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How to make a solar powered light to hang from my canvas gazebo roof? Roof is solid so power source has to be outside. Answered

This is your standard pitched roof canvas gazebo with a small canvas vent at top. I want to have chandelier-type light hanging from roof for lighting when we hang out there at night but all the lights I see on the market have the cell attached directly to the light. I need the power source to be attached but remote from the actual light (think chandelier). Please help.

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frollard (author)2009-04-04

Not exactly what you have in mind: https://www.instructables.com/id/Solar-Powered-Night-Lights/

This guy made a bunch of extension cables moving the leds themselves from the small lanterns to the remote location (in house). You can get these things for 1-2 dollars a piece. Not a terrible plan if you want 'LOW' lighting.

Otherwise, build your own:

All solar systems use similar components - panel(s), charge controller, battery, and a load (either inverter for 110/220v or 12v) You could convert a chandelier to led/cfl, and run that off of 12 volts easily. The panel, battery, and controller you need would depend on the load you intend to apply.

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blue21 (author)frollard2009-04-11

Thanks so much for your ideas! We'll give it a try.

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frollard (author)blue212009-04-12

Document what you do, and post an ible, or forum topic - whether it works or not!!!

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