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Solar pumpkin lights

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Every Halloween countless children and adults carve pumpkins to show their spirit. Usually the pumpkin is lit up with a candle or two. Candles, if watched, are usually safe. But if left unattended the candle could become a burning inferno causing thousands of dollars of damage or even loss of life.

My submission this year is a simple one. Reduce the risk of fire by replacing the candle with LEDs. But why stop there. In this instructable I will also show you how to keep it green as well by using scavenged solar garden lights.
 
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Step 1: Materials and Tools And a quick Start

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This Instructable will require:
At least 1 solar garden light per pumpkin being carved
The pumpkins
Some wire
Solder
And possibly some AA sized ni-cd batteries

For tools:
A screwdriver (if the solar garden light can be disassembled)
A knife or boxcuter(have a parents help with this if your a young-en)
A hot glue gun
A soldering iron
Wire Strippers
A rotary tool

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Typically the top of solar lights twist off of the base.

Then the top will come apart in one of two ways(that I have seen so far)

A.) There will be screws with the heads on the underside.
If this is the case then remove the screws then the bottom and the top will separate. Remove the control board by hand (if you can).

B.) The halves are pressed or welded together.
If this is the case then you will need to carefully cut and pry the halves apart.


Once you have the two halves apart you will need to separate the solar cell.

I gently pried the solar cell from the top (it was held in place with some silicone) and cut the three wires.

The lower half, which holds the control board and acts as a battery holder, was then trimmed to a minimal size.

I suggest using a rotary tool to trim the edges of the plastic. This plastic (typically exposed to a good amount of UV) tends to crack and shatter when using snips
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