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How to: Easy Geometric Solar Lights for Your Porch or Patio

by Faith Provencher
How-To: Easy Geometric Solar Lights For Your Porch or Patio
Photo: Faith Towers

Solar lights are functional and great for the environment, but not always attractive. I'm here to change that - today I have a super easy project that will transform generic solar pathway lights into lanterns pretty enough to be the centerpiece on your outdoor dining table. Keep reading to check out the full photo tutorial.   

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Ikea Unveils New Line of Solar-Powered Lights

by Chris Gardner

Is Ikea a pioneer in ecologically sustainable business practices, or just another corporation capitalizing on a fad? Their infamous flat pack approach has to cut down on carbon emissions besides just passing the savings onto you. Their bike trailer movement in Scandanavia is excellent, and they were one of the first large companies to say no to plastic bags.

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And in a few weeks, they're bring solar powered lighting to the masses.

  

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Solar Spanish Tiles.

by Chris Gardner

No more big boxes atop your roof...from now on, you can go green Mediterranean -style.

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Solé Power Tiles allow homeowners to make eco-friendly choices without having to sacrifice style...if you want a blue mission roof, that is.

"Created by SRS Energy, the Solé Power Tile features flexible solar panels produced by United Solar Ovonic.  Each of these is embedded inside the high-performance polymer tiles, which are lightweight, unbreakable and...

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Flexible Solar Roof Shingles.

by Chris Gardner

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Enormous solar panels not your thing? Then peep these flexible solar shingles from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory offer a design friendly alternative. They've "developed a film encapsulation process that was initially used for protecting flat panel displays over 15 years ago. However with the recent emphasis on energy generating technologies, they decided to take a second look at the materials and encapsulation process. It turns out that...

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Blinds with Built in Solar Lights

by DIY Maven

created on: 11/13/08

These vertical blinds by Yoon-Hui Kim & Eun-Kyung Kim hold a little secret, a solar lamp. Here's how it works: the blinds, which are closed during the day, are outfitted with tiny solar pads mounted on the blinds' vertical slats. As the sun goes down, the pads lighten, revealing a luminescent floor or table lamp or even a chandelier. Why not just use some phosphorescent material? I'm guessing it might not cast as much light as the solar option...

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The Solar Powered Handbag.

by Chris Gardner

"This Solarjo Power Purse packs more than just good looks. Appearing at first like any designer handbag, this classy clutch is studded with enough solar cells to charge a cell phone battery in just two hours....The purse has a battery tucked away inside its lining with an attached USB cable that can be used to charge just about any device."

The Solar Powered Handbag.

Designed by Joe Hynek, who also proves that men can create cool handbags. :) Though I'm not sure why...

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The Solar-Powered Television!?!

by Chris Gardner

Hmmm....Harnessing the power of outside to stay inside?  "A 26-inch solar-powered LCD television that can be powered by a thin-film photovoltaic panel! Sharp’s plan is to distribute the TV and solar module to areas that have no easy access to grid power. The triple-junction thin film solar cell module is the cost effective panel to date that is being mass produced by Sharp.... The television itself is an ultra low-powered LCD screen that uses...

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Baby, Light My Garden Shed

by DIY Maven

Baby, Light My Garden Shed

If you have a garden shed or workshop that is lacking in illumination, you might want to consider the ‘Light My Shed’ solar shed light. No fancy wiring required, just mount the solar panel to the outside of your shed and the accompanying fluorescent light–NOT LED–inside the shed. Available through BackyardCity.com, the ‘Light My Shed’ will set you back about 80 bucks.

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Solar Powered Umbrella

by DIY Maven

Solar Powered Umbrella

Just in time to light up your warm summer nights is the solar powered umbrella. Its solar panel, which screws to the finial, powers 18 white LED lights that are fixed to the ribs of the umbrella as well as to a center hub of 8 additional LED’s. The panel charges in direct sunlight, and a full charge will provide 6 to 8 hours of light. The solar powered umbrella is available at Lowes for a very reasonable $98.83.

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