Gadget Freak Case #200: The Sun Lights Up the Deck at Night 15872

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.

Rob Spiegel

December 12, 2011

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

Rob Spiegel serves as a senior editor for Design News. He started with Design News in 2002 as a freelancer and hired on full-time in 2011. He covers automation, manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more.

Prior to Design News, he worked as a senior editor for Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has contributed to a wide range of industrial technology publications, including Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and Logistics Management. He is the author of six books.

Before covering technology, Rob spent 10 years as publisher and owner of Chile Pepper Magazine, a national consumer food publication.

As well as writing for Design News, Rob also participates in IME shows, webinars, and ebooks.

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