Small Scale Solar LED Lighting

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I have a design that uses a solar panel to convert sunlight into electricity that is stored in a sealed lead-acid (SLA) battery. The power from the battery is then used in the evenings to power LED lighting. LEDs and solar power go well together.

I am using this system to illuminate my home in the evenings (and early morning), and am able to save from 10% to 15% on the electric bill each month. The system is maintenance-free, and works daily without need for attention.

The LEDs are controlled using a micro-controller on a PCB. The LEDs are turned ON/OFF using an InfraRed (IR) controller. I also have various settings that can be set using the IR remote.


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  • Name:
    James Jackson
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    Business Owner/Manager
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    Altium Designer
  • James's hobbies and activities:
    electronics, solar panels and LEDs
  • James is inspired by:
    I am able to express my creativity in what I do.
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