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#6459522 - 09/19/16 08:31 PM Lights at deer camp
dmov Offline
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We don't have electricity. We want to run a couple strings of led lights off of a battery and recharge with a solar panel. Where do we begin. I know it's possible but don't know exactly what we need. I know battery, solar panel and lights but do we need a inventor or some type? We want to be able to have lights without generator running all the time. Also would light it on a photo cell.

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#6459544 - 09/19/16 08:39 PM Re: Lights at deer camp [Re: dmov]
HuskerB Offline
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Registered: 01/23/10
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Might be easier to just pick up a couple solar powered flood lights from Harbor Freight.

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#6459646 - 09/19/16 09:25 PM Re: Lights at deer camp [Re: dmov]
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No system is 100% efficient, meaning you will lose some energy by using a DC to AC power inverter. I would look for 12-volt lights that might be used in an RV. But if you have equipment that only runs on AC, a converter will be a must.

If there are times when more and brighter lights are needed, just create a separate setup with AC lights that connects to your generator.
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#6459654 - 09/19/16 09:29 PM Re: Lights at deer camp [Re: HuskerB]
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Originally Posted By: HuskerB
Might be easier to just pick up a couple solar powered flood lights from Harbor Freight.


They also have led string lights for pretty cheap, with attached small solar cell. We bought 3 and they put out a decent amount of light, but more like accent lighting, you wont be reading by them.


Edited by Western (09/19/16 09:29 PM)
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#6459661 - 09/19/16 09:35 PM Re: Lights at deer camp [Re: dmov]
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12-volt LED Flood Light

With an 18 watt power drain, this light will run for roughly 30 hours on a standard car battery. Two of them would last 15 hours, and so on. Take the wattage and divide by the voltage to get the current/amp usage.

A standard car battery supplies about 45 amp hours, which translates to 1 amp over 45 hours. A current drain of 2 amps equates to 22-1/2 hours, etc.

Oh yeah. Compare lumens output to judge light brightness. And solar panels cannot touch the time it will take to recharge the battery with an AC-powered charger. A good solar panel might put out an amp on a bright, sunny day, while some AC chargers can be cranked up to 6 amps or more.

Hope this helps.
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#6459663 - 09/19/16 09:38 PM Re: Lights at deer camp [Re: dmov]
Simple Searcher Offline
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A handful of solar powered landscape lights might work, I hunt hogs using them all of the time, and they last for several hours.
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#6459664 - 09/19/16 09:39 PM Re: Lights at deer camp [Re: dmov]
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These are the ones we got, they do last a while.

http://www.harborfreight.com/solar-rope-light-68353.html
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#6459706 - 09/19/16 10:20 PM Re: Lights at deer camp [Re: dmov]
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Buy a $99 generator from HF, put it a ways away from where the conversation is and have all the light you want. You are going to need a few batteries in order to run the lights you want, and by the time you buy the batteries and solar panels and inverters you could've bought a generator and enough fuel for the season
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#6459708 - 09/19/16 10:21 PM Re: Lights at deer camp [Re: Simple Searcher]
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Originally Posted By: Simple Searcher
A handful of solar powered landscape lights might work, I hunt hogs using them all of the time, and they last for several hours.

This ^^^^^ Buy them at WallyWorld cheap.
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#6459805 - 09/20/16 05:32 AM Re: Lights at deer camp [Re: dmov]
twinbubba Offline
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Here is a thread I ran 3 years ago about our LED lights. They are still going strong. We did replace the solar charger for a better one than the first one we bought.

http://texashuntingforum.com/forum/ubbth...cam#Post4680926
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#6459835 - 09/20/16 06:27 AM Re: Lights at deer camp [Re: dmov]
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I noticed that Northern Tool and Equipment does offer solar panels that match the output of an AC powered battery charger, but at about the same price for what you'll pay for a generator.

There's no question the low power consumption of LED lighting makes this type of setup much more effective than traditional lighting. Just compare the lumens output and wattage needed and you should be fine, keeping in mind that a standard car battery will supply roughly 24 watts for about 20 hours. Marine batteries will do much better. That could be plenty to run lights over an entire weekend and leave time for a good solar panel to recharge the battery between visits.
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#6459900 - 09/20/16 07:51 AM Re: Lights at deer camp [Re: dmov]
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Use a deep cycle battery, it will tolerate being charged and discharge much better than a car battery. Also if your solar panel puts out more than 2 amps you will need a charge controller.

However you could buy one of the small quite generators off craigslist for less dollars.

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#6459921 - 09/20/16 08:08 AM Re: Lights at deer camp [Re: dmov]
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The small, Harbor Freight generator puts out about 1000 watts and has a two-cycle motor that requires a 50:1 gas/oil mix.

I have one and can honestly say it never cranks on the first pull. It fact, on cold days it can take several minutes of pulling to get it started.

Yes, Craig's List is a great place to find a generator for a good price.
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#6459930 - 09/20/16 08:15 AM Re: Lights at deer camp [Re: dmov]
colt45 Offline
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use some solar, for serious light deep cycle battery
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#6460368 - 09/20/16 12:49 PM Re: Lights at deer camp [Re: dmov]
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Loc: McKinney, TX
I've got a wireless video camera set up on my hog trap that I can view from the TV in the trailer. I got tired of messing with charging the battery for the camera all the time, so I bought this kit:

Solar

And one of these:

Photocell

Now, the camera comes on automatically, runs all night, and shuts off shortly after dawn. Then the solar panel charges the battery by the early afternoon the next day. You could easily do the same with LED lights. So for a hundred bucks or so, plus the cost of the battery, you get to listen to the sounds of camp as opposed to the noise of a generator.

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