Bike shed lighting
Buy as many of these LED lamps as you think you’ll need and use Sanyo Eneloop AAA’s as they’re low self discharge and work the best in low temperatures.Posted 5 years ago
For various reasons too boring to go into, I can’t run mains to my garage/bike cave. A few years ago I bought some fluorescent rechargable strip lights. They’re OK, but hardly super bright and the cheap SLA batteries in them are giving out. Like this:
Can anyone recommend something similar? There must be something decent using LEDs with a battery that dosn’t expire after a few recharges now?
Google gives loads of possibilities, but it is real-world experience of a specific product I’m after …
Rechargable from the mains rather than messing about with solar panels and 12v bateries please.Posted 5 years agoTooTallMember
Have you costed up some replacement batterie for what you have? Also, a quick look at EBay has 600mm LED fluorescent tube replacements at £13.50 each. That plus new batteries (or a single leisure battery you charge every few weeks) would really make a far longer lasting solution for the cave. You could try it with one of them and see how it goes.Posted 5 years agostumpy01Member
Couldn’t you get some led light units strung up to a leisure battery?
Should get plenty of run time from the leisure battery & just bring it back in the house every so often to charge…?
Admittedly not very off the shelf, but something I was considering when we were looking at house with a garage in a black away from the house. Luckily, sense prevailed and I got an attached garage with power!Posted 5 years agotinsyMember
There was a thread a while ago on this, think you could use a wind generator thing they use to top up leasure batteries on boats or solar panels…
Solar, this might be better.Posted 5 years agojairajSubscriber
I’ve got one of these.
Its very bright, one is more than enough to light up your personal space and maybe 2 or 3 to light up the whole garage. Its very durable and well made, never used the battery till flat so not sure how long they last but managed to get 2 hours of it no problem. Also seen very similar ones in hardware and DIY storesPosted 5 years agobeicmynyddMember
Like andyl suggests above Ive got a leisure battery ( caravan battery ) connected to a small solar panel on the roof of my shed controlled via a regulator. I have a 240 v inverter which can push out 300watts with this have 2 240v compact connected to 240v 9 watt fluorescent bulbs. Whole set up cost approx £200 and i learnt a whole lot of about off grid electrics in the process.Posted 5 years ago
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