Using the Parts from a Solar Garden Light to Make a DiY Solar Light Jar

Making this Homemade solar light jar is very easy
Making this Homemade solar light jar is very easy

A DiY Solar Light Jar Project.

In the U.S. and Canada every hardware and big box home store sells solar garden lights in a wide variety of styles and colors at very reasonable prices. However when it comes to solar lights just like everything else in life you get what you pay so be sure to take a close look at the quality of the solar cell itself to see if the traces are well defined.

Using a technigue to drive a hole in glass

Using a technique to drive a hole in glass

It is also a good idea to find ones that you can replace the battery since this is typically the weak point of the electrical system.

Biulding a homemade solar powered light jar

Building a homemade solar powered light jar

What these solar lights are also good for is a source of parts to make other solar light devices like a brilliant solar jar shown in the photo.

Taking apart a standard solar garden light for parts

Taking apart a standard solar garden light for parts

In the video you will see how to drill a hole in a glass jar without breaking it as well as scavenge parts from a cheap solar garden light for use in this diy project. With a little bit of disassembly and creativity you can make solar lighting in any design you can think of.

Soldiering the components to together for the solar light jar

Soldiering the components to together for the solar light jar

The completed solar jar will travel anywhere and it looks pretty cool in design. You can use any type of glass bottle or jar and the little mirror can be easily located.

Give it a try.

About Gordon Smith
Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.

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