Lighting: Solar, Battery LEDs, what works?

Lighting: Solar, Battery LEDs, what works?

Postby Goddess_Lisa » Wed Apr 22, 2009 9:23 am

I'm researching solar spotlights to light my installation at night as well as battery operated LEDs. Anyone have any suggestions on inexpensive items that have worked in the past?
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Postby SilverOrange » Wed Apr 22, 2009 11:03 am

I'll welcome you here Goddess Lisa and refer you to this:http://eplaya.burningman.com/viewtopic.php?t=4053 Lots of information for you to digest about all your lighting needs.
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Postby Goddess_Lisa » Wed Apr 22, 2009 11:14 am

SilverOrange wrote:I'll welcome you here Goddess Lisa and refer you to this:http://eplaya.burningman.com/viewtopic.php?t=4053 Lots of information for you to digest about all you lighting needs.


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Postby kevinwells » Sun May 03, 2009 7:53 pm

Hi There,
Last year my burning man project was to help "The Artery" light up art installations that were not safely lit.

I ended up buying a load of simple and cheap solar powered patio lights as well as a bunch of bicycle red flashing tail lights.
These lights can be modified easily to give them some extra juice . Typically they will not last all night because they use the cheapest possible rechargable battery. The "hack" is as simple as simply changing the rechargeable battery to a high "amp hour battery. What I did was use NIMH 2600 mAh batteries (from all-batteries.com) I opened up the lights , swapped the battery, and i was done. Now my lights lasted all night!

If you want accent lighting, then I suggest that you go LED . there are a number of ways to do it. you can roll your own, with LED's from ebay, or you can find some cheap LED fixtures online.
A good hack is to use some of the led fixtures from IKEA. Here is one I particularly like
http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50119407
it is called "dioder" it has multi color output and can change colors, cycle, or just a single color. It has 4 seperate bars that can be joined in a line or else wired seperately

It has a transformer, but if check, you will see that the LED module actually run at 12volts. All you do then is cut the "wall wart" off, then wire it up to a car battery. (mind the polarity)
If you have cash, go solar, if not, simply plan on having a one deep cycle battery that you can recharge . You can lug it to to the Artery or my camp where I will be running a solar reccharging station. Chances are, the battery will last all week...
hope this helps....
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