William Grill figured out a way to bring more sunshine into his life.
He wanted to provide some nighttime safety for his deck. He decided on some low-voltage lighting along the staircase and a few light sticks. Grill’s brother picked up a 12-volt, 40W regulator and solar panel at a garage sale. The two brothers built an application that uses the panel to grab rays from the sun and stores the energy in a 12-volt storage battery, allowing the sun’s light to shine all night.
This application includes a solar panel, a power monitor, and a 12-volt storage battery.
During installation, the controllers were located in a covered porch area.
The lighting consisted of four strings of three light modules each.
The LED based light modules were modified to maintain their sealed weather proofing.
I was a bit taken aback when I started watching the video for this gadget. My first thought was that I could buy something similar to this in a store and also that the lights are way too bright to stay on at night. But the fact that the lights are on separate dimmers sold me. This is a cool gadget if you have the skill and know-how to rig it up.
Eleven years ago one of those rare, brilliant moments emerged from the crack staff of Design News: Let’s put the tinkerers among our audience community to work in designing and building some truly wacky devices. And Gadget Freak was born.
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