Using solar panels on garden sheds and garages is becoming increasingly more popular as a way of providing light as it doesn?t need to be connected through the mains electricity. Usually it isn?t economically viable to extend a main from a house to an out-building.
You can invest in ?Photovoltaic Solar Panels? and they are perfect for this purpose ? during the day when you do not need lighting, the panel charges up the battery so during the night when there is no sunlight ? you can draw power from the battery for lights. You can find a solar panel and battery fit depending on how often you use your garden shed at night and on how many hours the sun shines during the day.
This kit lights an area of 16 square metres with its 40 Watt Energy Efficient CFL Bulb.
If you are feeling adventurous and are capable of making your own bespoke system, go ahead. This will also save you money.
You can buy solar shed lighting kits from hardware shops or online at http://www.reuk.co.uk/
The kit will look a little bit like this:
The terminal strip enables secure connections between wires and components to be made quickly and easily with just a small flat head screwdriver required.
Wires with the insulation stripped off or other components are to be connected into the holes labelled ?wire? and the screws tightened to hold them securely into place.
If you are using 3V or 6V solar panels, they firstly need to be joined in series, line the panels up on a table connecting the positive lead from the first to the negative lead of the second and repeat for each panel.
In the end, the solar panels will all be connected to each other, with the negative lead from the first panel and the positive lead from the last panel to be connected to the battery or battery bank.
The diode should be connected to the positive lead from the solar panel to the battery with the stripe around the diode situated on the battery side.
Ideally, battery top post terminals should be used to connect wires to the battery. You need to wear protective goggles and gloves when handling batteries.
It is always better to include a switch in the lighting circuit rather than fiddling around with wires around the terminals, the switch should be connected into the positive wire from the battery after the fuse. Position the switch so that it is easy to find in the dark.
Each bulb holder should be fixed in its final location using a few screws or nails.
The final step in the process is to fire up the actual lighting circuit ? each bulb has two leads. Start by connecting just one bulb, test everything and move on to extend the circuit as required.
Connect the leads of the first bulb holder in your circuit to the positive lead and to the negative lead from the battery.
Now you know everything is working well, you could possibly add more bulbs. The last bulb in the circuit is connected to just two wires ? the positive and negative from the previous bulb.