A Great Way You Can Use Solar Path Lights
Solar "night lights" around the home. These pictures were taken without the flash, or room lighting. All the glassware is recycled!
Thinking Outside the Box
Alot of people have solar path lights now days, adding soft light and beauty to their night time home exterior. But how about bringing those handy dandy little lights INSIDE? Or at least that's what I thought. So I tried it.
At first I just stuck one into a potted plant, using the outdoor spike that came with it. It worked great as a nightlight, adding just a hit of light to a dark hallway. But since the hallway didn't provide enough sunshine durning the day to recharge the AA sized battery in the path light, or keep the plant healthy, I had to think of something different.
I eventually took the whole thing apart, removing the tiny solar panel, battery and bulb section from the globe and spike section. It was very simple. Just a twist of the wrist did the job. This gave me a basically flat, disk shaped thingy. I placed this on top of a stemmed glass, and was then able to move it into a sunny window for recharging, and back onto a table top with ease!
I got excited! Now I never use grid electricty for any small nightlight in my house! I found some pretty little, recycled, clear plastic tumblers, with bright, translucent, geometric shapes in varied colors on them, and arranged a few of those in the kid's room. I used a few more stemmed glasses in my room, and some others on the dinningroom table. They all look great, don't cost a penny on the electric bill, and produce a nice, soft light! I can even read in bed using three of these fantastic little lights!
The one problem I had with the first ones I placed in the bedrooms was... we couldn't turn them off! Now I have found another brand with tiny little switches on the underside of the disk, near the bulb, so that is no longer an issue!
I love these lights! I recommend them to everyone! They can be arranged in any way you choose, with colored glasses, or clear. In front of mirrors, in corners, in any room with a sunny window! You can even plant the spikes in a sunny location outside, and recharge the batteries outdoors, then bring them inside of an evening!
Every kilowat hour you save in this way, (and it DOES add up, since producing light is an expense for every household), you are not only saving money in the long run, but by saving the energy, you're helping the planet!
These lights last a long, long time too! Since they are produced to withstand outdoor weather changes, you can count on them to save energy, and money for years to come! Plus on those hot summer nights, they don't add a drop heat to your bedroom, bathroom, or anywhere else in the house!
This may seem like a small change in the way you do things, but think about the savings if every home in the U.S. that relies on grid powered nighlights switched over to using solar path lights instead! It would be huge!
Another use for solar path light BATTERIES is... you can use them in other things that need AAs. So you can get a rechargable AA battery, and the recharger for as low as three or four dollars! And not have to plug into the grid to recharge! And that is another great way to "go green" on a small, but meaningful scale! (Especially with kids, and battery powered toys)!
Solar path lights... a step in the right direction!
This article by a fellow Hubber has some real pretty solar path light styles. Mine are just the plain Jane kind with no adornmrnt. But at the link below are many different ones. Happy solar lighting to all!