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Go Green With $40 Solar Lights

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I purchased 2 beautiful lamp posts about 10 years ago when our Home Depot was having a clearance sale. They have been sitting there collecting dust in my garage because when I found out how much it would cost to have an electrician wire them, I was shocked and couldn't afford that price tag. I found these $40 solar lights from Home Depot and wondered if they might fit the openings?
These are a little more expensive than plastic because the globes are glass. I needed something heavy so they wouldn't blow away. We get strong winds on the back deck.
We assembled the lamp posts and drilled them onto the deck. (It does need a makeover - staining it is the next project on my to do list.
This is the top view of the lamp posts. We didn't use the covers and finials that came with the lamp post kits. You can see where the lightbulb would fit. It's the perfect size for a solar light.
This is what it looks like with the solar lamp in it. They cover the area perfectly.
How easy is that? Now, all you do is wait for them to charge. These light up after 8:00 p.m. and last until 6:30 a.m.
Sorry about the picture quality. This gives you an idea of how bright they are at night.

Materials I used for this project:

  • Lamp posts   (Home Depot)
  • Solar lights   (Home Depot)

Ask the creator about this project

  • Wendy
    Wendy
    on May 29, 2017

    I love the innovation, and they look great!

  • Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey
    Naomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey Castaic, CA
    on May 29, 2017

    Love it! Great idea too, thanks for sharing. ☺

  • Sandra Crosbie
    Sandra Crosbie Ireland
    on Jun 4, 2017

    They look great. 👍

  • Hbg3
    Hbg3
    on Jun 4, 2017

    Good job.

  • Cluelessbld
    Cluelessbld
    on Jun 4, 2017

    Very nice.....I would like to find a project so use the old, not working lights....I have several, I hate to throw them out because they are the all glass crackle look....any ideas!

    • C.ogston
      C.ogston Canada
      on Jun 5, 2017

      Why don't you send a pic. there are all kinds of creative people with great DIY ideas? I love the nautical look, you could wrap them in rope. Jute is nice too. If they're going outside, you will need to seal them to protect the finish. Someone just posted some lovely monogram letters that were covered in sticks then painted a lovely blue. That would look great natural or painted in your favorite colour. Hope this helps. It's a little difficult without a photo.

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