Converting Old Tea Light Lanterns into Romantic Solar Garden Lights

I've been looking for some accent lights for my back yard for a long time, but was never quite satisfied with what was available on the market. What I found was either cheaply constructed, or priced more than I was willing to spend. Even some of the more aesthetic designs were constructed of cheap plastic that will not age well when exposed to the elements. In most cases the light that was generated was pure white, or some other unnatural color. I decided that the only way I was going to be happy, was if I custom made the lights myself, and I discovered along the way, that it was not as hard as I thought it would be. You can up-cycle old tea light lanterns using inexpensive, off the shelf materials, to create solar garden lights that give a high quality ambiance to your outdoor living area. Purchasing a similar new item would cost about $15, but it ended up costing me about half that to construct.For the circuitry I started with the Westinghouse 472218-08 8 Piece Concord Solar Light Set, Black (Amazon in 2015 for about $2.50 a piece). I purchased 7 tea light lanterns at a garage sale for $0.25 each. I bought the LED tea lights at a craft store for less than $0.50 a piece. Since the batteries that came with the path lights were only about 600 - 700 mAh, and as such would only last a couple of hours on a full charge, I purchased better ones at a battery store for about $3 each.You will need to modify your lanterns to accept the electronics you will be installing. In this step, I have illustrated what I did so as to demonstrate some of the simple alterations you may need to make.For the tea light lanterns I purchased, I needed to create a platform to install the solar panel onto. I used two nylon anchor nuts that are used for installing license plates onto automobiles. I cut the anchor nuts in half, and hot glued them to the inside corners of the top of the tea light lantern. I also bent the handle of the lantern out to make room for the solar cell.Lastly, I drilled two holes in the base for wires to fit through. One hole was drilled in the corner for the wires between the solar cell and the circuitry. The other hole was drilled in the center for the wires between the circuitry and the LED candle.Glue the solar panel to the top of the lantern, and glue the wires along a corner of the lantern. Hot glue can be used for the wires, because you only need a little adhesion to hold them in place, but I suggest an epoxy type glue for mounting the solar panel to the lantern.Install your newly up-cycled solar powered garden lights in your yard, and enjoy your hard work. With the better batteries, mine last at least several hours, and some even last until the sun rises the next morning.

get in touch with us
recommended articles
News
Use One Solar Panel to Charge Two Small, Identical Batteries
These things are the dumbest solar charge circuits possible. See a tear down here cell to reverse protection diode to 6x series AA NiCD battery pack. No charge controller. It depends on the battery pack getting trickled charged, and being stronger than the solar panel.Connecting the same panel to two lights will cut the current to both, and likely tripling the charge time (it won't be exactly half). The built in diodes on the input board will prevent one battery from charging the other, just as they prevent the battery from back feeding the solar panel in normal use. No modification or precautions needed.These lights will already deep discharge the batteries over night as is, which is why NiCD are chosen. Their runtime will be reduced due to less power charging them.FYI you can buy similar panels from overseas online for a few bucks. Probably from the same place HF gets theirs.I purchased the following solar security light kit a few weeks ago:Harbor Freight #69643Mounted system, worked great. FYI, the lamp uses a 6V, 900mAh, NiCd battery pack that is recharged with the included solar panel. I'm presuming that the controller is integral to the lamp assy, but I could be wrong (i.e. said controller may be integrated into the solar panel assy).Well, we had a hail storm last week that totally destroyed the solar panel.I have verified that it is NOT possible to purchase the solar panel separately, so I am considering the following scheme:Purchase another security light kit - same model as the original purchase. I'd now have one solar panel assy and two lamp assy's. Next, I'd attach the two lamp assy's to the solar panel assy using a dc power splitter cord. Now, I'd have both lamp assy's wired in parallel.My questions: Would this charge both batteries? I'm presuming that a larger recharging current would be routed to the battery with the lowest open circuit voltage. If the controller is mounted in the lamp, I'll have two controllers downstream of the cable split. If the controller is mounted in the solar panel component, I'll have one controller upstream of the cable split. Does it matter where the controller is mounted (see above)?·OTHER ANSWER:I purchased the following solar security light kit a few weeks ago:Harbor Freight #69643Mounted system, worked great. FYI, the lamp uses a 6V, 900mAh, NiCd battery pack that is recharged with the included solar panel. I'm presuming that the controller is integral to the lamp assy, but I could be wrong (i.e. said controller may be integrated into the solar panel assy).Well, we had a hail storm last week that totally destroyed the solar panel.I have verified that it is NOT possible to purchase the solar panel separately, so I am considering the following scheme:Purchase another security light kit - same model as the original purchase. I'd now have one solar panel assy and two lamp assy's. Next, I'd attach the two lamp assy's to the solar panel assy using a dc power splitter cord. Now, I'd have both lamp assy's wired in parallel.My questions: Would this charge both batteries? I'm presuming that a larger recharging current would be routed to the battery with the lowest open circuit voltage. If the controller is mounted in the lamp, I'll have two controllers downstream of the cable split. If the controller is mounted in the solar panel component, I'll have one controller upstream of the cable split. Does it matter where the controller is mounted (see above)?
Sizing a Solar Panel and Battery for a Simple Solar Application
Go Carbon Neutral on Outdoor Garden Lights
How to Convert Volts to Amps Using a Solar Panel?
Best Solar Garden Lights 2019 Our Picks for Hanging, Path, Table and Wall Options
Outdoor Ip65 Integrated Garden Solar Panel Led Street Lamp Fixtures
Cmrl to Install Solar Lights at Staff Quarter Premises | Chennai News - Times of India
Future Development Cannot Be Separated From Street Lamp Solar Panel
How to Convert Volts to Amps Using a Solar Panel?
What Do Solar Street Lamps Look Like?
related searches
Best Solar Garden Lights 2019 Our Picks for Hanging, Path, Table and Wall Options
Outdoor Ip65 Integrated Garden Solar Panel Led Street Lamp Fixtures
Go Carbon Neutral on Outdoor Garden Lights
Cmrl to Install Solar Lights at Staff Quarter Premises | Chennai News - Times of India
Use One Solar Panel to Charge Two Small, Identical Batteries
Sizing a Solar Panel and Battery for a Simple Solar Application
How to Convert Volts to Amps Using a Solar Panel?
Future Development Cannot Be Separated From Street Lamp Solar Panel
How to Convert Volts to Amps Using a Solar Panel?

Contact Us

Copyright2021@KemecoLighting

Service Support

kemeco@kmc-ltd.com

 Copyright © 2021 Kemeco |Sitemap