solar set up to run a lightbulb in winter?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by dftkarin, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. dftkarin

    dftkarin Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    I have 3 chickens and am planning my coop and probably will not have added light during the winter because I can't easily run electricity to the future tractor/coop. What about something solar though? Is it possible to have a small solar panel that could be on the roof of the coop and collect energy while the sun shines, and then use that energy to have a lightbulb on a timer inside the coop? Could I also use that energy to energize some electric fence wire around the sides of a 4'x6' coop?? Is such a set up possible? Affordable? Practical?
  2. 2manyhats

    2manyhats Songster

    May 18, 2008
    Central NY
    I know they make solar chargers for fencing. We use on of those. I too have been wondering about lighting/heating the coop. Does anyone know?
  3. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Songster

    Jan 2, 2008
    western mass
    me three. Anyone who can tell us?
  4. stephen_tx

    stephen_tx In the Brooder

    Jul 25, 2008
    Midlothian, Texas
  5. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
  6. d(>_<)b

    d(>_<)b In the Brooder

    Jul 29, 2008
    Loganville, GA
  7. MrsCountryChick

    MrsCountryChick Songster

    Apr 15, 2008
    Solar would be wonderful in a coup. But to have more lighting than an 8watt bulb or so, running electric wire & using a flourscent bulb is atleast less electric cost & a brighter bulb. Like outside here we have a few Dark to Dawn outside large pole lights that put off Alot of light ...just as much as any Mercury light, but only costs 60watts each in electricity, cuz the bulb is flourscent. So atleast we're not upping the electric bill. & have Wonderful light outside everywhere. & in the middle of the woods light is a must. [​IMG]
  8. s6bee

    s6bee Songster

    Jul 1, 2007
    Western, NY
    I have a solar light just as a "night light" for the coop and it works well, but I'm sure you can find something to give supplement, the only thing I guess it will be on from the time the sun goes down to it coming back up. That may wear out the hens laying. They do need a rest so if there is a way to cut it on or off, that would make it ideal....
  9. dftkarin

    dftkarin Songster

    Jun 27, 2008
    What I would most want is this: something that collects energy while the sun shines and stores it and then a 60 watt incandescent lightbulb I could have in the coop on a timer so it went on early in the morning during the winter months - so not on all night, and not just a flourescent or LED light because I would be aiming for light and a bit of warmth. I see "solar shed lights" at various places but the reviews make it sound like the lights are not pleasant or bright enough, and that they only stay on for short bursts of time. I'm still looking though - thank you all for the suggestions!!

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