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« on: April 16, 2016 07:07:55 AM »



I had an idea last Fall that I implemented shortly before we left to spend the winter in Florida.  I returned recently & checked to see if everything had survived intact.  SUCCESS!

I live in the country & it can get pretty dark out there at night.  We have security lights for the rare times we have to go to the out building at night but I've found that the light isn't aimed quite correctly so it doesn't go on right away if I leave by the side door.  Rather than asking hubby to add another light, I made a solar path marker.  So far there's only one because I wanted to test it first.

I used a glass jar (probably a pickle jar), a cheap dollar store solar light that's smaller than the jar & some aluminum foil.  The strip of foil---glued to the inside of the jar & lid---made it more reflective.

I hot glued the solar panel---minus the stake part---to the bottom of the jar so when I turned it over, the solar panel could pick up the sun's rays thru the glass. 

When I screwed on the lid, it was pretty much weather resistant.  I buried it level with the ground just off the edge of the concrete by the workshop.  At night it gives off a soft glow in the grass.
 
We can mow right over it & unlike stepping stones, it's almost invisible during the day.   The plan is to collect more jars & bury them at intervals across the yard so I'll have a lighted pathway to the workshop.  I think they'd also be great placed randomly in a flower garden.





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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2016 02:29:51 PM »

Great idea - the glass didn't break with any freezing/thawing of the ground?  I presume you can still dig them up to replace parts/whatnot?
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« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2016 07:34:06 PM »

I buried it shortly before we left for Florida last fall.  Hubby mowed over it a few times & it survived intact.  I expected it to be crushed & broken when we returned 2 weeks ago---That's why I waited until now to post the idea.  It's fine.  I just took another photo to show how it glows at night.

I used the 16 oz pickle jar because it was handy.  Any size jar would work as long as the solar light fits inside.  If the jar is too short you could always twist off the clear plastic part & use the remaining solar panel with the light bulb underneath.  I left it on because I felt it would reflect more.  Also, I will bury the next ones just a shade deeper so it's more level with the ground.  I didn't allow for the soil compacting around the jar.
 

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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2016 06:03:23 AM »

I love this idea! My hubby hates that he has to work around some of the lights we have in the grassy areas...we have lost a few to the mower...Grin.  It seems all of the solar lights are on sale now that it is spring here...looks like I have a weekend project...I have quite a few old mason jars that will probably work...I will give it a try!  Thanks for posting and for reporting your results!
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« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2016 08:08:38 AM »

I think you just might be a genius!
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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2016 07:59:58 AM »

Congrats, this has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2016 12:28:39 PM »

I love this idea! Will see about using it at our house!
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« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2016 08:08:10 AM »

This is such a great idea! Thanks for sharing.
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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2016 04:46:38 PM »

cool idea!  solar lights never last long for me, maybe "pickling" them will prolong their life!
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