Resources

High Power Solar Lighting System

High Power Solar Lighting System

| Joshua Zimmerman

While I love making proof of concept solar projects, or solar projects that I might use if the world comes to an end, I prefer to make solar projects that are useful in my day to day life. (I love my solar FM radio, but I've never had the need to use it in an emergency situation)

This past summer my father had been complaining about installing a lighting system for the back of his yard. The big issue being that he hates running wire 100 yards just to get three lights to turn on at night. Plus, being the over achiever that he is, he decided to bury the wires so that he wouldn't run over them with the lawn mower. This is when I stepped in.

I decided to make a high powered solar lighting system so no wires would ever need to be run to the back of the yard. Ever. 

Oh, and I'm not talking about a few little wussy LEDs inside of a jar, I'm talking some high powered 3 watt LEDs inside real metal lighting enclosures. Ones that will probably attract every moth for ten miles. (And in defense of LEDs in jars, I happen to have 12 of those on the deck of my apartment. A couple slowly pulsing in and out.)

So for your enjoyment, here is a quick, easy, and inexpensive guide to making a high powered solar lighting system.

(If you like my project, vote for it in the Off The Grid Contest here at instructables, I'm the first entry. Seriously. A vote for me will bring you instant karma and a warm fuzzy feeling. WARNING: Warm fuzzy feeling may in fact be low levels of radiation. Seek medical help.)

If you're looking to make a smaller solar project, check out our basic Solar USB 2.0 Kit or the more rugged Lithium Heavy Duty 2.0 Kit.

Read more

LED Name Tags

LED Name Tags

| Joshua Zimmerman

Start by etching your name or design into the acrylic using the included pin. Then add the LEDs and battery, and hold it together with the paper clips! It's that simple. Difficulty: Easy Build Time: 15-30 minutes Instructions LED_Name_Tag_Instructions Buy LED Name Tag Kit - 5 Pack LED Name Tag...

Read more

Lithium Heavy Duty 2.0

Lithium Heavy Duty 2.0

| Joshua Zimmerman

This project was an update to the original Lithium Heavy Duty Kit. It was designed as a "real world" solar USB charger able to charge up most large and small USB devices. This version featured a 5W panel and several battery options. It's often referred to as the "adult" version...

Read more

Lumen Black Skull Necklace

Lumen Black Skull Necklace

| Joshua Zimmerman

Make your own solar powered blinking circuit board Skull with this Kit. This red eyed Skull kit measures about 2.25″ by 1.4″. It has one hole at the top, making hanging easy. Wear it as a necklace, earrings, bond on a pin, or hang it in a window. The possibilities...

Read more