Solar street lights are raised light sources which are powered by photo-voltaic panels generally mounted on the lighting structure or integrated in the pole itself. The photo-voltaic panels charge a rechargeable battery, which powers a fluorescent or LED lamp during the night.
Most solar lights turn on and turn off automatically by sensing outdoor light using solar panel voltage. Solar streetlights are designed to work throughout the night. Many can stay lit for more than one night if the sun is not in the sky for an extended period of time. Older models included lamps that were not fluorescent or LED. Solar lights installed in windy regions are generally equipped with flat panels to better cope with the winds.