Are you thinking of making solar lights at home? You can make it by yourself with the following steps and instructions. This article will provide you a detailed process about how to make solar lights at home.
The article also includes precautions when doing this process, as well as other information that might be helpful for you.
Solar power is one way to go green, so why not get started today?
How Solar Light Works? Mechanism of Solar Light:
Solar light is a source of natural light, and it can be used as an alternative to incandescent lights. It is able to generate electricity from sunlight using photovoltaic cells, which are placed in the solar panel on top of a building or home. The way how solar lights work is that when sunlight hits these solar panels, electrons are knocked out of their atoms, causing them to flow freely into wires and then through electrical devices like lamps or heaters.
Solar light has a lot of benefits. One is that it can help reduce energy bills since solar panels are able to convert sunlight into electricity, which means you will use less electric power from the grid and more electricity produced by the sun. Another benefit is that there will be no carbon emissions generated by using solar lights. And also, this type of alternative energy source provides both illumination and heat without any pollution.
There are many ways how you could turn your house green with solar power. For example, installing rooftop or ground-mounted photovoltaic cells on top of one’s roof; buying an off-grid house where everything like heating water for cooking as well as other household tasks such as laundry can all run on renewable energy.
How to Make Solar Lights at HomeMaterials You Need to Make a Solar Light At Home:
- A solar panel
- A battery pack of NiMh or Lithium-Ion (Li-ion also works) or a car charger for automobile batteries.
- An LED light – You can use the one that comes with your purchase, but you will need to remove it from its original packaging and then attach it to wires in order to connect it correctly on the circuit board. Or if you’re feeling creative, you might want to make a new design altogether!
- A USB adapter plug (This is how we’ll charge our power bank when not using the solar panels) – It should have at least five volts output; anything lower than this would be too low an amperage for charging batteries. And finally,
- A plastic container with a lid or other opaque material.
Process of Making Solar Light at Home:
- First, we need to create a circuit. This will allow the light bulb and battery to be wired together correctly. The wires should have at least a length of 12 inches in order for them to be long enough.
- Take your two wires and connect one end into the positive side (the red wire) on the battery, and then take another section of wire about six inches long from there and attach it to the light bulb’s anode (or plus).
- One more time: For our purposes, we’ll think of the red as positive (+) or power going INTO something while black will represent negative (-) or power coming OUT OF something.
- Now you can use some electrical tape to cover those connections so they don’t touch anything else accidentally—you wouldn’t want any sparks!
- Next, we need an enclosure. You could buy one if desired but this project is about making solar lights at home and that means making it out of stuff you find around the house.
- Choose an enclosure made from metal, glass or plastic.
- A soda can is a fine option for this project because we’re going to cut some holes in it. (This material will also be good enough if you don’t have anything else available.)
- In order to make our cuts cleanly, use something relatively thin like scissors or wire cutters—something sharp so the edges are smooth rather than jagged.
- Take your metal can and measure how big you want each hole to be on both sides (not including any space between). You’ll need two small holes near the top where wires go through as well as one small hole in the bottom where you’ll thread your wire.
- On each side of the can, measure how far apart you want to space your holes. You don’t need a lot of room between them because there’s not much light coming through these tiny holes. Finally, cut out all three shapes on one side with scissors or your wire cutters.
- Use thick gloves as some of the materials and tools used in this process can be quite sharp! -If you’re working outdoors on a sunny day when it’s really hot out, use caution not to overheat your batteries! And keep them somewhere cool inside if they are running low on power after charging up. If possible, cover them with something that will help shield them from the sun so they don’t get too warm during their next charge cycle. (I think we should create an infographic for solar panel safety tips)
- Be careful not to puncture any holes into your battery pack casing or solar panels while drilling!
- Be sure not to leave your solar lights out in the rain because they will short circuit and go dead. If that happens, try rewiring them to test the connection.
- And if you are not planning on using them for a while, remember to remove your solar lights from their battery.
If you are interested in making your own solar lights, I encourage you to try this guide on how to make solar lights at home. It is a fun project that will save money and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. Solar power is so important for the future of humanity! What do you think? Have any advice or questions about these DIYs? Leave them below and we can chat more about it!