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.
Followers of Design News’ Gadget Freak blogs will have the opportunity next week to take home a wireless remote demo package that can be used to build garage door openers, tire pressure monitors, keyless entry systems, and much more.
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