Solar Light/Timer/What do you think?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mommabice, Jan 24, 2012.

  1. mommabice

    mommabice Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 22, 2012
    My Coop
    Okay, so I am thinking about doing a solar light for our coop when I build it next month. I am wondering if anyone uses solar power for this purpose. I found a light here

    It has a rechargeable battery and all that good stuff. Now, I have never used solar other than the little yard stakes for the walk way. I am assuming that this works the same way, in that it charges during the day, and at night I can flip the switch and use it. So can I put this on a timer somehow to come on in the early morning for the girls?

    Any other solar suggestions would be great. I am going to put in windows, but we do have dreary/dark weather around here in the mornings (and sometimes all day too), so I want another light source.
  2. Rich Marshall

    Rich Marshall Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 27, 2011
    How would it be possible to put it on a timer with no outlet?
  3. Pico de Gallo

    Pico de Gallo Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 18, 2012
    ABQ, NM
    I actually have an equivalent version of that same light, but use it in my storage shed.

    Since that uses 3 AA's, it's a 4.5 v DC light. You might search around for a timer that works on 4.5 v...but good luck! Even the selection of 12 v DC timers seis dismal.

    I'm currently running a 160 lumen, 12 v, 1.2 w yellow LED in my coop, on at 4am and off at 7am. It's powered by a 12 v deep cycle battery, located nextdoor in the barn, which is charged by a HarborFreight 45w panel array. There's still plenty of power left for indoor/outdoor barn lights, a (AAA/AA/C/D) battery charger, a pair of 9v remote speakers (receives MP3 music broadcasted from my LR computer), and so on.

    A lot of the components were ordered off Ebay, direct from China (quite contrary to my normal spending practices...but with electronics, what choice do we have?). Auctions are long gone but if you search using these phrases you'll find items a'plenty:

    TIMER: $15, free shipping...
    DC 12V Power Programmable Timer Time Relay 16A 16A

    10 LIGHTS: $17.80, free shipping...
    G4 6-5050 SMD LED Warm White Light Bulb Lamp Car Marine

    10 BULB SOCKETS: $1.99 + 3.99 shipping
    10 Halogen Bulb Socket for G4 G5.3 Base MR16 MR11 Light

    I attached the light and socket to the inside lid of a babyfood jar, attached the lid to the coop wall, and ran using speaker wire to the timer and battery. The Ebay auctions left me with 9 lights to spare: used for illuminating the barn interior and entrance, rigged to standard AC lightswitches.

    Another idea. Search for "LED candle timer" and you'll find all sorts of really cheap solutions...just keep those batteries fresh!

    And of course the good news, won't actually need the light until Fall!
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  4. mommabice

    mommabice Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 22, 2012
    My Coop
    Thanks so much for all that info. [​IMG]I love knowledgeable help in forums.
  5. bcboy

    bcboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2012
    So what did you end up doing?
    Thanks for your time.

    Has anyone else come up with an easy option? Thanks again.
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2014
  6. seann

    seann Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2013
    LED candle timer... great idea. no worry about electricity or fire hazard.

    Here's one from eBay. $9 free ship, pack of 4. Ships from Iowa.

    Not sure how long it lasts... 5 hours a day on a
    CR2032 battery.
    LED so no heat, but I'm not worried about heat.​

    Edit: kind of small though, I'm curious how much light can it give... auction needs more pictures.​
    Last edited: Jan 25, 2014
  7. Hokum Coco

    Hokum Coco Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 6, 2012
    New Brunswick,Canada
    First and foremost I am subject to -40ยบ temperatures.

    Lighting has it's advantages and disadvantages

    Your egg production (in the short term) will increase.

    You birds, chances are, may molt at an inopportune times (middle of winter) where their biological clock may be thrown out of whack.

    You could loose birds (if you are subject to winter) as a result of this due to cold and poor feathering.

    Your birds will be spent after 2 years instead of 3 is what it boils down to.

    Your birds will suffer added stress to produce with the extra lighting

    I do not add extra light due to the extreme cold over winter.

    I buy extra young pullets near the end of summer and I will get regular eggs all winter long every day from these birds with no extra light needed (Golden Comets to be exact).

    My older birds enjoy a well deserved hiatus and lay sporadically.

    This is my experience talking it may not be right for you.
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2014
  8. ocap

    ocap Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 1, 2013
    Smithville, Missouri
    recreational vehicles (trailers) have 12 volt dc systems, you can look at those stores also, they have some lighting ideas
  9. ChickaABCD

    ChickaABCD Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 4, 2014
    In ref to Hokum Coco That is very good info to know, I never heard it put that way!! Thanks for the info
    Last edited: Jan 26, 2014
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  10. rkorm

    rkorm New Egg

    Sep 2, 2014
  11. BryanS

    BryanS New Egg

    Aug 26, 2015
    Wondering how the candle lighting did? Currently looking for some sort of idea for battery or solar lighting w/ timer since I do not have a way to run electricity to my coop.

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