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LED Shed lights

Postby Lancer1993 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:57 pm

I know this is a bit off topic but...

We have a tiny 2.4 x 4.8 meter shed with no mains power and I wanted to get an LED strip wired up with a small solar panel and battery but can't find anything off the shelf.

I have seen one from Bunnings but all the light is from one panel like this.
https://www.bunnings.com.au/solar-magic ... t_p4351882

My idea was to use a 3 meter (or so) lead of LED lights around the shed to spread out the light, it would be far better set up given the low roof line. The solar panel on the roof and a switch near the door or end of the lead.

Has anyone made anything like this with parts you can get at JayCar?
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Re: LED Shed lights

Postby bumblebee » Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:29 am

You can get 20 meter 12v strip led off ebay.
You can get a solar panel off ebay a lot cheaper then Jaycar. When you get the strip led you will need to increase the length of the wire from the battery to the leds to get them to the roof of the shed. If you have no idea how to use a soldering iron your safest bet would be to use some "positap" plugs to lengthen the wires.you can buy those off ebay from a company in melbourne.

Two of those units from bunnings would be awesome. One in diagonally opposite corners of the shed

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Re: LED Shed lights

Postby aspir3 » Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:19 am

bumblebee wrote:You can get 20 meter 12v strip led off ebay.
You can get a solar panel off ebay a lot cheaper then Jaycar. When you get the strip led you will need to increase the length of the wire from the battery to the leds to get them to the roof of the shed. If you have no idea how to use a soldering iron your safest bet would be to use some "positap" plugs to lengthen the wires.you can buy those off ebay from a company in melbourne.

Two of those units from bunnings would be awesome. One in diagonally opposite corners of the shed


This means the lights only work during the day.
You can buy cheap shed lights with rechargable batteries already fitted and solar panel.
I have one and it works fine
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Re: LED Shed lights

Postby bumblebee » Thu Aug 03, 2017 12:23 pm

If you use the battery that was mentioned earlier in the conversation with the solar panel your a step closer to achieving your goal

The simpliest is to buy two of the bunnings units mentioned earlier

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Re: LED Shed lights

Postby Ronan.Butler11 » Thu Aug 03, 2017 5:49 pm

we have a harry potter cupboard (under the stairs hence name) and we just got an LED bar with batteries from bunnings, they last quite a while provided they arnt running 24/7 consistently. 3 years ours hasn't skipped a beat. it does cost a bit more than wiring an led strip like Aspir3 is talking about though, and depending on your ideal setup it might not give enough lighting area compared to strips around the ceiling of the shed

if you want a recommendation i can give you a link, used to work in that tiny ass corner of lights in bunnings, now i just deal with unqualified idiots trying to build half their house for under $20 at the other end of the store lol
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Re: LED Shed lights

Postby Lancer1993 » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:02 pm

Thanks for the ideas, I was thinking of 2 of those light but aren't they more of a spot light? Last thing you want is a light are eye level in your eyes, The shed is maybe 2 meters at the peak of the roof and just over 1.8 at the sides.

I did get a mains powered LED kit from Aldi once with a remote and it works great in the house but needs mains. I'll have a poke around Bunnings over the weekend to see what they have.
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Re: LED Shed lights

Postby bumblebee » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:18 pm

Hiw about a standard old "dolphin " torch?

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Re: LED Shed lights

Postby Lancer1993 » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:19 pm

I have a 'head' light but want something a bit better.
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Re: LED Shed lights

Postby bumblebee » Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:56 pm

Got spot lights on ya car?
Drive ya car round and open the doors up on the shed and fire up the spotties

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Re: LED Shed lights

Postby Ronan.Butler11 » Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:31 pm

we point ours upward, bottom of the stairs reflects pretty well in the cupboard, so thats what we do, depends entirely on your shed, if its tin/colourbond the lights pointing upward would work, there are also some pretty good trigger lights now, as you open the shed a button on the light releases turning it on and vise versa.
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Re: LED Shed lights

Postby bumblebee » Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:47 am

Pointing upwards to reflect is a great idea. Go nuts with the bunnings ones and get 4 and put one in each corner

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Re: LED Shed lights

Postby Lancer1993 » Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:57 am

Yeah I might try that in the back corner and see how it goes.
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Re: LED Shed lights

Postby Lancer1993 » Sun Aug 06, 2017 4:19 pm

This will do for now...
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Re: LED Shed lights

Postby bumblebee » Sun Aug 06, 2017 4:22 pm

Nice one :-)

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Re: LED Shed lights

Postby Lancer1993 » Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:32 pm

Its a start, not very bright but enough if I need to get something at night.
I do wonder if I can hack the unit and run some LED strips from it!
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