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Looking to fit a solar lighting system to the interior of an offsite garage.

My plan is to use a solar panel to charge a 12v deep cycle battery then run a switched live to some light bulbs to light up in the interior.

I just need some help in sussing out what/where I should buy the kit from. The building itself is 17ftx8ft with a height of 8ft. I'd like to have it lit up pretty well.

The battery I have sorted but I'd like suggestions for what panel/bulbs/holders I should buy. I see there's endless places selling bulbs and holders but I don't want to end up with some cheap tat that I have to replace every month, like wise for the panel.

Appreciate any help, if you need any more info then just ask.

Cheers!
 
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Worcester

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If you have limited storage power, and want long outputs - go for the 12 V LEDs they'll use 60% less power than the Confact Flouresct - so your battery charge will last up to 3 times longer.
- also check out your local caravan / caravan accesories dealer for fittings etc - 12V is of course what is used in cars / caravans / mobile homes. (unless hooked up)

You'll also need a charge controller for the panel / battery so that it doesn't get overcharged.
 
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MicraShed

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^^^ WHS if its lighting only then try the SMD LED route. I have a touring caravan and run pretty much all my lighting now as LED. The colour output is a little off from incandescent and CFL bulbs, but shop about and there are different spectrum LED bulbs out there. I seem to remember the better ones for colour reproduction are about the 2000 Kelvin mark (though I might be making that up). I got all my lighting bits off eBay and they make a difference to how frequently we have to charge the 85aH leisure battery if we are off grid touring somewhere.

This thread in a caravan forum explains far better than I can about the use of 12v SMD LED lighting. And this may be worth considering for your install.
L E D - S M D Lights - Caravan Accessories - Caravan Talk
 
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@MicraShed - Is the #42 on your vehicle because you know the answer to the ultimate question?? :wink_smile:
 
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If you have limited storage power, and want long outputs - go for the 12 V LEDs they'll use 60% less power than the Confact Flouresct - so your battery charge will last up to 3 times longer.
- also check out your local caravan / caravan accesories dealer for fittings etc - 12V is of course what is used in cars / caravans / mobile homes. (unless hooked up)

You'll also need a charge controller for the panel / battery so that it doesn't get overcharged.
LED it is then.

How much would I be looking at for a charge controller? I'll then shop around and find something suitabe, rather than paying too much or not enough for something substandard.

^^^ WHS if its lighting only then try the SMD LED route. I have a touring caravan and run pretty much all my lighting now as LED. The colour output is a little off from incandescent and CFL bulbs, but shop about and there are different spectrum LED bulbs out there. I seem to remember the better ones for colour reproduction are about the 2000 Kelvin mark (though I might be making that up). I got all my lighting bits off eBay and they make a difference to how frequently we have to charge the 85aH leisure battery if we are off grid touring somewhere.

This thread in a caravan forum explains far better than I can about the use of 12v SMD LED lighting. And this may be worth considering for your install.
L E D - S M D Lights - Caravan Accessories - Caravan Talk
Colour isn't that much of a concern, obviously I want to avoid any freaky boudoir associated lighting, as long as it's white to some degree I'll be happy.

I'll have a read of that thread now.

FWIW I will also have access to a ctek charger for the odd charge to keep the battery healthy.
 
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moggy1968

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as per my link above, sunstore do everything you need including charge controllers, they are also pretty handy for advice!
 
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leexgx

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make sure its SMD lights not Old LED lights (less then £1-2 for LED, SMD norm £3-8+ depending if your getting an Branded ones or Brighter ones) as LED have very poor light output compared to SMD lights (some places sell SMD lights as LED when listed you really just have to look at the images of the listings as LED vs SMD look very different)
 
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or if you wait a week, I will be able to get you a full review of the pros & cons of a 30W single LED floodlight, supposingly equal in all counts to a 300w halagon floodlight
 
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I have supplied a lighting kit for stable block with 4 stalls using LED tubes, 50watt (proper)Floodlight and low 1 watt bulkhead lights. Just finished a simple light kit project using 50wp panel and 5 -10 watt LED which should be good for 4-5 hours continuous with programmable garden lighting off DC supply as an option. Cost should be sub £200. (That used to be the cost of one solar panel!) I am sourcing decent deep cycle batteries which are the key to any such installation.
Happy to discuss any "remote" projects.
 
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solarimg

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They claim to get 60 amp hours in one day from a 100wp panel. Well I guess we can all dream. I do that kit for half that price and I supply all the connectors you actually need to connect to a battery including a fuse which is quite important. I'll never get rich!
What would you be able to supply me?

I already have the battery, fortunately this is one area I'm quite well versed upon so managed to get something adequate.

I basically need everything else now, was thinking of starting off with a small solar panel, 4 mr16 bulbs and holders alongside all the usual ancillaries to get it all working.

My lighting needs aren't mega, I'd prefer there to be multiple sources of light with a decent beam angle on each bulb.

A combined price would be lovely if you could.

Ta.
 
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danesol

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or if you wait a week, I will be able to get you a full review of the pros & cons of a 30W single LED floodlight, supposingly equal in all counts to a 300w halagon floodlight

These are just amazing - available from Red Hot LED - Suppliers of LED Lighting

I cant recommend them enough and saves all that messing around with solar panels for lighting !!!

Just a 30watt LED and you get 500watt equiv' halagen light from it ...........
 
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