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Gadget Freak Case #200: The Sun Lights Up the Deck at Night

To provide nighttime safety for his deck, William Grill used a 40W regulator and solar panel to create an application to shine light all night.

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.

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