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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.