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#1 2012-01-25 00:06:51

choctawgal
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From: Washington, USA
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Inexpensive solar lighting for the coop!

I stumbled across this today and thought you would be interested!  The video shows how a 2L soda bottle can be used as a sky light/"Solar Tube" to light the coop in daytime.  This is a lighting method that has been used in 3rd world countries for many years!!

In colder climates you could mix in a bit more isopropyl alcohol and that would make it more freeze resistant.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1umwvQ_h … re=related 

The video appears to be one-person produced, so be prepared for a little jostling.

I'm very intrigued and think I'll try it the next time we see sun!

Enjoy!

:surfing: Jenn

Last edited by choctawgal (2012-01-25 00:11:35)


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#2 2012-01-25 00:50:56

skeffling lavender farm
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Re: Inexpensive solar lighting for the coop!

Very cool! I agree we'd need something like anti freeze or salt or sugar or something to lower the freezing point so the light is transmitted through properly and it stays sealed.  :thumbs:

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#3 2012-01-25 05:02:42

choctawgal
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Re: Inexpensive solar lighting for the coop!

Another person, in one of the videos I found, had added salt to assist with altering the freezing point.   

The guy in the video said (in a later post) that he had one freeze, but he'd just grab another bottle and replace it.  Probably not too practical for those who are a bit north, in the winter... I'm now wondering if mineral oil, with a freezing point of -22C and being a clear liquid, would work in that case.  Hmmmm...

I wonder about cheap booze... for the solar bottle... that is!  ;)  I remember when my ex was playing around with distilling his own "hooch," after making wine... he kept a bottle in the freezer for personal use.  It never froze, but then again, it killed anything it came in contact with!  *chuckle*  (85 proof freezes around -35C, but what a waste!)  :wine:
:funny::funny:

I appreciate being able to mull this one over!  I'm also considering how to make the solar lights that one would use in the front yard into an inside light with a flip switch. (The ones that have a separate solar collector attached to the light unit.)  My barn doesn't have electric yet... and probably won't until I can find an electrician who wants to trade food, horse boarding/training, or pottery studio/kiln time for wiring services.  LOL

Jenn


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#4 2012-01-25 12:27:34

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Re: Inexpensive solar lighting for the coop!

Well darn...even hootch will freeze up solid where I am. A neat idea though. The sun would warm up the liquid during the day and it might act as a heat sink over night as well.

I think the most expensive part of wiring is the wire itself with a close second being the wages for the electrician. And then your monthly electic bill goes up and you have to pay that too!  The price of solar lights with batteries is continuing to go down, that might be a great option.


Raising red cuckoo (marraduna) Euskal Oiloak and self blue (lavender) & black Belgian Bearded d'Uccles.

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#5 2012-01-25 15:30:28

cj's coop
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Re: Inexpensive solar lighting for the coop!

Hi Choctawgal.I looked in Canadian tire and came up with this.NOMA Solar Panel & LED Hanging Light
Product #52-6784-4
It has a on/off switch.at the base and at the light.cost $49.99 Canadian.


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#6 2012-01-26 11:41:06

choctawgal
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Re: Inexpensive solar lighting for the coop!

Thanks cj!!  That's perfect! :thumbsup:
:thanks:

:surfing: Jenn


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