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How to install Solar on your Chicken Coop

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The Chicken and the Egg

This was kind of an interesting experiment for me, as I had never really thought about chickens needing more light during the winter to lay eggs.

So when I had a farmer come up to me, at the mother earth fair and tell me that my, LED light that ran off a 9V battery, would be good for his chicken coop...I was intrigued. I asked him what he meant and he told me that it would help the chickens lay more eggs during the shorter days in winter.

I always like a challenge...so I figured I would try it.

Now, this isn't new news to anybody who's ever been on a farm and raised chickens...but it was completely new news to me and I wanted to install solar power on a chicken coop!

Luckily, I have an aunt and uncle who just happen to have a farm with a chicken coop that had no lights. So I decided to put up some solar powered lights in the coop.

This is the list of things I used:

  • Water-resistance IP65, 12V Waterproof Flexible LED Strip Light
  • Solar Controller 10a 12v/24v Solar Charge Controller
  • Uxcell Switche - 3 terminals, SPST action type and 2 on/off positions
  • DEDC 480Pcs Insulated Wiring Terminals Wire Connectors Assortment Electrical Crimp Terminals Kit
  • ExpertPower 12V 7 Amp EXP1270 Rechargeable Lead Acid Battery
  • 22 Gauge Solid Electrical wire

All these items you can find on Amazon or some even at your local hardware store.

You'll need a basic knowledge of how electricity works.

Every system you hook up will be different and this is just a basic diagram of the one I setup.

So there you have it. A Simple Solar Panel System you can setup for a lot of different applications.

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