Intro: Solar Panel Lighting
I`m in the middle of redecorating my Home , and decided to enhance the appearance of my plants with LED lighting.
I went and bought a few planters , added some strong plants that love sun and placed them outside my kitchen.
Now , when the evening comes, without the LED i will not enjoy their looks.
So , for that the next cool ( and easy ) project comes.
eNjoy and let me know what you think
Step 1: Materials List
You need to buy the next :
Solar panel charger : http://www.ebay.com/itm/20A-PWM-Solar-Panel-Charge...
12v 5AH lead acid battery: http://www.ebay.com/itm/PowerStar-2YR-WARRANTY-Bat...
6 Meter of wiring
Wire terminal ends: http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-175pc-Solderless-Crimp...
Led strip ( Waterproof ) http://www.ebay.com/itm/Waterproof-5M-DC-12V-SMD-5...
Soldering iron + tin foil
Time + Coffee + Music
Step 2: Construction Time #1
I needed to place the Solar Panel at agood location facing the sun , so i built this mount so i can place it against the wall
Used two aluminum angles ,attached them to the Solar Panel back cover , attached to it the wood board, and from it two additional wooden boards
Step 3: Construction Time #2
Continuing with the build
Step 4: Attaching the Solar Panel to the Wall
I drilled two holes in the wall facing the sun ( east ) -and slided the solar panel inside it
Step 5: Drill Holes in Wall for Solar Panel Controller
I need to place it in somewhere where it`s dry , and wont be in the sun , i i will need to build it some cover.
I decided the best place would be on some internal wall - outside of the building - where it`s quite dry
I will run the wired inside a small wiring canal so they wont " fry " in the heat of the sun
Step 6: Wiring Time
Now we need to start wiring all the cables from the Solar Panel to the controller
Since the original cable that came with the Solar Panel is short, i had to cut it and extend it using a different cable
I solder end caps for each wire, and made sure it is sitting tight.
Step 7: Battery Placement
Sooooo , the lead acid battery would need to be placed in a good location without direct sun or water.
I`m placing it near the solar panel controller - good place
Step 8: Continue Wiring the Cables
Make sure all the wires are properly attached . and if you can , make sure that even if it will rain , the wires wont be exposed to water
Step 9: Prepare LED Strips
I chose the regular SMD 5050 LED strips.
Cut two pieces of 60cm each , connected them together . and taped them to a 60cm plastic bracket
This bracket than we will stick in the palnter ( using two clippers for each bracket ) -it would be like an anchor
Step 10: Have a Beer Brake
A must !
Step 11: Connecting the Light Sensor
I bought a small electrical part that feels when there is not light , and then , close a switch and transfers all the power gathered from the solar panel to the battery .- and from the battery to the LED.
Once the morning comes , the sensor will "feel " there is light and will turn off the switch --> and the battery will be recharged from the solar panel once again
Step 12: Add External Wooden Shell
to make sure the rain won`t touch my creation :)
Step 13: Done!
Sometimes when i wake up during the night to drink something, it`s nice to see it
Hope you like!