Need a clever way to back-light house numbers without a 120V feed


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Old 12-05-14, 10:05 AM
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Need a clever way to back-light house numbers without a 120V feed

Reviving this old unanswered posting by Jenn, my desire is to do the same. There are some ugly boxes with solar panels available but I want to have a look which is very close to that shown in the photo...


I would like to modify my existing house numbers by placing LED's behind them so that they're back lit and thus visible at night.

I have heard it suggested that buying solar powered patio lights and dismantling them to use the parts may be the cheapest way to do this. I am very interested in hearing from anyone who has done (or attempted) a project like this.

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Old 12-05-14, 11:35 AM
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I'd say look for 5-12 volt LED bulbs. Use a DC power supply at the house and direct burial low voltage cable such as use for Malibu lights. (Malibu power supply wont work. It is AC) Or maybe something like this: https://www.1000bulbs.com/category/usb-led-tape-lights/ Not sure how they will hod up outside.
 
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Old 12-06-14, 05:54 AM
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What size are the numbers?how do you plan on feeding them? Looks like they are on a block wall.
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Old 12-06-14, 07:39 AM
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I would build a separate stand alone plaque that can be mounted on the house as opposed to a direct mounting of individual numbers. You can feed the power through from the back of the plaque and then have to worry about one main connection. Maybe ever be able to hook up to a landscape type of exterior timer/photocell that turns them on at the appropriate time.
 
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Old 12-06-14, 08:14 AM
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Have you checked out Super Bright LEDs? They have some cool stuff,even contact them and tell them what you are trying to do. https://www.superbrightleds.com/cat/led-module-strings/
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