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Solar Lighting Kits?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Winenut, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. Winenut

    Winenut New Egg

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    Hello All;
    My wife and I are in the planning stages of our first coop. We have read that in order to maximize egg production in winter we are going to need lighting. We live in the Pacific N.W. so winters can be dark. Our coop site will be to far away from the house to run power to. Even though we aren't in prime solar country we think that some sort of solar lighting kit might do the job. Does anyone know of a solar lighting kit available commercially that is suited to a chicken coop?
    Thank you for your help.
    Winenut
     
  2. Keno

    Keno Out Of The Brooder

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    You might check harborfreight.com , they had some inexpensive solar units.
     
  3. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hardware stores often carry a photovoltaic panel small enough for the roof or side of a coop and sufficent to run lights. You might want to use LED lights because they need less power. We're using, among other things, LED Christmas Rope lights in the coop, though we have a standard electric outlet for those. You'll probably need enough amperage to keep a heater going under a waterer in winter.

    A lot of communities have specialty shops now that sell windmills, solar panels, inverters and the like.
     
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2008

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