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 < firstname.lastname@example.org> 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 >> _______________________________________ >> http://www.okiebenz.com >> >> To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ >> >> To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: >> http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com >> >> >> > > _______________________________________ > http://www.okiebenz.com > > To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ > > To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: > http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com > > _______________________________________ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com