Good Idea for Lights in a Remote Barn

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  1. YuccaFlatsRanch

    YuccaFlatsRanch Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Been trying to find a way to easily put lights in a remote sheep barn. Came up with a good way yesterday. I have some old solar walkway lights - the kind you can just put around a sidewalk without electricty. I cut a hole just larger than the lens in the metal roof and dropped the light through and caulked around the light. I cut about half the lens off to open up the bottom to full size and it lets much more light come through. The amount of light is amazing and since the light is yellow it doesn't attract bugs. Gives enough light to work by, to keep me from tripping and replenishes itself daily. I may put 5-6 of them in the roof before I am done.
     
  2. tngirl

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    Wow. That is a great suggestion. I think I will try this with my next barn and coop.
     

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    YuccaFlatsRanch Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Never thought about it for the chicken coop - a couple would probably put out enough light to keep chickens laying all winter without having to have a timer. I'm for almost anything that requires no actions from me. The electric eye will turn it on as the daylight changes all year long. Daylight savings time won't affect it either.
     
  4. minnikin1

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    Holy moly that is a GREAT idea. Maybe you should "invent" a type that doesn't need a hole in the roof to work. I'd buy them...
     
  5. sisterpine

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    Way to go! I have some i use in my chicken coop, but they are white light and i am still moving them in and out daily which is not much of a problem. But am scheming a way to seperate the panel and batteries from the little light (act. hve it figured out but not time enough to do it yet) so the panels can be outside and the llittle lite inside!
     
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    :D :D :D What a great idea! My garden shed is dark inside, even on a sunny day. Gonna get me some light and one for the chickens, too.
     
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    Great idea but you must not live in an area with lots of snow...Joan :haha:
     
  8. Stush

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    Here is one possibility for a solar powered shed light. A little pricier than a landscape light, but you don't need to cut a hole in the roof.

    Solar LED Light - No hole required
     
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    would that be a bit too bright for a chicken coop, it says it is 300 lumens, or like the light of 300 candles. I see chickens wearing sunglasses... oh the visuals :cool:
     
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    Hey this is cool, gonna get me some of those !!! For the barnyard and the inside of the barn.
     
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    I believe that a standard 60 watt incandescent bulb puts out about 800 - 900 lumens, so I don't think this would be that bright. It should be about perfect for a small chicken coop - say 8X8?
     
  12. Shrek

    Shrek Singletree Moderator Staff Member

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    I use 12 volt camper lamps in the worm sheds at my land on the mountain. All the lights are junctionboxed to a pair of jumper cables. When I go up there, I park my truck by the junction box, pop the hood , connect the cables and have lights in whichever shed I turn the switch to.
     
  13. BlessedMom

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    I really need to get something like this because we need light to milk by now that it is dark when we milk. Currently I am using a lantern. HELP! These are out of stock. Is there anywhere else I could find it or something similar?

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    In our little hen house we have half the roof as those semi clear let light in roof pannels (like the tin but not), we have a solar patio light (the kind that you can screw onto your patio rail) that was like 12$ at Lowes up by the roof of the hen house so during the day it charges, but during the night it gives off a yellowyorange light, not too bright. No holes in the roof and yet still some light.
     
  15. syringaweb

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    BlessedMom,
    I noticed solar shed lights in the Northern catalog we just received.

    Try northerntool.com

    Michelle