Solar Powered Night Lights

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Introduction: Solar Powered Night Lights

Do something useful with your solar powered garden light. Instead of lighting up the garden path at night for that opossium raiding the trash, bring the light into the house. Use it as a solar powered night light.

I mounted two garden lights on the roof with wire extensions of the leds brought into the house. Just the solar cell unit with built-in batteries are on the roof. The led (Light-Emitting-Diode) that makes the light is in the house. The solar lights are mounted on top of a swamp cooler on my roof with the wiring brought through the vent.

Step 1: Mount the Solar Lights

Use 1 inch PVC tubing to make a holder for the lights. This is what the light holder looks like after construction and mounted on the cooler. But first, go get your saw and start cutting some tubing. The next step will show you how.

Step 2: Make the Light Stand

Cut two pieces of 1 inch PVC tubing, each one foot long. Join in the middle with an elboe. Use two more elboes on the end to support the up right post (black posts included in 4 pak) for the lights. I used two lights from a 4 pak at Home Depot. Hampton Bay # 498-959 on sale at the time for $16. The black upright posts fit in the elboe perfectly.

Step 3: Remove LEDs

Remove LEDs from the lights and attach to a twisted pair of wires long enough to go down the vent into your house. I used a small connector attached to a short pair of wires coming from the light. Then connect to your longer pair. Doing so will make disconnection for servicing easy. You can use a pair of wirenuts instead of the connector.

Step 4: Attach LED

Attach the led to a connector or a short lenght of a twisted pair of wires. This is installed inside your house were you want your night light. I mounted my leds just poking out the vent inside the hallway of my house. Wirenuts instead of a connector can be used to connect the mounted leds to the wires brought down from the solar lights. Led is shown with short leads connected to a connector. The heat shrink tubing is unshrinked to show assembly.

Step 5: Night Light Is On

Solar Night Light (my webpage)Now when the sun goes down, the led will light up inside your house. I used two lights to make two night lights. You can use just one if you like. You can also place leds in other areas of the home.

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vaseline on any & all electrical connections wil stop corrosion in its tracks...

cost of vaseline is about $2 max n my area as opposed to some of the other products that run $5 to $10 per ounce....

Just a thought....

so Is everything just stuck together? or did you use PVC adhesive??

It gave me an idea for an aluminium solar light stand with 3 poles. I needed something strong enough to hold 3 BIG solar flood lights and their respective solar panels.
Working on it.

Love this concept, but made a couple of changes to fit my projects. Placed the solar panels inside my sun-facing window, at the very top behind the Venetian blind (so even if it is all the way up you can't see it). Put the battery pack just out of the sun and ran the wires to the closet door next to it and mounted the LEDs inside the door frame with a contact switch on the door. When the closet door is opened,lights pop on and together, the two are good enough for most days. Completely hassle-free.

Thanks. Looking over your version again, I'm sorely tempted to give it a try. I'm thinking of doing this on my front porch, but a small adjustment. I notice that the lights are just left exposed, but I would run them right behind the actual light cover. Picked out some nice ones, and running the night light through them would avoid excess clutter and give a more professional look.

I want to make garden led lights using those 12v LED strip lighting. The ones I have are waterproof and use 4.8W per meter. I want to use 1 meter per light. I need to do about 20 so want to keep the parts to a minimum but all have their independent solar panels and batteries. Can you suggest a cheap way to do this? The lights I already have rolls of. I get a good amount of sunlight and just want the lights on most of the night. Maybe an auto shut off at a certain voltage so to not totally discharge the batteries.

Thanks!

I have a solar panel on the  outside of the south wall that goes with a set of solar rocks for a pond. I ran the wire threw the wall and put the lights over the kitchen cabinets for night lights. Free night lightning      t l

im going to camp a i want light in a tent and to charge a ds and phone/ labtop also power a cfl