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Old 17-01-2012, 11:57   #1
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Solar Powered Lights

I'm rewiring my boat and will be moving it before the job is complete, about a four day trip. I'm thinking about buying some solar powered lighting, the type that is made for outdoor use on patios, etc. I browsed some at the local Lowe's and HD and found some that appear to be well made, for outdoor use, hence water resistant and that that put out a good amount of light for six to eight hours +/_ per charge. They are very reasonably priced. One could leave them outside to charge in the daytime and bring them in at dusk to provide interior lighting for the night or mount them inside where they would receive sunlight to charge through ports or windows in the cabin. I haven't seen this option discussed on any of the forums and thought I'd throw it out for discussion. Thoughts or experience?
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Old 17-01-2012, 12:01   #2
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Re: Solar powered lights

An interesting idea. Try one out at home in a dark room and see how much light they give.
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Old 17-01-2012, 12:22   #3
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An interesting idea. Try one out at home in a dark room and see how much light they give.
I live on my boat. If I don't hear anything real negative I'll try it. The store has them energized on a display and some of them appear to be very bright.
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Old 17-01-2012, 12:23   #4
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Re: Solar powered lights

We do not use our anchor light. We have 6 solar lights that we modified to go on the stanchions. No power required and they also light up the deck for safe walking.
Just bring a few inside to light the heads at night also.
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Re: Solar powered lights

A lot of cruisers in the Sea of Cortez use them like that, to conserve batteries and to keep from being T-boned by returning pangas that operate wide open most of the time.
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Re: Solar powered lights

Thanks. I think that I was over thinking an obviously good solution because I haven't seen it discussed before.
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Re: Solar powered lights

Try one, I have found on land the 6-7 hour claim is more like 2-3 hours, that after a long 16 hour PNW day with lots of direct sun shine.
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