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A Great Way You Can Use Solar Path Lights

Updated on January 23, 2011

Solar "night lights" around the home. These pictures were taken without the flash, or room lighting. All the glassware is recycled!

Solar light on cut glass candle holder on the piano.
Solar light on cut glass candle holder on the piano.
Solar light on decanter on the bookcase.
Solar light on decanter on the bookcase.
Solar light on a sherry glass on the plant stand.
Solar light on a sherry glass on the plant stand.

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!

Small Update

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! 


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      DoctorDarts 5 years ago

      Smart thinking, and atmospheric too.

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      RunAbstract 6 years ago from USA

      SamboRambo, Thank you so much for the compliment, and comment! And thank you for the vote up!

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      Samuel E. Richardson 6 years ago from Salt Lake City, Utah

      Very informative. You are creative and resourceful. I'm voting you up.

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      RunAbstract 7 years ago from USA

      BkCreative, thanks for reading and commenting! I hope when you try this out you enjoy the results as much as we have!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Hmmm, I've been wondering about this. I get a ton of sunlight most of the day - why not continue to use it in these solar panels?

      I like seeing your ideas and I'm going to give this a try.

      Thanks a million and rated up!

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      mitzi326 7 years ago

      Yeah, it will be something incredible. And that i love how effective solar panels are getting to be, even the ultra thin, flexible solar panels. I might love for solar power that they are a better solution. The fact is, all of our energy is some sort of power in the sun, such as oil.

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      RunAbstract 7 years ago from USA

      marisuewrites, well I'm glad you found something you can use here! And these are really perfect for soft lighting. You can even drape a sheer scarf over them for some color!

      Thank you for the comment!

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      marisuewrites 7 years ago from USA

      Hi Run, these are great ideas...I love the creativity. I adore little lights, soft and glowing, I will be doing some of these for sure! super!

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      RunAbstract 7 years ago from USA

      SylvieWallace, OOUCH! Those mouse traps will mash your finger if you're not careful! :)

      I hope if you do try this idea you enjoy it as much as we do!

      I really hadn't thought about trying to link to Lowes, Home Depot, or any of those stores, but that's a nice idea! Thanks a bunch! And thank you so much for the comment!

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      SylvieWallace 7 years ago

      I'm going to try this. You should get linked to the big box home center websites. Lowes is always sending me "project" ideas that are supposed to cause me to buy their stuff for different purposes then it is usually sold. The last issue was trying to get people to make bulletin board clips out of mousetraps. Shades of Martha Stewart, I think they need some ideas!

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      RunAbstract 7 years ago from USA

      eilander1542011, thank you so much for reading and leaving the great comment!

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      eilander1542011 7 years ago from Everywhere

      I love it, creativity like this will one day save us all. It is right -brained thinkers that should be in charge. Great hub RunAbstract.

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      RunAbstract 7 years ago from USA

      Thank you both for the comments! And for passing the info on to others!

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      oldbooklover 7 years ago

      Thanks so much. I am excited about taking the lights apart and using the 'works' in fine glassware. I have a friend who loves a lot of nightlights, I will pass this info on.

      I think these solar lights will be much better for us than candles, which are a major cause of house fires and give off volatile organic compounds that we shouldn't be breathing.

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      rwelton 7 years ago from Sacramento CA

      Great idea- thanks-I especially like the recharging the battery part.


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      RunAbstract 7 years ago from USA

      Thanks so much to all of you for reading and commenting! It's wonderful to be read, and feel appreciated!

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      Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      You are amazing. Great ideas and very creative.

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      Maggie Elaine 7 years ago

      I also love solar lights. I think they are really neat. I enjoyed your article as it gave a lot of great info. I put 3 small solar lights in my backyard garden in the early springtime and have really enjoyed them. Thanks!

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      Net Lease Properties 7 years ago

      These are Great ideas for people trying to sell their homes. Any advantage is needed in this market.

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      RunAbstract 7 years ago from USA

      Terry, wilbury4, englishsisters, and Pcunix... Thank you all for reading, commenting, and making a difference! Happy lighting!

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      Tony Lawrence 7 years ago from SE MA

      Great idea. I like it! We have LED lights around the house, but this could be even better in some places.

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      englishsisters 7 years ago


      We got excited reading your hub... what a wonderful way to use solar outdoor lights! You certainly used your creativity... fantastic and thanks....

      Bye, bye,

      The English Sisters

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      wilbury4 7 years ago from England I think?

      Simplicity.... Great ideas...

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      Terry 7 years ago

      Thank for passing on this great idea! I've long been thinking of excuses to use more solar lighting.

      It's always nice to use renewable energy!

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      RunAbstract 7 years ago from USA

      save50, Thank you for the comment!

      epearson, Thank you for saying I inspired you toward more solar solutions! That makes my day! X2!!!

      Fetty, Thank you for the comment! I hope you enjoy this idea when you put it into effect.

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      Fetty  7 years ago

      Very neat way to save and create mood lighting inside the home. I will give this a try . Thankyou for the clever idea. Great hub.

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      epearson 7 years ago from USA

      Its nice to see someone is thinking outside of the light box.:) All jokes aside, great job taking initiative to figure this out. You have inspired me to look for more solar solutions.

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      save50 7 years ago from

      great insight...usefull idea for home development.

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      RunAbstract 7 years ago from USA

      I will try to take a picture tonight, and put it on here. If I can figure out how!

      As far as steps to do it, you just twist the top of the light and it will come off the globe part. Like opening a lid on a jar, only easier than most jars! Then just sit the disk, bulb down, on top a a glass, or clear cup, or what ever you want to use. Easy greasy! The glass, cup, or what ever you use is the new "globe", for the light to shine through.

      And I'm so glad you liked this idea! I've been doing it for a couple of years now.

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      RunAbstract 7 years ago from USA

      Thanks to all of YOU for reading and liking this! Much appreciate!

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      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Innovation. Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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      raisingme 7 years ago from Fraser Valley, British Columbia

      What a great idea and what fun!

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      Dink96 7 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      An innovative use to a "green" garden item. This reminds me of a friend of mine who always tinkered with stuff as a boy and ended up working at Intel. Keep writing and educating us and above all---keep tinkering!!!