Solar Powered Chandelier

24 Hours

At the back of our property we have a secluded Picnic Area. With no electricity in this area, we always have issues with lighting, especially in the fall and winter. To solve our lighting issues, I dusted off this old chandelier and went to work giving it a beautiful makeover.
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Solar Powered Chandelier - finished.
solar powered chandelier, diy, electrical, lighting, outdoor living, This is the chandelier before the makeover Dust off the old chandelier and remove all of the wiring and bulbs
I started my project by removing all of the wiring. Depending on the type of lighting fixture you are using, you may have to disassemble some of the pieces in order to accomplish this task. Removing the white posts is optional depending on the type of solar light you intend to use. Lastly, remove any loose debris or peeling finish from the chandelier.
solar powered chandelier, diy, electrical, lighting, outdoor living, Give it a good coat of Black Spray Paint from Rust oleum I love using this stuff because it covers extremely well and is very durable
I love using Rust-oleum Ultra Cover because it always gives good coverage. It is also fast drying, and great for indoor and outdoor projects.
I hung the chandelier from a tree limb and gave it and gave it a good first coat. Once it was dry I went over it again with a second coat, making sure that I covered any spots that I might have missed the first time. Once the chandelier is completely dry, check all around for any spots you may need to touch up. If you are satisfied, then you are ready to start adding your solar lights.
solar powered chandelier, diy, electrical, lighting, outdoor living, Photo step by step instructions More info is on my blog
I purchased some inexpensive solar lights from a "big box store". They were the type that have round stakes so you can stick them in the ground.
1. Remove the stake and discard (or use on another projects).
2. Remove the tops of your solar lights from the clear shade. (You may not be able to do this, depending on the type of solar light you are using).
3. Add a good amount of Silicone Caulking to the base of the clear shade. We used Polyseamseal by Loctite from Lowe's Home Improvement.
4. Place the clear shade on to the light fixture base.
5. Allow to dry 8 hours or overnight. Make sure that the lights stay level while drying.

6. Once the caulking is dry, add your solar light tops back on to the clear shade.
7. Hang outside to absorb the sun so the lights can charge.
8. Invite some friends over that evening to enjoy your new Solar Powered Chandelier!
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UPDATE: Since June 2013, I have had my chandelier hanging outside in the Texas heat along with enduring an unusually cold winter about a year ago. One of the lights quit working (remember, these were "cheap" lights that I purchased) and I also noticed that the caulking turned an ugly brown color. After further examination, I noticed I had a few areas where the paint had come off, either due to the weather or possibly a tree branch or shrub rubbing it.
I will touch up the chandelier and add a clear satin top coat to give it added protection along with making sure it is not consistently rubbing against a branch or other object.
To reattach the solar lights (I'm replacing all of them) I will use GO2 Glue by Loctite. The product says that it is crystal clear, shock resistant, water resistant, and temperature resistant. Sounds like a product that can hold up against Texas weather.
Overall, I have been overjoyed with this project and its longevity. It has gotten many wonderful compliments from friends who have seen it and makes a wonderful center piece to our outdoor decor.

Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!


Have a question about this project?

5 questions
  • Elizabeth brugler
    on Jan 3, 2016

    This is wonderful. How did you do it?

    • Janice
      on Mar 8, 2016

      There's an entire post above plus a link to her blog. All you have to do is read!

  • Jay.skeels
    on Feb 8, 2016

    I have not seen that style of solar powered light that you used in the chandelier...where can they be purchased?

  • Nancy
    on Feb 8, 2016

    If you glue the solar lamps in, how will you remove them if one quits working?

    • Tammy
      on Feb 9, 2016

      The glue is not 100% permanent. It held the lights on to the lamp but with just a little wiggling the solar light popped right off and I just cleaned off all of the old glue and then added a new one. The "glue" I am using is really more of sealer if that helps :)

    • Nancy
      on Feb 9, 2016

      Thank you. I love your light!

    • Lindy
      on Mar 8, 2016

      If you need to replace the lights and can't remove the clear part just get the same $1.00 ones from WalMart or where ever you bought them and replace the black solar part. These lights haven't changed for the last 4 years so good chance they will continue. I have some that are 3 years old and still working!

    • Janise L Kasper
      on Mar 17, 2016


    • Tanya Horner
      on May 10, 2016

      Also, you can try replacing the solar cell batteries in the light part first. If they stopped working, that might be all they need to get them up and running again. I ordered 8 of them on Amazon for $5. They *do* need to be the solar rechargeable type- otherwise you run the risk of leaking battery acid or explosion.

    • Joan
      on May 21, 2016

      Buy extra so you can just replace the top piece holding the solar part. Not the entire plastic pc.

  • Cathy
    on Jun 9, 2016

    What brand is the light? I've search Walmart online and can't find a solar light less than $5 and they don't look as nice as the ones in your photo.

    • Tammy
      on Jun 11, 2016

      They were just the Walmart brand (Mainstay?) You might check the Dollar store or other discount stores in your area as well :)

    • Kim
      on Jun 14, 2016

      The Dollar Store defiantly has them.

    • Phyllis Gears Pezzin
      on Jul 11, 2016

      I made a similar project work dollar lights I purchased from the Dollar Tree. I dropped mine into the existing glass light bulb shade instead of gluing them in. much easier to replace when the lights stop working.

    • Imaboomertoo
      on Jul 21, 2016

      Sometimes you can find them at the Dollar Store

    • Lo
      on Jan 6, 2017

      I found a 7 pack at Walmart for just over $7.00 after the summer season. I bought up all they had for all over my yard. Plus, I have 3 chandeliers that I made over with some of the solar lights. It's a great project.

    • Darla Busch
      on Mar 13, 2017

      Walmart had their brand as mentioned above for 99 cents

    • Amy15704624
      on Mar 13, 2017

      Dollar General has decent little solar lights for $1.00 I've had good luck with them.

  • Suzanne Cooper
    on Mar 15, 2017

    Will the GO2 glue com off if I need to replace the lights

    • Tammy
      on Mar 17, 2017

      My glue did come off but I cannot guarantee that it will. If you want to replace the lights, just remove the top solar portion without removing the entire piece. I am sure it will be a long time before you need to replace the lights tho as mine lasted several years.

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  • Jerideanne
    on Mar 13, 2017

    You do not have to replace the whole solar light when one quits working. Just replace the top (solar part) the new one will fit the same base.

  • LolaCruz
    on Apr 16, 2017

    I want to thank you for this great idea.. Ive always wanted to have a chandelier somewhere without having to hard wire it.. I d like to put one in my dining room but the solars wouldnt work there.. I will be adding this hopefully to my patio... Cant wait Im on the look out for one..

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