight line through space because there would no longer be a gravitational pull from the Sun and the surfaces of the oceans would freeze over within a couple of months. Take a look at the infographic below to find out more about what would happen to us and our planet if the Sun were to disappear.if-the-sun-disappeared

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Do solar lights work in winter? – the definitive guide

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  1. Do solar lights really work in winter?
  2. Why are my solar lights not on dusk till dawn in winter?
  3. How do you charge solar lights in winter?
  4. What are the best solar lights in winter?
  5. How do you to charge solar lights without sun?
  6. How do solar lights work in the shade?
  7. Can you use rechargeable batteries in solar lights?

 

  1. Do solar lights really work in winter?works-in-winter

All Solar lights work in winter as long as the Solar panel receives enough daylight to power up the batteries to a point that the light can function assuming no faults.

Many people ask if our lights work at winter after having a poor experience in the past, normally with very cheap budget type lights.

All solar lights use rechargeable batteries and with a good set of Lithium Ion batteries costing upwards of £10 so a solar light is less it’s likely to be very limited in performance.

  1. Why are my solar lights not on dusk till dawn in winter?dusk-till-dawn-solar-lights

“Dusk to till dawn” or “always on” are the most common type of solar lights that run at night until dawn or until the charge in the batteries runs out. However the dusk till dawn description can build unrealistic expectations and here at Solarcentre we try our best not to use that description as the time of year, panel positioning and of course the specification of the light all determine how long the light will operate for.
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21 December 2016 is the next solstice and the sun will rise at 07:07 and set at 16:21 in London, that’s 9hrs 14mins of daylight or 14hrs 46 mins night.

 

 

For our premium solar products 1hr direct sunlight can provide up to 1.3hr LED/SMD light output.

Here at Solarcentre we launched two massive technological advances in our solar lights, Power Saving mode, which doubles the light run time by reducing the power going to the LED/SMD bulb.

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Our first Dual Solar Panel lights were also introduced on the Kodiak range. Both features combined offer more than 4 times the runtime of comparable lights without these features.

 

 

  1. How do you charge solar lights in winter?charging-in-winter

No matter what time of year solar lights charge in the same way, the main differences between winter and summer is that the length of time between sunrise and sunset reduces.

The sun in the UK is lower in the sky in winter which has two knock on effects. One being that sunlight has more atmosphere for the suns rays to pass through and the other that a solar panel will produce more when pitched at approximately a 45% angle rather than straight up.

Avoiding shadows is particularly crucial in winter as lengthening shadows that may not have been a factor in summer can make a review of a solar panels positioning an essential task in winter.

  1. What are the best solar lights in winter?best-winter-solar-lights

There are many solar lights that are best for UK winter conditions but it really depends on what you need the solar lights for.

Security solar lights with motion sensor are perfect all year round as the lights that only trigger when movement has been sensed, this is how we can make a security lights with 1,400 Lumens (the brightest in the UK). If bright lighting is essential in winter then we always strongly recommend a motion activated light to provide the best guarantee of the light being there when you need it.

Our range of remote panel solar security lights

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Fairy lights of course use far less power and work all year round. Our Lumify fairy lights have a USB top up for if you ever have very long periods of no sunlight or if you’re struggling to get the panel in a good position for the winter sun.

Last but not least our dual panel lights with power saving mode boast the best light runtimes for always on light in winter!

  1. How do you to charge solar lights without sun?solar-lights-without-sun

Solar panels use the energy from daylight and not direct sunlight, direct sunlight provide the best conditions as it’s the least diffused through cloud. Even the angle of the sun throughout the year is massively affected just by the amount of atmosphere the rays need to pass.

Dark thick cloud will absorb far more daylight than thin white clouds and will in turn reduce the output of the panel. So even on a cloudy and rainy day your panels are still working away.

  1. How do solar lights work in the shade?solar-lights-in-the-shadew

As above solar lights still work in the shade without sun but for the best performance, no matter the time of year, solar panels should be angled directly at the sun with nothing in the way to diffuse the light.

  1. Can you use rechargeable batteries in solar lights?battery

All “real” solar lights should have rechargeable batteries to work, the solar panel simply recharges the batteries during daylight and the lights come on once the sun has set.

Why not check out our full range of solar lighting designed here in the UK for the UK – Click Here For Solar Lights

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How Technology Will Change According to Science Fiction

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The future remains perhaps the most continuous field of interest in the history of humanity, with the obsession with guessing the unknown remaining a hugely popular topic in society. Films such as Star Wars or Star Trek have captivated the imaginations of the world by providing a glimpse into the future of how things could be. Society now dreams of flying their own S.S. Enterprise, having a lightsabre duel or experiencing “death by snu-snu”… Obviously however, there is a long way to go before those dreams become reality.

Different tales of science fiction are set at different periods in Earth’s future, with different futuristic tales outlining the history of the human race throughout the present millennium. Some were highly overambitious, whereas others predicted that we’d have modern technology far later. Have a look for yourself and let us know how excited you are for society’s future if science fiction is anything to go by!

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How Do Solar Panels Work?

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In recent years, the popularity of solar panels has spiked with the increasing awareness of the need to move away from fossil fuels. Solar panels have been around for decades, having first been used in the 1960’s by space pioneers. Despite being around for so long, many people do not understand the science behind solar panels, and more importantly, how they are able to generate electricity from the Sun. In nature, the Sun provides energy to the Earth and most of the life that lives on it. Solar panels were invented to capture this energy and then convert it into usable energy which can then be used to power appliances in day-to-day life. The process is not as complicated as you may imagine, with it mainly to do with the flow of electrons triggered by the energy of the sun. Have a look for yourself and answer one of life’s great mysteries; how do solar panels work? Get those GCSE Chemistry books ready for reference!

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How the Sun Controls Nature

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Light is without doubt one of the greatest limitations and controls of life, and the greatest source is the Sun. For billions of years, this has influenced the way in which animals have evolved and adapted to their surroundings. As well as this, in the Sun’s absence, animals must come up with ingenious tactics in order to survive. For instance, during the night and in deep-sea environments, a lack of sunlight controls the way life behaves. Lions and other big cats for instance have evolved to hunt best in total darkness and are far more dangerous with no light.

On the other end of the spectrum, animals such as reptiles and birds can be totally dependent on the Sun. Snakes, for example need to warm-up in the Sun as they are ectotherms, and are unable to function properly when their bodies are cold. The Sun can also be used for migration, both in the sea and on the land. It therefore controls nature both directly and indirectly, and moulds the way life functions around it. Have a look at our striking new infographic and see how your favourite animal’s evolution has been affected by the Sun!

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