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    01-19-2013, 03:35 PM
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Foal
anyone use solar lights in/on barn/yard?

I recently moved my horses to property with no electricity. Its fine during spring and summer, stays warm and light till late but winter is another story.

I was looking online at some solar shed lights and solar motion detector lights.
I live in so cal, so usually enough sun light is not a problem.

However, I read online before that solar lights just do not give out enough light to be worth anything. I wanted to know if anyone had any experience or recommendations.


These are ones I was considering:

For inside tack shed and inside hay shed

Http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008R6NHEA/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
On each stall cover and on outside of hay and tack shed

Http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0052SF0LO/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_2?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
     
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    01-19-2013, 03:45 PM
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Green Broke
In my experience, the solar lights don't put out a lot, but it is adequate for finding your way around. They are definitely not bright enough for 'detailed work', e.g. Looking at an injury/cut/etc.
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    01-19-2013, 07:18 PM
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Green Broke
I had thought about it, but the good ones are expensive with all those panels.
I hear the smaller ones don't last. Let me know if you find a good one that has a decent price tag !
     
    01-19-2013, 10:58 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by PaintHorseMares    
In my experience, the solar lights don't put out a lot, but it is adequate for finding your way around. They are definitely not bright enough for 'detailed work', e.g. Looking at an injury/cut/etc.
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that is what I heard too, I may just go ahead though, maybe anything is better than nothing..
     
    01-19-2013, 10:59 PM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by stevenson    
I had thought about it, but the good ones are expensive with all those panels.
I hear the smaller ones don't last. Let me know if you find a good one that has a decent price tag !
Hey fellow californian, I was hoping someone would come along and post who had already tried them out and let us both know!
     
    01-20-2013, 11:47 AM
  #6
Foal
At the barn where my horses used to be, there was no electricity either and the BO bought a solar light to put inside the hay barn. (that same one from the link you posted) Still no light outside the barn. Interestingly enough, I have to say, his barn was very VERY dark, no natural light unless a door was opened...if any natural light gets into the barn and you want more light...the solar light doesn't seem to help at all. This solar light worked best in complete darkness.

Anyway, from having NO light, to enough light to see to feed, I'd say it did the job. That being said, you can get as much light, or more by using the LED flash lights, work lights, lanterns...etc.

My hubby bought me a ball cap with an led light in the bill...That was my favorite thing all last winter! It actually had 3 little LED lights in it, and I could click, 1, 2 or all 3 depending on how bright I needed. My hands were free and I could focus the light everywhere I looked.

It's very frustrating to have no barn lights during the winter months, that's for sure and now I'm a little bit spoiled as there is a light in the new barn who knew I' one day consider light in a barn a luxury!

Good Luck in your lighting endeavers.

Toni
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    01-20-2013, 02:20 PM
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Green Broke
They make rechargeable lanterns, battery operated, that put out a huge amount of light that would be better I think.

But there are some great solar ones out there now, much brighter than the older ones, and a couple of those would be handy anyway.
     
    01-20-2013, 02:23 PM
  #8
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Palomine    
They make rechargeable lanterns, battery operated, that put out a huge amount of light that would be better I think.
I don't go anywhere around the barn/mares at night without mine. Regardless of having electricity, the lantern is very handy.
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    01-20-2013, 03:00 PM
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I've bought many different types of solar lights for around the garden and they mostly don't work for more than a year and then the solar panels seem to break down You'd probably do better to buy lanterns with either rechargeable or replaceable batteries - we use those occasionally - power cuts and generator decides to fail - and they give out enough light to check the horses
A generator is actually your best bet, you can buy portable ones too
     
    01-20-2013, 08:50 PM
  #10
Green Broke
HI Newbie what part of So Ca? Im in the southern part of the san joaquin valley
     

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