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Recycled Solar Light, broken ground stake
July 17, 2006, 6:38 pm
Filed under: Articles of Interest, Blogroll, gardening, recycle

A Creative Alternative to Tossing Broken Solar Lights

I have a beautiful back yard (by my standards) and covered patio which my wife and I have renovated to provide a measure of privacy for reading and eating as well as some greenery to soften the cityscape around us. We have lots of solar lights which illuminate after dark and function as a landing strip for any creature that may get lost in the night. They are very pretty and don’t use a single watt of power line energy.

Recently, I discovered a way to recycle them when the ground spike, usually made of plastic, breaks off and can no longer be used to anchor the light in the ground.

Most people would throw the whole thing away but not us. I drilled four opposing holes in the cover and used twine to string them up on a shepherds hook. It looks very unique now and works just as well if not better than before. At least now I don’t have to worry about running them over with the lawn mower. Lokks kind of like a lighted parachute when it’s hung and when it’s really dark the light just hoversover the flagstone like a UFO.

Here are some pics to illustrate how the project turned out. Pretty well if you ask me!

Pic-1: Gnome on his own.

Gnome-1

Pic-2: Solar Light Modified.

Modified Solar Lt

Pic-3: Solar light strung up on Shepherd’s Hook before the evening magic.

Gnome and Unlit Solar Lt

Pic-4: Viola! Night falls and the gnome is illuminated by a salvaged solar light.

Gnome and Lit Solar Lt

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