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"Off-grid" coop - need help designing light system

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clayfarmer:
Hey all,
My coop and run is about 200 feet from my house, which is the closest source of power. I'd like to be able to provide some supplemental light for a few hours each morning, like 4am to 8am. Also would like like the ability to turn on a light temporarily when I go out there after dark.

I have the idea in my head - I'm thinking of a deep cycle marine battery, an inverter, a timer, and a small solar panel on the roof of the coop to keep the battery topped off. Has anyone here built this type of light system before? I need to take this from theory to reality, and I need help knowing exactly what parts to buy, sizes of inverter and solar panel, etc etc.

It seems like Steven Harris answered a TSP expert council question about this very thing once, but I can't find the episode.

Thanks!

Carl:
  Your idea is good.
With a good battery and 60 to 100 watt solar panel plus a charge controller you can power a good amount of light for the four or so hours a day and I suggest using 12 volt lamps or better yet LED lighting and skip the inverter unless occasional 120 supplemental power is needed and there are a number of mechanical or 12 volt timers available.

Cedar:
I used an $18 solar shed light when I was up in Canada, it worked and took like 15 minutes to set up. If you get 2 if them, that. Is probably enough light for your coop.

Cedar

clayfarmer:
I love the idea of only spending $18, but I haven't been able to find anything with a built in timer. 


--- Quote from: Cedar on March 12, 2018, 10:40:25 AM ---I used an $18 solar shed light when I was up in Canada, it worked and took like 15 minutes to set up. If you get 2 if them, that. Is probably enough light for your coop.

Cedar

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clayfarmer:
Thanks for the feedback.  I think this is the direction I'm going.  I just need to nail down the specifics and place an order.


--- Quote from: Carl on March 12, 2018, 10:10:32 AM ---  Your idea is good.
With a good battery and 60 to 100 watt solar panel plus a charge controller you can power a good amount of light for the four or so hours a day and I suggest using 12 volt lamps or better yet LED lighting and skip the inverter unless occasional 120 supplemental power is needed and there are a number of mechanical or 12 volt timers available.

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