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    Default Lithopane lighting source?

    I went back and searched and only found my original post in 2009 and i'm sure it's different now...

    My question...has anyone found a bright SOLAR lighting source so you could make a lithopane (about the size of your hand) 6"x4" for use outside? If so could you post a link or specific details?
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    no one done this?
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    Jack…

    How much do you want to spend?
    For about $1000.00 I’ve got something that will do the job!

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    What i want to power is about 6"x4"... I believe that would be a bit overkill! lol
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    You really have two issues:

    1. A bright light source.

    2. A way of powering it with solar energy.

    The two things are not really connected.

    I suggest the following:

    1. Determine how much wattage you're going to need to get the correct level of illumination required for your application. For instance, does it only need to light up at night or do you need it to be visible in sunlight? A sunlight visible light source would be many times that required to illuminate at night. If you only need light at night, it could be that a simple battery pack will provide months of power without intervention. A stack of CR2032's can last an entire year of continuous power to a low wattage LED.

    2. Source a solar panel, charger electronics and battery sufficient for your application. Be sure to allow for solar panel degradation over time. Each type of solar panel has a different rate at which the power generation capability will tail off with time. Increase your power requirements so that the application will continue to function for whatever you determine the lifetime to be.

    That would be the approach I would take anyway.
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    Jack…

    If your lithopane is to be viewed during daylight hours, you’ll need about 2000 lumens illuminating that 6X4 area… unless the viewed surface is shaded. Sunlight is 10,000 lumens per sq ft.

    2000 lumen LED’s draw close to 20 watts… it’ll take a “real” solar system to collect and store enough energy to reliably illuminate this project!

    SG

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