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a plus bob
06-15-2009, 04:36 PM
Looking for a good solar light to light up my sign at my shop.I have seen some cheapos at Lowes just wondered if they were worth bringing home?


Thanks !!!

klkanders
06-15-2009, 05:17 PM
Just say No

a plus bob
06-15-2009, 05:54 PM
Just say No

S o what do you suggest ? nearest power is 100 ft away from building I have a friend with a ditch witch pull wire and install a light.Only thing is we would have to pull through gravel.

a plus bob
06-15-2009, 06:04 PM
Here is a link for what I want to light up
http://www.lawnsite.com/showpost.php?p=3022170&postcount=89547


The light on the pole does not work??? no power

INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting
06-15-2009, 06:44 PM
No such thing yet as a good quality Solar fixture.

I would install a quality transformer where you have your line voltage, run the 100' with 12/2 Landscape Cable and wire up a two quality LV bullet fixtures or one quality flood. 50-60 Watts on 100' of 12/2 will work just fine.

You dont have to pull the wire across the gravel either, just slit trench it into the sod along the perimeter of the driveway. Easy as pie.

KISS

David Gretzmier
06-15-2009, 06:56 PM
The main problem with solar's is they don't put out hardly any light, and the light they do put out is an ugly color. The best solar spot's I have seen are the ones with a huge auxillary solar panel, something like a 12 inch by 12 inch, and it powered a single cree led spotlight. It put out about 200 lumens, which in laymans terms is around a 25 watt spotlight. you'd need 2-4 of those minimum to get the output of a single 100 watt flood at 120 volts.

I agree with James as the Low voltage wire and trans is the easiest to bury and install. with 120 volt line you need to bury to code which I think is 14 inches deep.

as a temporary solution you could just use 100ft extension cord above
ground, a 120v stakelight with an 100 watt outdoor flood bulb and a simple photo-cell timer til you get something buried. That would probablly only cost you 30 bucks or so total. I figure you mow the yard yourself at your shop, so just move the cord the next few weeks til you get the permanant job in.

klkanders
06-15-2009, 08:01 PM
Bob,
I would suggest going with James plan.

Good Luck to You!

a plus bob
06-15-2009, 10:37 PM
Thanks guys !!!

Pro-Scapes
06-15-2009, 11:15 PM
Bingo. You have a nice looking business there. Nice and tidy. Dont ruin it with cheap lighting that will be laying all over the ground in 2 weeks and look like garbage at night.