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Nancy Howell
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:17 pm    Post subject: decided about solar panel Reply to specific post Reply with quote

The solar panel kit was $149.00 (plus tax) with two led lights each about the equivalent of a standard 40w bulb. That would not be enough light. By time I bought the stuff for two more lights, 4 LED bulbs the equivalent of a standard 60w bulb and the battery, my cost would be around $250.00.

From the helpful responses, I learned I could set up a 12v system using a good, deep cycle 12v battery. Since the lights wouldn't be used much, a small solar trickle charger would keep the battery charged. I am estimating the cost of doing this would be considerably less than the solar panel, so nixed the solar panel idea.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:41 pm    Post subject: Re: decided about solar panel Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Along that line I bought one of those trailers with a speed indicator that cops set on the side of the road to tell motorist how fast they are going,it came with 8 batteries and a
solar charger.It'll charge up a regular auto battery good in about a day.I'd imagine that would run a pretty good string of lights you might look for one.Gave $250 for it all at an auction.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:26 pm    Post subject: Re: decided about solar panel Reply to specific post Reply with quote

If you are mounting the lights in a building or overhang,some white paint on wall/ceiling really make's a difference. A piece of kitchen aluminum foil is also helpful.
 
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:52 pm    Post subject: Re: decided about solar panel Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I think that will work just fine! I bought one about 25 years ago for my sailboat, I think only about 12 watt, or 1 amp. It worked just fine to charge the battery for the depth finder, lights, and heaven forbid the bilge pump! When I sold the boat I used it for a camper, to charge the battery for the lights and water pump. We only visited the camper about every 2 weeks and the battery was always charged.
 
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