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July 9, 2012

How To Make a Hanging Solar Light

Filed under: Green Gadgets — Laura Moncur @ 4:00 pm

Solar Light Glamping

Update 12-15-14

I have a few of these on sale on eBay right now. You can see them here:


Nature Power Umbrella LightsI saw these Solar powered umbrella lights on Amazon and immediately loved them so much that I wrote an entry about them on Starling Travel.

My biggest problem with them was the COST. They seemed VERY expensive for only four lights when I can get solar lights at Home Depot for only two bucks apiece. So, I decided to create my own.

How to Make Hanging Solar Lights from The Gadgets PageI used parts I found at Home Depot, but here are some links to parts you can buy on Amazon that are similarly priced.

Parts

Tools

  • Wire cutter
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Drill with a small drill bit
  • Hot glue gun (and glue)
  • Screwdriver

Here is a video showing you how to make a hanging solar light.

If you take just a few minutes, you can have expensive looking solar lights to hang off your backyard umbrella.

Update 07-10-12: I took some photos of them at night after they had a day to charge up and they look spectacular.

How to Make Hanging Solar Lights from The Gadgets Page

How to Make Hanging Solar Lights from The Gadgets Page

Update 07-24-12: If you live in a place that regularly experiences heavy winds (40 mph or more), these hanging lights will NOT work for you. After a wind storm last Sunday, I lost four out of the eight lamps that were hanging on my umbrella. The wind either broke them or took them away completely.

Solar Light Candelabra from The Gadgets Page

I decided to repurpose them into a candelabra instead. I brought out the old candlestick holder, put some electrical tape around the base of each lamp and tucked them into the spots where candles go.

Solar Light Candelabra from The Gadgets Page

They look good and the candelabra is MUCH more stable in the wind.

Solar Light Candelabra from The Gadgets Page

If you don’t regularly experience hurricane force winds, then you’ll probably be okay with hanging solar lights. For those of us who live in a windy area, however, they just don’t work.

Update 09-13-13

This summer, I took all those solar lights and tried again with heavier wire (18 gauge). Not only did they last all summer long through heavy wind storms, they look better than they did before.

Homemade Solar Umbrella Lights from The Gadgets Page

Homemade Solar Umbrella Lights from The Gadgets Page

For these, I used 18 gauge green floral wire:

Additionally, I was able to secure the candelabra from the wind as well. I took two cord organizers that were left over from a wiring project on my camper.

Solar Candelabra held to the table with cord organizers from Gadgets Page

Solar Candelabra held to the table with cord organizers from Gadgets Page

These have worked great and I haven’t had the candelabra fall since I secured it, but I think it might have been a bit overkill. They probably would have stayed secure with these products without permanently affixing the candelabra to the table.

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