Easy DIY Solar Lighting

Learn renewable energy basics and generate serious solar excitement with DIY solar lighting.



Compact Fluorescent Lightbulb
A 15-watt compact fluorescent produces as much light as a 60-watt conventional bulb while using a quarter of the energy.
Photo courtesy MATTHEW T. STALLBAUMER
Safety Disconnect
The safety disconnect holds two 30-amp fuses.
Photo courtesy MATTHEW T. STALLBAUMER
DIY Lighting
The Mother Earth News Low-voltage Solar Light System
Photo courtesy MATTHEW T. STALLBAUMER
Solar Lighting Tools
One person using simple tools needed only about seven hours to build the system.
Photo courtesy MATTHEW T. STALLBAUMER
DIY PV System
Author Charles Higginson sits surrounded by a DIY PV solar system in the MOTHER EARTH NEWS offices. The lights on our demo unit came on the first time we flipped the switches. 
Photo courtesy CHERYL LONG
Circuit Protecting Fuses
Five-amp fuses protect each circuit.
Photo courtesy MATTHEW T. STALLBAUMER

















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