Timed, battery powered light?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by earthnut, Oct 21, 2007.

  1. earthnut

    earthnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would like to have supplemental light in my tractor. I was thinking of a battery powered light, because I don't want to run a cord out to the coop when it's always moving around. I can't seem to find one with a timer though. I don't want to have to turn it on and off all the time. Anyone know of a brand? Thanks.
     
  2. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dont know a brand right off but try any l.e.d. they give good enough light and and do not tax a battery much . You can also use a solar powered light like you see on walkways at night, it will come on at dusk and off at dawn. Also a solar charger will work well on a rechargable battery.

    edit to add - sporting goods store have rechargable batteries and solar chargers now for deer feeders and such.
     
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  3. wortgames

    wortgames Out Of The Brooder

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    Around here those little LED solar backyard lights are extremely cheap, they contain a rechargeable AA nicad battery and automatically come on at dusk and switch off (and recharge) during the day. They can run for several days even with no sun, and if you are really in a black hole you can recharge the nicads with any cheap battery charger. No wiring needed, you'd probably just need to modify (or replace) the supplied stake to attach it to the run.
     
  4. greginshasta

    greginshasta Chillin' With My Peeps

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    earthnut - there are some solar lights that are designed for illuminating sheds, with the assumption that folks don't want to pull power to such structures. Not sure if this would help, and it doesn't have a timer, but wanted to give you that as an idea.
     
  5. earthnut

    earthnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have Some solar lights in the yard, but they don't stay on for long at all after dark. They wouldn't make an 8-hour winter day into a 14 hour one.
     
  6. TxChiknRanchers

    TxChiknRanchers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:In that case You probably need a led fixture with a photocell switch and a rechargable battery with a solar charger if you cant get AC power to the coop.

    Let us know how it goes
     
  7. tiffanyh

    tiffanyh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put a shed light in my coop. It really did hold well, ecspecially in cold weather. Definately didnt make up a 14hr day.
     

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