How to wire solar cells to charge a twelve volt battery and power a light bulb at the same time? Answered
Okay so, I'm really lost and need some help for my school project. The goal is to charge a battery with solar cells that will power up a lamp/light bulb (whichever I can more feasibly do). I've constructed a series of panels that puts out about 17 volts. I understand that I will need to connect to positive and negative ends of the series to the respective ends on the twelve volt battery I have, but then I don't know how I wire in the light bulb?? I haven't taken any physics yet so I don't know much about electricity yet.
I have an outlet kit like this one:http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41kJjoNq2YL._SL500_SS500_.jpgwhich I received cause I was going to plug in a lamp? But I have no idea how I would do that so I'm probably just going to use this mounting bracket I have.
But again. I don't know how to physically do that.
Do I need to solder another wire to one of the cells in the series and then just solder it to the end of the light bulb?
I'm probably going to need a very dumbed-down explanation of what exactly I need to do to get this thing working.
Thank you sssoooooo much if you can help!