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Forgot to ask - do you use the top plastic/metal part of the case (path lights) I made a few mobile solar lights from some I had, and now my friends want me to make them some, but I find it hard to find the bigger ones - 5" or more diameter.So was just wondering if you don't use them, if you'd be willing to sell me some empty cases? If they need cleaning or spray painting, etc, that's OK.
You are a genius ! I had tried toothpaste before and it didn't work. After being in the sun for a few weeks, something got burned loose (?), and voila !I'll repeat sun exposure again after the monsoon season ends and see if it improves them some more.
Great idea !I put 3 of them on a table that gets sun for most of the day. Since we had temperatures of about 100, it didn't take long to show some results. It looks like the coating sort of re-melted, It isn't perfect, but the crack lines are no longer showing as "edge standing up" cracks, they are smoothed over. Putting out abt. 50mA now. I was hoping the weather would hold, but rainy season is here now, will leave them out to see how they handle the rain, and some more sun when the rainy season is over. Will try to remember to take a picture of them tomorrow!
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Great idea, it's awesome ! Put the solar panel on the roof for more sun - you could probably wedge the pole that holds it in the flag pole holder above it and have it facing the sun all day.
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Turns out it will light up in the sun if the solar panel is any higher than 1.5V. Even at 2V the red flashed off & on (no blue or green).
Thanks to both of you for the advice. Guess I'll go with a smaller solar panel since it needs to fit in an old round solar light top I have. Amazingly, it will actually light up 5 color changing LED's before the blue starts to "fade out". I'm impressed !!
Hi Dave,I'm a newbie to all of this. I think I did the wiring right for the slow color flashing LED circuit you show, I'm including a drawing of what I did.My problem is when the switch is turned OFF and the sun is shining on the solar panel, the LED stays lit.Putting a smaller solar panel (1.5V 200mA) on the circuit, and the LED stays off in the sun.But I still wonder if it is still putting out power which is just not enough to make the LED light up, meaning power is still going thru it somehow?Did I do something wrong?
Hi Dave,I'm a newbie to all of this. I think I did the wiring right for the slow color flashing circuit you show, I'm including a drawing of what I did. Problem is when the switch is turned OFF, and sun is shining on the solar panel, the LED lights up. Putting a solar panel with less output on the circuit (1.5V) and the lights stay off in the sun. But I still wonder if it is still putting out power which is just not enough to make the LED light up and power is still going thru it somehow?Did I do something wrong?
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