Ways of using solar power.

Project #1 Solar Candle

Solar Candle Project #1

Have you ever walked into a hardware store or department store like K-mart and saw solar walkway lights on display? These are the lights that you just stick into the ground in a place that gets at least a few hours of sun and when night comes, you have a little light marking the edge of your sidewalk or garden. I’ve seen them on sale for $2 or less. Just about all of them now use an LED (Light Emitting Diode) which gives considerable light while using very little power. With a good day’s worth of sunshine and a fresh rechargeable battery, these lights will still be on when you wake up in the morning. The point of this project though, is to tell you that you don’t have to stick the light in the ground. You can prop it up somewhere outside where it gets a good day’s worth of sunshine and then bring it in at night and put it in a tall, glass bud vase. I suppose you could call this project solar flowers but I use the light as a night light. I often get up in the middle of the night for a drink of water so I place the light in the kitchen so that I can easily get a drink and not have to turn on any lights. Buy a bunch of these LED lights and bud vases and set them around a room like candles. Unlike real burning candles, you can walk away from your solar candles and leave them unattended. For me, this was a fun start to using solar power. I hope you have fun with it too!

Charging the "candle"

 

Enjoying the “candle”

 

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