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Solar Lights?

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by zmatalucci, Mar 19, 2010.

  1. zmatalucci

    zmatalucci Very Active Member

    Anybody ever come across a decent solar powered flood light system? I want to illuminate the sign out front of my house, and it's about 250 ft away from any electrical connections.
     
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  2. CheapVehicleWrap

    CheapVehicleWrap Very Active Member

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    No, all the ones I've tried were lame.
     
  3. bayshorecreations

    bayshorecreations Very Active Member

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    I have yet to see a good one either but hey it will be better than what you have now right?
     
  4. zmatalucci

    zmatalucci Very Active Member

    true, I'm contemplating renting a ditch witch and running the wire myself, and then having an electrician make the actual connection. Code says 24" deep, too much for a trenching shovel. I guess it will be worth the 5-6 hundred bucks in the long run...sign working an extra 10-12 hours a day
     
  5. Mosh

    Mosh Major Contributor

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    The people in one of my rent houses have these solar LED yard lights, they are f'ing bright. I think I saw them at Home Depot. I bet if you modified them with some chrome vinyl on one side you could make them shine in one direction. They are only like $25 for a set of 4. If it don't work you'd only be out that, and have some lights for your yard.
     
  6. zmatalucci

    zmatalucci Very Active Member

    ^ steal & mail them to me so I can try them out ;-)
     
  7. Patrick46

    Patrick46 Member

    We have those going up our driveway. YES, they are bright, but they're only good for a few hours, then the batteries wear off.
     
  8. Mosh

    Mosh Major Contributor

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    If it is by his house I bet you would not want them on all night anyway.

    I would steal them, but they are the only ones that pay the rent on time, not like my other two losers.
     
  9. G-Artist

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    I can't tell you where to buy them but you may query your state highway dept.

    Panels about 2' x 3' and a battery pack right under the panel. Put it on an 18' pole
    and cover the pole with anti-climb paint (keep folks honest). Run the wire down to
    the sign lamp. A local light shop can sell you a pretty bright bulb that uses low energy
    (12 v DC) and probably the proper reflector to go with it.

    The tough part is selecting a battery as they are all over the map when it comes to
    prices and features.

    Not unheard of is a wind turbine on top of a pole to charge the battery. Lots of new
    technology in that area and prices are reasonable.
     
  10. There is a company out of New York State that makes some. If I can find the info, I will post it.
     
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