2016 - Volume #40, Issue #2, Page #31[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Solar Power Provides Cheap Barn Lights
He went to the local Menards store and purchased a 3 1/2-watt solar panel ($34) that he connected to a 1050 CA deep cycle marine battery. He also purchased four 10-watt LED portable work lights ($19.95) that operate on 12/120v. He used scrap aluminum from old window frames to fabricate brackets for the solar panel and mounted it outside the barn.
“I cut the 12-volt cigarette lighter adapter off and used wire nuts to connect the circuit and incorporated a switch just inside the door,” says Black. “I left the 120-volt cord coiled and unused.
“One night the lights were
accidentally left on and were still working the next morning.”
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Michael Black, 9800W 200N, Seymour, Ind. 47274 (ph 812 216-2138; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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