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jsaronson

Solar light for Windex?

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No tricolor on The Office! Lights are bow and stern. Thus, no wire and no illumination. Won't use the anchor light when I'm underway.

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Use diodes and you can wire it to light either the anchor light or a light for the windex. Just reverse the polarity to select which one lights up.

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I went to the local hardware store (OSH) and bought a cheap ($2.99) Chinese solar-powered garden LED light - the one on a sort of tubular stalk.

 

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http://www.osh.com/OSH-Gallery/Gallery/14wk26lightinglevel2/14wk26lightinglevel3/Solar-LED-Path-Light/p/7006455

 

Pulled it all apart, and rebuilt the bits I needed into a small plastic box. The LED is mounted in the box top and shines up at the Windex, and the tiny (~4 in²) solar panel charges a pair of Nicad AAs. There's a light sensor which just turns off the LED in daylight.

 

Simple, cheap, and takes about an hour to do it.

 

EDIT: Oh, and apart from gooping the whole thing with silicone, put a small waterproof toggle switch in the side of the box to turn off the LED manually when you're not sailing - quick trip up the rig. But if you're on a mooring or anchored, it makes a great anchor light. You'll need the switch for the winter when the mast's out.

 

And if you want to be really fancy, put in a wireless remote switch salvaged from a garage door opener.

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Maybe put bits of GloFast tape to your liking on the Windex and skip wiriing, solar stuff, etc. - I have their clutch labels on our boat and the glow is impressive.

 

WWing

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