This simple instructable will show you how to install a solar garden path light in a glass ceiling tile, to provide some evening light on your veranda.
Note: Since the roof I was working with is made of terra cotta tiles, I used a glass tile, designed to interlock with the terra cotta tiles, but if your roof is made of a different building material, you may consider using a sheet of plexiglass or skylight instead.
• Glass roof tiles
• Solar path lights
• Super glue
• A ladder
Step 1: Build a veranda
I can only take credit for the concept for this veranda. All the credit for the construction goes to my 79-year old father-in law Moacyr, who pretty much singlehandedly constructed this veranda ( with a little help from his wife;-), which serves as a above ground bridge to connect our two houses. This is very convenient for moving from house to house at night, without having to walk through the backyard. It's also strategically located facing west, providing a wonderful view of the Brazilian sunset.
Step 2: Glass roof tiles
Obviously the sun does not pass through the terra cotta roof tiles, which are the most common roofing material in Brazil (and much of South and Central America). These tiles are durable, attractive, and inexpensive, but for the purpose of this project, I needed the glass tiles.
After shopping around a bit, I found that glass roof tiles, or "telha de vidro," are extremely expensive. These two tiles cost about $US40 each, which my father-in-law tells me was about the cost for all the terra cotta tiles for the roof. This is why these tiles are generally used for accent, to provide a bit of sunlight by day.
But of course my plan is to provide not just daylight through the roof, but a bit of solar light by night.