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2 DIY Solar Projects

The sun’s heat and light can be utilized for useful purposes like turning it into electricity through solar panels.

But, did you know that there are simple solar projects you can do?

If you want to try some easy solar projects, here are 2 DIY projects you can test out.

Don’t worry, the total cost of these projects will not even come close to the price of a solar panel in the Philippines.

 

Solar Engraver

The sun’s heat and light is not exclusive to science and can be used even in other fields like arts and crafts.

In this project, you can be as creative as you like.

The materials and supplies you will need are:

  • Sunglasses: This will provide protection for your eyes from the harmful rays of the sun
  • Aluminum Foil Tape
  • Razor Blade
  • Magnifying glass
  • Wood
  1. First, clean and dry your wood, then apply the tape.

*The light will bounce back on the reflective part of the tape, ensuring that only

your design will be engraved on.

  1. Next, outline your preferred design with the razor blade.

*Double check the depth of your outline and make sure that you are cutting

through the tape.

  1. After outlining, remove the tape that is filling in the design.
  2. To engrave the design, directly position the magnifying lens over it.

*Don’t go overboard when burning the wood. Once an area is blackened, move on to another area.

  1. Finishing touches like filling in sparse areas should be done before removing the rest of the tape.

 

Festive Sun Lamp

Are you tired of the plain looking solar lamps on your lawn? If you are, then you can spice up your lawn with these simple steps.

The materials and supplies you will need are:

  • Jars: The lid must be made of glass and have a similar size to the solar panel of

the lamp

  • Solar Lamps
  • Can of frosting spray
  • Flat-head screwdriver: Large
  • Phillips-head screwdriver: Small
  • Packing tape
  1. First, you must frost the outer side of the jar.

*The outer side is better because the coating will be even.

* Leave the lid transparent, by doing so, the solar panels will function

properly.

  1. Using a screwdriver, gently pry open the solar panel off the plastic housing.
  2. With the Philips head screwdriver, unscrew the seals underneath the solar panel.
  3. After that, pull out the circuit board with the battery slot, LED, light sensor, and small solar panel.
  4. Position the wirings under the lid of the jar. The arrangement of the wirings is similar to the sequence inside the lamp. Then secure with tape.

* Make sure that the solar panels are facing the lid of the jar.

  1. Now it’s time for the fun part. To add colorful filters, use labels from water bottles or other bottled drinks with colorful labels.

Cut out a small square shape from the label and secure over the light with a tape.

*Make sure that the plastic label is fully covering the light to ensure that no white light will escape.

 

Key Takeaway 

You can use the energy of the sun for various of unique and creative ways.

With the sun, you can create your own unique engravings, or color the night with festive lamps.

Just because these projects are solar-type, that doesn’t mean that the cost will be similar to the price of solar panels in the Philippines.

 

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