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Author Topic: Shed Lighting/heating & Battery trickle chargers  (Read 235 times)
mr smith
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« on: January 11, 2019, 02:13:39 PM »

Hi Peeps,

I am looking into a few different separate set ups for solar in outbuildings. See below.

1. Trickle charger motorbike x 2

2 Trickle charger tractor.

3 Shed lighting (2/3 hours a day) and phone charging if possible. (Maybe with a Leisure battery with Inverter)

3.5 Is it possible to also run a 40w tubular heater from a panel to keep the place from freezing? It is very very well insulated.

There are so many products I would like to hear from those of you with tested set ups.
« Last Edit: January 11, 2019, 02:36:12 PM by mr smith » Logged
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2019, 02:40:54 PM »

We have shed-shipping-container lighting (gets less use than 2-3 hours a day though- it's on an allotment site).

Our system is a bodged one, a 100w solar panel, a leisure battery, and a really cheap charge controller. The lights are just pendant fittings with led bulbs in. It cost us about 150 to set up, has been running for 3 years now. The only maintenance has been to clean the solar panel (which is flat on top of the container- and the site is a north facing hill).

Works fine for our purposes- the lights are not very bright but we only need to be able to see enough to get tools and materials in and out of the container- we don't actually need to do any work in there. The battery also runs a raspberry pi all year around for our CCTV system (pi and an IR light). In the summer we do sometimes charge phones and laptops and things in there- but we've never tried in winter (as no one wants to be at an allotment in the dark then!).

I can give you some stats and stuff if they'd be useful- but I suspect you'd want better lighting than us!
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