solar / 12v photoelectric switch

Discussion in 'Alternative Energy' started by YuccaFlatsRanch, Sep 21, 2006.

  1. YuccaFlatsRanch

    YuccaFlatsRanch Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I have a new 5volt solar panel that I would love to hook up to a battery and a 12 volt RV light that could light my remote chicken house. Where can I get a photoelectric switch to turn it off during the daytime so the batteries can charge??
     
  2. 12vman

    12vman Offgridkindaguy

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    Here's a switch but ya gotta build it.. :) (You won't need the 110 volt power supply)

    http://www.ramseyelectronics.com/cgi-bin/commerce.exe?preadd=action&key=MK125

    Do you mean 5 watt instead of 5 volt on the panel? What type of RV light do you have? Do you plan for the light to operate all night long?

    Here's another option if you don't need a bunch of light..

    http://heartlandamerica.com/browse/...3D5-5087-4C81-9A25-9F40DE50AA09&BC=S&DL=SEH11

    I have the 100 L.E.D. set running down the middle of my house. They provide plenty of light to navigate.. (So not to step on the dog.. :) )
     

  3. Allan Mistler

    Allan Mistler Just a simple man

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    YuccaFlats...
    This is the timer/switch I use to control the LED lighting in my hen house. It allows you to set up several sequences and it is battery operated. Also has manual over-ride to allow it to be used as a on/off switch in addition to a timeclock.
    http://www.westsidewholesale.com/index.cgi?HN_SessionID=@@@@1158882482.22768@@@@&pid=972266&CATEGORY=371&back=16
    or
    http://www.westsidewholesale.com/index.cgi?HN_SessionID=@@@@1158882482.22768@@@@&pid=971077&CATEGORY=371&back=32
    They sell these at Home Depot too!
     
  4. wy0mn

    wy0mn Transplanted RedNeck

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    Cool 12vman!
    I didn't know Ramsey had those. I've made many of their QRP radio receivers/transmitters, antenna switches, & oscillators.
    If I can manage it with all my thumbs... anyone can.
    Lex