Garage Lighting - For Garages Without Mains Power

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Re: Garage Lighting - For Garages Without Mains Power

Post by Joeman » Mon Dec 08, 2014 9:20 pm

yep, probably end up with a bit of wood with some bolts through it to screw the wires to!!
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Re: Garage Lighting - For Garages Without Mains Power

Post by Stu » Fri Jan 02, 2015 3:13 pm

Some more ideas if anyone is struggling :mrgreen:

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Re: Garage Lighting - For Garages Without Mains Power

Post by Throttled » Fri Jan 02, 2015 3:15 pm

I have ended up with various stick on and magnetic LED battery powered lights. Fine for the occasional use that I do.
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Re: Garage Lighting - For Garages Without Mains Power

Post by Danfromthesouthwest » Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:02 pm

Hello, I'm not sure if this post is still active, i'm currently trying to work out how to put a leisure battery into my garage for electricity, I've got a 105AH leisure battery which i want to connect to a solar panel, I'm not sure what Watt solar panel I need? I'm looking at a 100w solar panel, will that be enough for a 105ah leisure battery? I've also been told that I can get a switch panel for the lights, tv, fridge etc so I don't have to have them all running at once? id like a solar panel charging panel also if possible, how will I be able to connect the switch panel and solar panel together from the battery? Thanks. Danny

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Re: Garage Lighting - For Garages Without Mains Power

Post by Mississippi Bullfrog » Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:28 pm

Danfromthesouthwest wrote:
Fri Jul 03, 2020 1:02 pm
Hello, I'm not sure if this post is still active, i'm currently trying to work out how to put a leisure battery into my garage for electricity, I've got a 105AH leisure battery which i want to connect to a solar panel, I'm not sure what Watt solar panel I need? I'm looking at a 100w solar panel, will that be enough for a 105ah leisure battery? I've also been told that I can get a switch panel for the lights, tv, fridge etc so I don't have to have them all running at once? id like a solar panel charging panel also if possible, how will I be able to connect the switch panel and solar panel together from the battery? Thanks. Danny
I'm not sure I understand all of what you said, but for what it's worth....

Any sized solar panel will provide charge for a leisure cell, a 100W one will do fine for keeping the battery charged to run things like lights. If you're looking to run a 12v fridge you'll probably need something bigger and you'd need a control panel for a caravan or motorhome. 12v fridges use a fair bit of juice so personally I'd try to do without and just take a coolbox if you want cold drinks. A decent leisure cell will run most other things if charged by a solar panel.
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Re: Garage Lighting - For Garages Without Mains Power

Post by husoi » Fri Jul 03, 2020 2:59 pm

You can always try one of these :)

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Re: Garage Lighting - For Garages Without Mains Power

Post by jedibiker » Fri Jul 10, 2020 9:12 am


based on that LED lights can last hours.

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Re: Garage Lighting - For Garages Without Mains Power

Post by onesea » Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:44 pm

Maybe I am over simplistic
3 similar to these,
https://www.wish.com/product/5d8de23453 ... =mobileweb
magnetic so I can stick on any steel surface and a head torch.

I use one for parking bike in dark.

If that's not enough I push bike outside...
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Post by jedibiker » Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:58 pm

onesea wrote:
Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:44 pm
Maybe I am over simplistic
3 similar to these,
https://www.wish.com/product/5d8de23453 ... =mobileweb
magnetic so I can stick on any steel surface and a head torch.

I use one for parking bike in dark.

If that's not enough I push bike outside...
does anything ever arrive from wish?

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Re: Garage Lighting - For Garages Without Mains Power

Post by onesea » Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:56 pm

jedibiker wrote:
Fri Jul 10, 2020 1:58 pm
does anything ever arrive from wish?
I have never used Wish mine are similar but not that model.
I prefer Joom, Alibaba, Bangood something normally turns up you just never have a clue what size or when..
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Re: Garage Lighting - For Garages Without Mains Power

Post by Fozzie » Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:19 am

I think a big part of the original post needs redoing.

I've had multiple experiences with garages that don't have power, and the best solution is.
Small 33aH, easy carry battery, 300W inverter from Amazon, and run 230V led tube lights to a single plug that can be controlled with the on/off switch on the inverter, or one run to the entrance of the garage. Power tools should be battery operated.

The reason I don't use a solar panel is it draws attention to your garage. Buildings often overlook them, and on the wrong decline, people can even see it from a public path.

I would use 12V LED's, but I am yet to find tube lights as good as the 230V ones I have. I know it's double the losses as 12V goes to 230 then back down to 12V in the LED tube, but I've compared with a 12V setup and the battery life was barely affected. Also, a 230v supply is more versatile, you have the option to use other things.

A generator is only a good option if your garage is far from peoples homes, the noise they make is quite a bit. And it's a waste of petrol unless you are running grinders or other large objects. Even then it's only a good option if you are a *serious* tinkerer that's in the garage a lot otherwise you end up with a generator with 2 year old petrol before you know it and it's misfiring.
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Re: Garage Lighting - For Garages Without Mains Power

Post by dynax » Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:32 am

I made a light panel using polycarbonate sheet and led strip, the led strip was sandwiched between two pieces of polycarbonate using clear silicone, it's on a 5m cable with a cigar plug, and can be used anywhere and only cost a few quid to make :thumb:
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