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solar lighting help!!! Answered

I am seeking advice and or instructions. my hobby is stained glass, i am now doing hanging lanterns which i wish to light with solar same as garden solar lighting, but i wish to make it so i can have soler panel seperate form lantern. any advice or link for the supplies , parts etc. is welcome. thanks and have a great day.

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westfw (author)2007-03-23

You can currently get good deals on the solar panels that VW is using to keep the batteries in new cars charged during shipping and storage. Try an eBay search for VW SOLAR. Going price seem to be less than $20 each (plus shipping) which compares pretty nicely to the $4/W that wikipedia claims is the current price for "large" installations (which this isn't.)

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rickharris (author)2007-03-18

Good solar Pnls are hard to get (here in the UK anyway) at a reasonable cost - By far cheaper is to buy cheap solar garden lights and cannibalise them. That way you get the total working system often for a few £ or $

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That's actually a really expensive way to do it. You'd be paying about 7 dollars for about 2.5 square inches.

You'll want to get solar panels, and wire them to a battery. Then use that battery for the lights.

http://cgi.ebay.com/12V-Solar-Panel-Multi-Purpose-Charger_W0QQitemZ320093416516QQcategoryZ3188QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem

something like that might work for you.

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