The idea has room for growth and improvement; and it is by no means complete as presented.
Reaching inside your dark mail box at night can be quite an experience, since you dont know what creepy crawling creature is lurking inside with all your letters. After having a few unpleasant surprises I knew that I had to shine some light on the matter.
I remembered I had a spare solar accent light in my garage that had the potential of resolving my problem.
Step 1: List of Items
*-Rechargeable battery for solar light.
*-Magnetic switch or any other type of momentary mechanical switch.
*-A few inches of low resistance speaker or telephone wire to extend the length of the LEDs wires. The amount of wire depends on the dimensions of your mail box and the way you are going to route your wires. Fig. 1
*-Mail Box cover or lid (any type).
Step 2: Implementation
Open your solar light (fig. 3) and carefully cut and set aside the LED assembly from the rest of the circuit without damaging any of its components (remember the color code or polarity of the wires). Make sure you keep enough wire on both sides so later on you can splice an extension connection.
The modifications to the mail box lid depend on the type of solar light available, some are suitable for inside mounting others have to be mounted on the outside (this was my case).
Step 3: Puting All Together
Solder one of the low resistance wires from the pc board assembly to the Normally Open connection on the momentary switch. Solder to the Common terminal of the switch a wire to the LED assembly keeping the same polarity of the original accent light.
The remaining open connection has to be soldered directly from the pc board to the remaining LED terminal assembly.
Mount lid to mail box and route all the wires in a way they wont interfere with the postman, run the rest of the wire and LED assembly to the inner top of the box and secure it. How you secure it depends on you but remember to keep it clear from the mail.