We have a standard incandescent post light. We like the shape, height etc. of it as it stands now. It was wired to 110 v a/c and the power line was cut between the house and the post. Rather than replacing it...( it was constantly blowing bulbs and not working well anyhow)...
I'd like to convert post light to a solar powered one. I can buy some ready-made units ranging from $30.00 up to $170.00 or so. In most cases, we really don't like the shape and appearance of the new lights. I wonder if anyone here could point me to what items I would have to buy ...i.e. some small solar panels, and a light; batteries and a daylight on-off switch. I went to my local Radio shack store ( ha ha ha .. what a total waste of time that was).
I am comfortable soldering. I have some NiCad 4.8 and 7.2 volts; NiMh 7.2 and 8.4 bolts. and even Lipo batteries ( 7.2 volts ) around that I use for some r/c planes.
Is there a site or a schematic that I could follow to get this done? I don't need an overly bright light, nor do I need it to last all night long. I live in Hot and sunny Houston, TX so daylight probably isn't a problem.
Any and all help or direction/sites etc. appreciated.
thanks very much RichG