This was also my first led. Super easy to make, I got all the parts from my local Radioshack.
Its quite bright depending on the amount of solar energy provided!

This is not my best instructable to be honest, The way to get power can be subsituted.

Step 1: Materials

There is a question that must be faced before starting:
What led color do you want - I chose red. as long as the led has a positive and a negative wire out the end, it works.
Solar, or battery power - I chose solar just to test it. If you can find a good battery pack that packs enough volts without breaking the LED and has a positive and negative wire, You're safe.

Once you faced these questions, you can get these parts, and start building

Welcome to the world of electronics! You're next job is to wire the solar panel to a battery so that you can use it at nighttime! What's the point of an LED if it's bright out? Good luck!
<p>not every room in my apartment gets light, with a solar rig like this, i can give light to plants in another room, while harvesting the sun from the lit room...? just an idea that i'm actually working on, check it out...</p><p><a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/LED-plant-light-battery-powered/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/LED-plant-light-ba...</a></p><p>love &amp; peace</p>
yeah. I was thinking about doing that. Good point also.
Seems careless without a resistor unless you know for sure the output of the solar panel won't fry your LED.
i have bought those kind of LED's before from radio shack, i believe that they come with a resistor built in
I am new to this! Lol. I am working on a better version
I can't believe I forgot to mention that! Yeah, even just a 500 Ohm resistor would do you good for an LED. I generally use 1k volts, but vary depending on the project.

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