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Helpfile – Removing the glass solar panel from those cheap garden lights

I was searching for some useful {solar lights} panels and decided to take all the panels out of the garden lights that I had used for a previous project. As they are hot glued into the plastic casing I found the easiest way to get them out was to hold them under my spotlight which heated them enough to soften the glue and then pushed them out using a stick through the holes the wires go through.

I recently made a small {solar lights} powered car using one of these glass panels. To get it to work I was holding it right under the spotlight. Because I had assembled it using hot glue it started to fall apart as the hot glue softened and a bell rang in my head. I have chipped plenty of these glass panels in the past trying to lever them out and usually break the wires off at the same time. Hair dryers work too, but this spotlight is on my workbench specifically for testing {solar lights} toys because all my other lights are CFLs and don’t give enough power.

Filmed using FujiFilm FinePix S4800
Edited using Serif MoviePlus Starter Edition

I will add this new video to my Helpfiles playlist
and my {solar lights} playlist

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Generally my projects are for my grandchildren to enjoy. OK, I enjoy them too. If anybody else likes them, that is a bonus. I like to keep my work as simple and basic as possible so that it can be copied easily and improved by anybody who wants to try themselves. I recycle or repurpose items rather than buy new and when I do buy I like to keep it cheap.


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8 Comments on "Helpfile – Removing the glass solar panel from those cheap garden lights"

  1. I have spare solar garden lights that are not working.. hmm better use it like you did.. thanks for the idea..

  2. ohh.. I got some of those and I was thinking of disposing because some of them are not working.. good thing I found your video.. love it..

  3. Pete Allum says:

    I have come across similar lights in which the solar panel is not glued in but sealed in with epoxy resin. I assume that this method for salvaging the solar panels will not work with such a light as the resin is not easily melted and it covers the front of the panel to ensure water tightness.

  4. i need this video..
    I had the lights and was trying to get them out for a project and didn't come! so i used the whole covering, so now I can get the actual panel out now, thanks!!

  5. Why didn't I think of that some time back. Thanks.

  6. I threw some of those out the other day

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