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    Solar shed light Vs using a torch

    Hi, has anyone tried a small solar panel and battery set up for shed lighting? My shed is at the bottom of the garden and it has never seemed worth it to dig a trench to run a proper cable to it.

    For a while I've been wondering if I could fit a 12v solar system for light and power. I believe if need a panel, a change controller and a leisure type lead acid battery. Is it realistic to get a £50 system that could do that? I envision using it for ten minutes to find stuff in the dark it wintery twilight, not providing light for long periods. Possibly running a radio from time to time but no kettles or power tools.

    Any experience of doing this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ernestrome View Post
    Hi, has anyone tried a small solar panel and battery set up for shed lighting? My shed is at the bottom of the garden and it has never seemed worth it to dig a trench to run a proper cable to it.

    For a while I've been wondering if I could fit a 12v solar system for light and power. I believe if need a panel, a change controller and a leisure type lead acid battery. Is it realistic to get a £50 system that could do that? I envision using it for ten minutes to find stuff in the dark it wintery twilight, not providing light for long periods. Possibly running a radio from time to time but no kettles or power tools.

    Any experience of doing this?

    Yes. I have a solar light in the shed and itís fine. Something like this will do the trick. The light will come on when you enter the shed. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/20LED-Sol...4AAOSwNpdct~S2

    You could cobble together a battery, lights, panel, switch and extra connectors, but not for £50.

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    Thanks very much.

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    I have one in my shed that I think I bought from Lidl for about£20 - solar panel is about 6 inches square and itís not in direct sunlight but works a treat


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    Quote Originally Posted by RobDad View Post
    I have one in my shed that I think I bought from Lidl for about£20 - solar panel is about 6 inches square and itís not in direct sunlight but works a treat


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    Is it similar to the one Andyg suggests? Solar panel with lithium battery?

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    It must be half the size of that actually but surprisingly does the job. Annoying as Aldi etc often do these as a one off and you never see them again!


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