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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:22 pm 
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Does anyone use solar lights for actual proper lighting of a shed/garage.

I want to putting some lighting in the shed and want to know do i spend £20/£30 each on 3 or 4 lights for inside and outside of the shed or just get a sparky in to do it.

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:30 pm 
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everything I've seen and used of solar lights have been utter cacj, but of course depends what you're going to use!


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:35 pm 
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I just want to be able to work in the shed and wouldnt mind using my turbo in there :oops:


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 1:23 pm 
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Never tried the stand alone lights. The best bet would be to install a proper 12v solar system with deep cycle batteries.....not that cheap. I had a solar/wind system coupled to some ex navy sub radio batteries, they weighed about 200 kilos each and lived in their own trailer, worked a treat.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:46 pm 
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I'm presuming there is no electric going to the shed so... have you thought about a car battery powering some lights? then you can charge the battery once and a while to keep the lights going?


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 17, 2012 11:18 pm 
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B77 wrote:
Never tried the stand alone lights. The best bet would be to install a proper 12v solar system with deep cycle batteries.....not that cheap. I had a solar/wind system coupled to some ex navy sub radio batteries, they weighed about 200 kilos each and lived in their own trailer, worked a treat.


As long as the solar panel isn't located in sunny britain that would be excellent. :D

Ps) irony.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:05 pm 
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Living on a boat, I have spent many, many years looking for a reliable solar system. The sad truth is, though, that it is pretty much always cheaper to run mains in, or use a car battery that you take back into the house to charge.

A solar system that will charge a 12v battery to give you lighting for extended periods in a mancave in winter will costs hundreds, if not thousands.

Sorry to be negative.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:13 pm 
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I agree...pretty much cack all of them.

I have one in the bike shed...just good enough to pick the right bike out of the pile, but that's about it. Thankfully, I've got a small heated workshop with mains for actually doing stuff in :wink:

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 6:00 pm 
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Sparky then :lol:


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 6:14 pm 
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I've got two of these at home http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002CMPDZQ/ref=gno_cart_title_1, one as a security light in the garden, the other as an internal light in the shed (the light can be manually turned on/off and has two brightness levels). Works fantastically for both purposes but can't say I've had them running for anything longer than an hour continuously as my shed is literally just for storage!


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