Solar light for no electric coop - great find!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by shakecc, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. shakecc

    shakecc Out Of The Brooder

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    We have recently finished our coop and working on the run. We only have 7 chickens so it is not a huge coop 4' x 7'. We are trying to avoid running electric to it. We were thinking of a solar light to help with light when needed. I found some solar lights at our local Meijer's store the other day in the gardening section that were 50% off. It is a "spotlight" that is shaped like a rear view car mirror and mounts to the wall. The solar panel is on a cord that we ran through the rafters and mounted on the roof outside. It has a off on switch, but the best feature is that it comes with a remote control that we hung at the entrance door so when you enter the coop you can turn it off and on. I was surprised to find this in the gardening section as so many of them are auto on/off - dusk to dawn lights.

    I am thrilled with it...especially for $12.50! I bought several! They also had a solar spotlight that we hung outside that has a sensor on it that turns on when something enters the area. It was 50% off so we bought it for 15.00.
     
  2. ams3651

    ams3651 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    awesome, im hoping to find just that very thing.
     
  3. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    Does the bulb emit heat? I've thought about something like that for really cold nights in the winter but DH said it wu\\ould a) be too expensive and b) not put out enough heat.
     
  4. shakecc

    shakecc Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:No, It does not emit heat as they are just LED bulbs so unfortunatly it would not be good for heating in the winter.
     
  5. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Holy cow! What a great deal! I am also hoping to find something similar to that. Great job!
     
  6. melleo

    melleo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey Shakecc
    Welcome to the BYC
    I hope I can find that kind of deal in the Springfield O store!!!
    I love solar lights
    I'm thinking about buying some for Christmas on ebay
    They are pricey but no extension cords!!!
    Melia
     
  7. Rhett&SarahsMom

    Rhett&SarahsMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2008
    We found our solar light for $15 in a dust covered shelf at the local Home Depot. Thing works really well.
    Will be insulating the coop for the cold weather
     
  8. birdy_num_nums

    birdy_num_nums Out Of The Brooder

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    Good to know someone makes a solar powered light that is motion activated. And at a reasonable price if I look for it. Great find, OP, great deal!
     
  9. ILoveJoe

    ILoveJoe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a great idea!
     

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