Shedding A Little Light On Cheap Solar Power

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Solar Power Project | How to Make Cheap Emergency Lighting Project

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How to Make a Solar Power Under $8

Nobody wants to sit in the dark when the power grid goes down. An effective, safe source of light will be greatly appreciated as a gift or as an addition to your emergency lighting plan.

Here’s what you need to complete this emergency lighting project:

  • Chandelier shades/globes: These are generally really cheap because you need at least four to outfit a chandelier. When it's time to replace one, it may be hard to find an exact duplicate. Then, you can donate the other shades to the local recycle store. Shades have a variety of shapes and glass style, and all you need is to find two that will fit together at the wide part. I got my last shades for 50 cents a piece at the local ReStore.
  • Solar accent lights: The sun recharge these lights, and you may have some in the garage leftover from this summer’s garden. If you have to buy them, the standard wand shape lights will probably cost less than $5 each. During the off season, you’ll probably find a sale.
  • Glue: You’ll need something that bonds glass. I used LIQUID NAILS® Adhesive, and it has held up well.

Assembly is simple: Just glue the two wide parts of the shades together and let the adhesive cure. Find another type of chandelier shade and use that for the base. Insert the accent light in the top, and the lamp is ready to go.

Now, before you rely on these lamps for emergency lighting, there are a few considerations:

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Here's a video by SensiblePrepper for another tutorial in making DIY emergency lighting project that can be useful when SHTF:

The days are short, and the temperatures are low. The cold weather and winter storms are bound to bring down a few power lines this winter. That means it's time to break out your lanterns and flashlights right? Propane, oil, and batteries can get rather expensive, but my friend Leon wrote an article that sheds a little light on how to produce an effective solar light source for under $8.00, and he asked me to share it with you. We hope you find this post interesting and helpful. Share this DIY lighting project with your family and friends as well!

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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on January 3, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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