?? on solar light for chicken coop

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  1. Wisconsin Lisa

    Wisconsin Lisa Active Member

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    I'm completely new to this...... Can I install a small solar powered light to extend the light time in my chicken coop? Where would I even begin looking for the components?
     
  2. Countrybumpkin

    Countrybumpkin Well-Known Member

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    Thatswhat we did...went to Lowes, and bought one of those sidewalk light kits w/ the separate solar panel, put the solar panel on the roof, and one light in each of the coops, and one in the walkway...lights for about 6 hours after sundown! It was a lot cheaper for us to do that than it was to run electric to the coop!
     

  3. Wolf mom

    Wolf mom Well-Known Member

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    What about Northern Tool? They have a solar light that gives off 7 (I think)watts at night. I think it's about $35.00.

    Anyone tried it? Is it bright enough?
     
  4. n7cos

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    All the parts for doing something like this are avaliable from an RV Supply dealer. Light fixtures are all 12 volts and use bulbs that can be had from a WalMart. Just tye it to a 12 volt battery and a small Solar charger. Add as many lights as you need or can afford.

    George
     
  5. wy_white_wolf

    wy_white_wolf Just howling at the moon

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    punkrockpilot Well-Known Member

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    wolf mom - I have one of those solar northern tool lights in each of my sheds and I am not impressed with the output - it is better than no light tho!

    I cannot recommend them.
     
  7. LittleJohn

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    I had thought about doing this myself not only for extending the light but for supplemental bugs in warm weather. You guys useing them notice them eating bugs under the lights?
     
  8. ladycat

    ladycat Chicken Mafioso Staff Member

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    Years ago, before bug zappers were invented, I had a wire-covered pen that I put young poultry in to grow them out before they were big enough to put in the chicken yard. I placed a low wattage bulb on top of the pen and you could go out there any time during the night and see those babies eating bugs. Mostly moths, I guess, but I saw it as free protein for the chicks... lol
     
  9. cc-rider

    cc-rider Baroness of TisaWee Farm Supporter

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    Hey CB, I thought about doing that, too! I wondered if the extra night-time lighting would affect them going to bed on time, though. Do the lights gradually dim, instead of going out suddenly?

    How much did it cost? I might have to do that! I'm currently using just a little 15 watt appliance light in the coop (I just have a little chicken tractor) and it keeps it warm, but it only runs from 5 a.m. until 5 p.m. (on a timer). I'd run it more if I thought the extra light wouldn't distract the chickies!

    My 4 hens are STILL laying 4 eggs every single day! I hate to mess up a good thing! :)

    BTW - How's the santa claus gig going??