Thanks, Rich.  The house and shed are too far apart to run a 110 V line
(got a quote for $2000 from a licensed electrician, half of which was for
digging a deep trench).

I am still puzzled at how to plug in my heat mats into a solar setup.  Send
me some links plesae.

On Thu, Sep 3, 2015 at 1:57 PM, Rich Thomas via Mercedes <
mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:

> I have been thinking about something similar for a shed I want to build.
> Harbor Freight has some fairly cheap solar panels of not particularly high
> wattage, that would be cheap enough to do a test set up.  Buy one, hook it
> to a battery/inverter  (I think they might come with a 12V battery charger
> circuit but not sure) and see how much charge you can get out of the thing
> to keep a battery charged with some use.  You might also want to look at
> the heat mats, a lot of those things are not direct 110V but use a
> transformer power supply to get, maybe, 12V or something similar, so you
> could possibly run them directly off a battery.  Or go to the junkyard and
> get some heating elements out of some car seats?  You can probably buy the
> heating wire too, I put it in my bathroom tile floor, it runs off 110V
> through some sort of box that might step it down, I don't know.  There is
> probably 12V heating element stuff out there somewhere, eBay is your friend.
>
> HF also have some LED lights with a little solar panel to charge batteries
> for like $40, not sure the light output but again, cheap enough to test
> out.  Costco have been selling some LED shop lights, 110V, that you could
> probably run off an inverter, not sure what they draw but you could check.
> Or buy some 12V LED lights from China (I bought a load of 110V UG10 spots
> that are incredible and have been working fine for 6 months now, 12V is a
> standard too for those fancy track lights) and hook them up.  If you are
> interested I can send some links to the sockets and lights.  They don't use
> much amps for a lot of light.
>
> You could probably get a reasonable set up for a coupla $100.  Or just run
> some conduit and a circuit out to the shed from the house...
>
> --R
>
>
> On 9/3/15 1:11 PM, Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes wrote:
>
>> I would like to electrify my shed in the back 40 in order to provide 1)
>> simple overhead lighting and 2) a 110V outlet for grow mats under my
>> seedlings next spring.
>>
>> I might also want to recharge batteries for a B&D trimmer, although this
>> is
>> a lesser priority.
>>
>> There is a sunny spot where I could erect a solar panel, about 15' from
>> the
>> edge of the building.
>>
>> Anybody out there work with practical solar applications?
>>
>> Andrew
>> Gentleman farmer and rabbit torturer
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