DECORATING WITH SOLAR LIGHTS - garden chandelier




In my on going quest to decorate the great outdoors I created a solar chandelier with inexpensive solar lights and an old kitchen chandelier. The lights cost $1 each and I put 2 in each of the three glass shades (total 6). It looks amazing at night.





The solar heads are simply sitting in the frosted glass shades
 of the chandelier and the light comes through the glass so 
nicely at night.


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 The heads of these lights just pulled apart from the
ground stake (as seen below)



This type of solar light is meant to stake in the ground and 
lite a path or garden but there are so may different ways to 
use just the lighted head part. Watch at the end of this article
 for another way I have used these guys in my garden.


For those who don't know, solar lights work fairly simple.
The panel that collects the light is hooked up to a
rechargeable battery. The same kind of rechargeable battery
 we buy in the department store check-out line up.
Unfortunately solar lights sometimes have a loose wire 
connection inside. If you have a light that doesn't work, open
 it up and test the battery and reconnect any loose wires you might find.


When I have a light that is not turning on or is poorly lit at 
night I test the batteries in my charger to see what's up. If you
find a battery that doesn't charge any more you can replace it.
It is beneficial for some of the more elaborate and expensive 
solar lights but it's probably easier to replace a cheaper style.


NOTE:

Clean the solar panels to help them work efficiently.
They need direct sunlight to work properly.
The lights can be charged by the sun in one area of your yard
and moved into a not so sunny location for a party later that evening.

Another area where I used these solar light heads was in candle wall scones to light up a walkway


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