I’ve tried the archives, but couldn’t find answer I was looking for. I am trying to buy, build or get plans for a very simple solar light to be used by developing nations without electricity or other power sources. If not Solar, perhaps a light running off a car or boat battery. Years ago we used to camp with a light wired to a smaller type vehicle battery, and a regular 60 watt bulb on end. I was a child, so I’m not sure how this was possible or made. If the people without electricity could use a re-chargeable vehicle battery, (12v??), perhaps that would be a sturdier power source, but solar is a choice I’d think would be best. The people I am trying to help don’t have any source of light at night, thus limiting them in so many ways. If you could help me figure a simple, doable solution for them, it would be great. I figure they don’t have access to many modern parts, or supplies once they got the light source, so I’d try and supply them with back up or something they could get if they needed to keep the “source” working. I did find some solar lanterns (most used for camping), but thought parts would be hard to get later for the people needing it. Maybe not.
Please feel free to truncate or shorten my ques, I wasn’t quite sure What I was asking for and was long winded. But found it necessary to get point across with my limited knowledge of alternative methods of powering a light source.
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P.S. I found out that some soldiers in Afghanistan are requesting help for the friendly natives there who don’t have any source for lights at night. The soldiers in Afghanistan could use some easy light sources, too, but FIRST they asked help for the Afghan villages. I thought that was so thoughtful and self-less, that I’d try and help them. I’ve seen military care packages to Iraq and Afghanistan, but this seemed so humanitarian on the soldiers part, that perhaps I could do something from here to help. Thanks.
I am somewhat at a loss. You said you have tried everywhere and could not find any source for solar powered lighting. I admire your worthy goals, but you are really playing catch up here. First, every solar dealer in the United States sells solar powered lighting kits, solar modules, sealed batteries, and all kinds of DC lights. We have been selling low power solar-powered street lights for almost 10 years. Many companies sell new LED low voltage light “blocks” that are almost indestructible and sell these by the thousands to developing nations for lighting huts and rural farms.
I just purchased a sack of solar-powered walk lights from Lowes the other day that cost under $15 each and were very well made. Everywhere I look I can find solar powered lights, solar powered radios, solar powered laptop computers, solar powered water pumps, you name it.
Don’t try to re-invent the wheel, you just need to look in the right places: