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Solar Lighting for you coup

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I work for Smucker's Energy and we've created a solar kit that would include everything that you would need to put a light in your coup.  The kit would come with the panel, controller, light, and a timer.  You would be able to program the timer to come on whenever you would want your chickens to have light.  This would all be in a durable metal box.  The light is mounted on the door of the metal box so everything would be compact.  The solar panel has a swiveling mount that could move 360 degrees so you could capture the sunlight no matter what direction your coup is facing.  Installation would be a breeze.  Mount your bracket on the roof of your coup, mount your box where ever you want it, run your wires, and your done.  Very Simple.  We can do anything custom too.  

 

This isn't a for sale ad, rather a post that would get you thinking.  Would this be something you would be interested in?  Any feedback would be appreciated.

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Have been looking around for something similar but we would also want a way to use it for keeping water thawed and maybe supplement heat, the things we have come across so far have been a little on the pricey side though.....on a side note we do have a small panel on the shop that we are just playing with to see what it can do for us.

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I would be interested but it would depend on the cost.

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My solar kit cost me $30 from Lowes.  It has a panel and 3 LED spotlights which mount directly to any flat surface.  Each light has a wire that you simply plug into the panel.  You can see it by clicking on my BYC page link below.

 

The only downside is it's cheaply made (had to solder a wire due to corrosion) and the LED lights are not very bright.  They're just enough to illuminate the coop door and the coop interior.

 

Do you have a link to your product?  Hopefully it's small enough and priced right for the backyard chicken keeper.  

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Package lights and an automatic door and I'm in.

3 Boxers (Dukkha Bear, Ginger Ann, Trouper) two of which are deaf rescues. (The white ones)

 

2 Andalusians, 2 Welsummers, 2 Buff Orps, 1 Ameraucana

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3 Boxers (Dukkha Bear, Ginger Ann, Trouper) two of which are deaf rescues. (The white ones)

 

2 Andalusians, 2 Welsummers, 2 Buff Orps, 1 Ameraucana

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A solar powered heater would be nice, but unfortunately anything involving heat uses a lot of energy. We could offer something in the $4-500 range.  We would try to keep that closer to $400.  You could get the 30% federal tax credit on that too.  So $450 - 30% ($135) = $315.  We are also working on an electric door that would operate on a timer too.  This would help with night time predators that could kill your chickens.  The cost for this would go up a good bit because of the electric motor that we would need.  

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The lighting for this chicken coup is plenty enough for this coup.  If you have looked around at chicken coups the one in the picture might look familiar by the way.

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Smuckersenergy.... I sent you a PM earlier with my thoughts.  One thing I forgot to include is with my solar kit I can't set a timer to turn it on/off.  It just comes when it gets dark and then goes off when it gets light or when the batteries run low.  During the winter I don't get full usage as there's not enough light during the day to fully recharge the batteries for the evening.  

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Originally Posted by mikecnorthwest View Post

Smuckersenergy.... I sent you a PM earlier with my thoughts.  One thing I forgot to include is with my solar kit I can't set a timer to turn it on/off.  It just comes when it gets dark and then goes off when it gets light or when the batteries run low.  During the winter I don't get full usage as there's not enough light during the day to fully recharge the batteries for the evening.  



sorry about that, I am not new to online forums but I am new to this one.  I sent you a PM back.

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