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Solar veranda roof light

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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.

Materials:
• Glass roof tiles
• Solar path lights
• Super glue

Tools:
• A ladder
 
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Step 1: Build a veranda

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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

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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.
Cheer's voted for your instructable :D
nice no-nonsense job
Winged Fist (author)  vincent75201 year ago
Thanks Vincent! I hope I earned your vote in the 'Off the Grid' contest;-)
how do I vote ?…
Winged Fist (author)  vincent75201 year ago
Vincent - You can click on the link I provided above to the 'Off the Grid" contest, or click on "Contests" tab at the top of Instructables webpage and view entries. You'll see all the projects entered, with a button underneath to vote. Thanks again!
done
have a nice week end
Junophor1 year ago
Hi Winged Fist

This is really a very good idea
and 5 stars worth!
Cheap Clever and easy to do. Congratulations to this pretty good light

Cheers Aeon Junophor
Winged Fist (author)  Junophor1 year ago
Thanks Junophor! Do they use this type of roof tile in Germany? I would think it more a southern European thing? These tiles are great for keeping the sun and rain off you, but I imagine not too good at keeping out frost;-)

PS Next time I'm down in Brazil, I hope to compliment these lights with something like your Emergency Light with Steampunk technology, but with a solar panel to recharge the batteries.
Hi Winged Fist

This type of roof tiles is very often used in Germany and Northern Europe, let me say nearly 95-99% of the roofs are made in this way. They are frost-resistent and such a tile lasts about 50 years.
So your idea will be copied very often I hope.

Your idea to combine my emergency light with a solar powered charger is great. It will work very well ;-))

I do it in the same way but with a seperate selfmade solar-powerd charger (using as well a former solar powerd garden lamp) to keep the emergency light mobile.
Send a picture after finishing!!

Cheers Aeon Junophor

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