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Howdy all,
hopin you are all well n dandy ...

Hey, I spend quite some time talkin to myself in the truck on a daily basis,
and I came up with an idea that I want to share with you all,
because ive managed to impress myself ,
and thought some here would appreciate my idea thus far.

As I work within the Aluminium industry and am around a lot of Solar companies,
Im finding im always looking to power things off the grid.

So whilst at Bunnings, I came across these Solar Garden lights, they were $5.00 each,
when I first started buying them but they are
a whopping $3.00 EACH NOW, so get in while they're hot fellas...;)
They emit a brilliant amount of light, they do need about 2-3 days to charge up fully
but once charged, you'll be impressed....


I bought 10 initially, and layed them around the bases of my garden bed,
and thought to myself, now what and how could I ever get the lights to be raised ,
and illuminate a spread and over the entire garden bed...

So I pondered and pondered....

Well shiver me timbucktoolies, I have the sht I need on my truck
every fkn day, and didn't even realize it ffs....

I grabbed a vernier caliper and measures the base of the light,
then cross referenced our catalogue with the dimentions I need,
and viola
Extruded Round Tubes - Aluminium Extrusions from Ullrich Aluminium

All I need is PART or ITEM No. UA1969
it comes in 5 m lengths, I paid peanuts for the two lengths I needed for now,
im not allowed to publish staff price, but you should get change from $30.00 for the 2 lengths I'd say.

I cut it up to the required lengths and then with a Pressure Pack of dulux flat black all purpose paint,
I sprayed them to look like the lights and to blend in with the trees and landscape...

The inner dimention fits the light head literally spot on.

And vioalla, I now have solved my minor dilemma with
what I think a very very cost effective way to light up your garden,

and I really do vouch for the amount of light these 3 led white light lights emit.

ps, not advised to having them pointing upwards as water ingress will happen
and your lights l;ifespan will be decreased,
slightly up, level or pointing down, they are fkn fantastic !!

hope you guys like my idea with these $3.00 Bunnings lights,
and information about the correct aluminium tube from Ullrich.

Im chuffed !!!




I even made a double, the elec tape is temporary till I take it to
one of the eng shops I frequent to have it properly tacked !!










and this is how they look sorta hidden within the landscape...


I hope you guys enjoyed this little idea,

and welcome any thoughts or absolutely any idea/creation you may have about anything..

I luv this sorta stuff..;)
 

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I have a few of them which I screw them to top rail of a colorbond fence to shine down onto garden plants. They do work well.
$3.00 each may have to get more.
 

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I have had them around my place for a few years now, they have outlasted other types I've bought, 2 of them change colour beautifully so I have them focused on features I like, great effect. I especially like the way you can adjust the position of the light and the solar unit individually.
 

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Farken goat food if I ever saw it...
 

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I'll be interested to hear how long they last, we have had a few sets of solar lights over the years but none have lasted very long.
Admittedly one or two did die prematurely when involved in a small incident with a lawnmower...
 
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Tried them last year, lasted about 4 months before the ants moved in and screwed up the electronics inside. Gave up and bought a box of other ones without the swivels, still going strong.
Ants ARE a big problem up here though, you southerners might fare better.....
 

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Boobs? PAD

Be carefull if you have to whipper snip around them. They connecting wires don't like getting trimmed :(
 

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Had mine for 12 months so far. still good
Mine would be close to 2 years now and still good.

I spent a small fortune on some nice looking stainless tower lights for around the pool, first lot died in a year and so I went further up market and these have had water ingress and won't charge, so I'm going for more of these simple ones based on results achieved here so far.
 

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Oi, fellow buggers...
I have a technical question about these lights,
Or any solar lights for that matter....

Something has intruiged me...

These lights have 1x AA 600mah 1.2v battery in em ....

If i put a AA 2200mah 3.2v fker in em,
Would that makem EVEN brighter than they are??

Im thinkin bout getting those gutter lights , maybe just 3, and warm white,
But id like to modify em with this battery mid if it would
Make em emmit even more light.

What do yas recon??
 

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I dont know if they would be any brighter L J, but the more mah the longer they will shine for between charges.


Oh,

Notice your thanking's have taken a spanking since you lost your boobyness.lol.
 

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From my limited electrical knowledge if you put a " AA 2200mah 3.2v fker in em" they will be brighter but for how long before you blow the light. It depends on the max the light can take. The other issue is a 2200mah battery will probably take more daylight hours than are possible to charge with the standard little solar panel. Thus your big f#ck off batteries with slowly discharge and be useless as the solar panel can't keep up. But who knows. At this price it is worth an experiment.
 

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If the lights are designed to work on a voltage range then they will be okay, but if the lights are only designed to run on 1.2v then they will die very quickly.
Same principle as putting a 12v battery in a 6v car.
 
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