Solar Gate Light

Discussion in 'Isaan Homes/Gardens and Land D.I.Y.' started by nomad97, Aug 21, 2019.

  1. nomad97

    nomad97 Ordinary member Staff Member

    Last week I 'stole' the power lead to the gate security light and redirected it to the new well pump. I have now replaced the 10W mains security light with a 25W solar security light. It comes with a remote control with options for on/off, automatic, 3 hours, 5 hours, all night and full 25W or half power. Get to see how it works tonight.

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    Not too shabby for 488 baht.
     
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  2. Yorky

    Yorky Surin Founding Father

    I remember when Kevin bought a number of solar lights to position alongside his driveway. They were just about bright enough to mark the route. I trust that they've become better since.
     
  3. Yorky

    Yorky Surin Founding Father

    Is it LED?
     
  4. nomad97

    nomad97 Ordinary member Staff Member

    It most certainly is:

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    The red light flashes, presumably to show that the unit is active. The cable linking the solar cells to the light fitting is, I understand, 5 meters long. This allows for the light to be fitted under the eve of a building in the shade yet position the solar panel in direct sunlight.
     
  5. Prakhonchai Nick

    Prakhonchai Nick Surin Founding Father

    I posted a question 30 minutes ago, as to where the solar light was bought from. Do not see my post! Perhaps Nomad could kindly advise.
     
  6. Yorky

    Yorky Surin Founding Father

    I believe that HomePro have solar lights. Whether @nomad97 obtained his from there I don't know.
     
  7. nomad97

    nomad97 Ordinary member Staff Member

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  8. Yorky

    Yorky Surin Founding Father

    What made me think was the fact that you changed a 10W bulb (type unknown) for a 25W bulb. The consensus on here appears to indicate that you should step down a number of Watts when changing to LED. Not that I did though.
     
  9. CO-CO

    CO-CO Surin Founding Father



    Why do you think Nomad would know where your post has gone....................?
     
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  10. Prakhonchai Nick

    Prakhonchai Nick Surin Founding Father

    Nomad understood my post (no 5) perfectly well. He answered the question raised in my missing post, as I intended, and not where my post had gone. :p:rolleyes:

    And thank you Nomad for your answer. I should of course have realised what the answer would be. Nomad is in cahoots with Lazada. :)
     
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  11. nomad97

    nomad97 Ordinary member Staff Member

    The previous gate light was a 220v x 12W LED spot. In contrast, the new LED light is battery powered, voltage unknown, and rated as 25W. Comparing the two LEDs, the mains powered 12W light is nearly as powerful as the 25W battery powered LED.

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  12. nomad97

    nomad97 Ordinary member Staff Member

    Conclusion, the solar powered light seems adequate for this particular job. How long the rechargeable battery will last remains to be seen. However, given that there is no operating cost (free sunlight), and the unit costs about the same as a mains 220v LED spot light (electricity at cost), it seems good value for money. Finally, this type of solar lighting may offer a cost-effective solution to some who do not have mains electricity available for lighting drives and gateways or anywhere else for that matter.:D:D:D

    P.S. My rough calculation for a mains powered 12W unit is an annual consumption of 52 units, based on 12 hours a day, 365 days a year. This would equate to an annual running cost of some 230 baht. Provided the solar powered units keeps going for the next 2 years it effectively pays for itself.
     
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