Solar powered lights


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Old 06-10-24, 10:20 AM
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Solar powered lights

Anyone use the solar powered lights with motion detection? Are they any good? Built a shed and canít run any power to it but need a light inside and donít want to buy one battery operated one. Was thinking I could mount light inside above door and the small solar panel outside to power it.
 
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Old 06-10-24, 10:29 AM
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What would you do at night when light is needed?
 
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Old 06-10-24, 11:23 AM
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I have DIY'd similar. I put a 12v solar panel outside to charge a 12v battery. Then a switch to turn on the light as needed. Most store bought solutions are pretty pitiful performers unless you want just enough light to prevent tripping on something. By doing your own you can get whatever size solar panel, battery and light you need/want.
 
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Old 06-10-24, 11:49 AM
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Yeah thatís what I was wondering, if they were any good but doesnít sound like it. Will look into what you did with charging battery and add switch.
 
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Old 06-10-24, 12:10 PM
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I have a similar set up in my shed. I use the solar panel to also charge my electric start generator battery.

I put one of these in my sisters shed. It runs on D batteries.
I installed it over a year ago and the batteries haven't been changed.
Plenty of general light.
Motion light
 
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Old 06-11-24, 01:38 PM
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Hmm, maybe I'll try that 1st to see how well it works, cheap enough.
 
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Old 06-13-24, 09:41 AM
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I got one of the LED motion sensor floodlights on Amazon and 5 years later, I'm still pleasantly impressed. It is surprisingly bright, the battery has lasted just fine all this time, and it's been a set and forget. It only stays on for maybe 20 seconds, so as long as that concept works for you, it is a perfect solution.
 
 

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