Solar powered 3D lantern converting existing LED fairy lights?

Hi, I am trying to make a 3d lantern for my art project at college. I want to solar power it using Led fairy lights and a solar power rechargeable cell, I need to pull it all apart and just use the Led's of one colour, and put it all back together. The solar power cell is PCB wired to have 6 different functions. If I gut it and then rewire, how will I know which points to solder to just function as an on and off setting? I notice that the existing fairy lights have up to 4 wires running from them skipping to different colours in the circuit along the 10m length. Help. I have to have this project in in 1 weeks time! yikes, and I just found this site. P.S. I am a girl, so keep the answers low level tech!! :)?

el.lori3 years ago


All light sources in our houses or at work must give an appropriate amount of light depending on the type of activities we perform. While working on a task that requires medium concentration the illuminance in a room should be at least 300 lx. The desks and keyboards while working at a computer should be illuminated with about 500 lx and while performing tasks that require high precision and concentration the luminous flux density should be about 750 lx. For comparison the amount of light that is enough for relaxing and watching tv is about 20 lx. Under this value the human eye is not able to recognize the features of a face.

Examples of suggested illuminance in rooms

Living room

1.main lighting: 100-200 lx.

2.surface of a table for reading and writing: 300-500 lx.

3.dining table: 300-500 lx. stand: 500-750 lx.


1.main lighting: 200-300 lx.

2.under shelf lighting: 500 lx.

Other rooms

1.hallways, stairs: 50-100 lx

2.bathroom and toilet: 300-500 lx

Other exemplary values

1.facial features recognition: 20lx.

2.sunny day: up to 10 000 lx.

Multifunctionality of lighting

While designing lighting in a house or flat it is important to keep in mind, that very often one room is used for many different kind of activities. For example a living room is a good place to relax and watch TV (where a subtle, slightly diffused light is most appropriate) but also for family meetings and meals for which the luminous flux density should be about 300-500 lx. This is why we should not limit the light sources to only one, but to few different lighting points that can work independently from each other.

Many sources of light in one room

Due to the fact that most of the rooms in our homes are used for different activities, it is suggested to use multiple independent lighting circuits. A very good solution, that is more and more popular in interior design, is diffuse lighting. Diffused light may be produced both by a reflection of light from a completely nonspecular surface and by using multiple small point light sources.

Energy efficient and environmentally friendly

While designing the lighting in a house it is good to choose light fixtures that can work with energy saving light sources. This environmentally friendly lighting not only helps to save money, but it is also shows our care about the environment.

Good quality light sources

We should always remember to choose good quality light sources. Very often a theoretically cheaper light source is actually more expensive because of its shorter lifetime and because its performance is much lower than stated by the manufacturer.

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lemonie5 years ago
Hi, don't worry about the PCB, it's main function is to control the lights, which you don't need it to do. Make sure the solar panel produces more voltage than the rechargeable battery, and make sure you wire the LEDs in the right way (LED series/parallel array wizard).
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frollard5 years ago
solar lights are gonna output at most 2-3 volts Strings of fairy lights require household current - and because you called them 'fairy' lights I assume you in UK - so probably 220 volts. There is no reasonable way to make a solar light run more than 2 or 3 leds for any appreciable amount of time. There are strings of LEDS that use a much larger (say 2-10 watt) solar panel to charge a sla battery during the day and run a small string at night. Again, one, or even a few solar garden lights won't cut it.