LED Sun Jars – Assembling The LED Lamp
Assembling The LED Lamp
Assembling The LED Lamp – The Walmart LED solar lights I used were extremely simple to take apart. Just remove the LED lamp head by twisting it off the clear plastic base. Put the metal stem and plastic piece aside they can be recycled into some other project. If anyone has any ideas what to do with them I would love to hear it.
Using the Hobby Lobby jars the LED lamp head is a perfect fit. I use the brushed nickel LED lamps but Walmart also has oil rubbed bronze and copper finishes. Using the silicone I run a bead of silicone right around the rim approximately 1/4″ from the top side of the LED lamp. Put the LED lamp head right into the hollow in the lid of the jar.
Some people try to use hot glue or packing tape to secure the lamps to the lids. On a hot day the hot glue will release and tape always leaves a residue. Silicone will create a moisture proof seal yet is easily removed if need be.
If you want to have colored lights now is the time to add film or cellophane in your choice of color. I used the labels off of Aquafina bottles to tint the light coming from the white LED lamp a blue color. Cut a large enough square from the label to completely cover the light. I use a small rubber band to hold the film in place. You can find different colored rolls of cellophane at Michael’s & A.C. Moore just remember to use your 50% coupon. One roll will do hundreds of lights.
Finish The Jars
Take your frosted jars and using tongs or whatever you have handy apply some silicone to the back of one of the mirrors. Adhere the mirror to the inside bottom of the jar, center it and make sure it is level. This mirror will increase light reflection enhancing your jars glow.
Once all silicone is dry reassemble your jars and metal hardware. Finished assembling the LED lamp
To keep your jar(s) glowing just place them where they can charge in the sun. The LED solar lights from Walmart that I used has a removable rechargeable battery inside rated at 350mAh. If you’re looking for extended life for your Sun Jar’s glow you can upgrade the battery to a higher mAh rating with a better Ni-Cd AA battery.
Hopefully you found this DIY project fun and easy. I look forward to any comments, questions or suggestions you may have. Pictures of your Sun Jar(s) would also be great!