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Solar Power Provides Cheap Barn Lights

“I didn’t want to give our local rural electric cooperative $300 per year just for basic service to my hay barn. So my neighbor Dennis Gilliland and I did a little barnyard brainstorming and came up with an inexpensive solution,” says Michael Black, Seymour, Ind.
   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; mnpblack57@gmail.com).

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2016 - Volume #40, Issue #2