Step 5: The End Product

Ta-da! Nothing really that special. This is just an upscaled version of a solar garden light.

This is easy and inexpensive. Anyone planning a new construction home should really consider a 12v solar system just for whole house lighting. Beefing it up a little with bigger and more batteries (and appropriately rated charge controller) and a person could easily add DC outlets like these to charge practically anything that comes with a car cigarette lighter charger. Fixtures such as recessed lights, ceiling mounted lights, and the lights on fans could easily be converted to 12v dc with the use of a-type 12v dc LED bulbs. The fixtures could even be modified to use the different socket types of lower voltage LED bulbs. They are more expensive, but they also last longer.

It's easy to do and it's something the world should be moving towards as a way to ease strain on power delivery systems. Plus you'd have light even in event of a grid power outage.

Now go out there and save the world (and in the long run, your money) with energy conservation.
<p>You can save a little money on a system of this size or larger by using a &quot;dead&quot; car battery that will no longer start a car but still is capable of supplying lower levels of current. My 20 watt set up works fine with a &quot;dead&quot; battery:</p><p><u><a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Uses-For-Dead-Car-Batteries-And-Sealed-Lead-Acid-B/?ALLSTEPS" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Uses-For-Dead-Car-Batteries-And-Sealed-Lead-Acid-B/?ALLSTEPS</a></u></p>
hi there, I have just completed a full 12v dc solar lighting system, whole house all lights <br>I have posted an Instructable here http://www.instructables.com/id/12v-DC-trapeze-lighting-for-not-much-cash/ let me know if you want any pointers. Our system also pumps rainwater for the loo. whole thing built on an extremely tight budget or using begged and blagged bits and bobs regards rob
The plug you showed in your last picture is known as a SAE plug and is usually found on low power solar installations :) <br> <br>uber
Thank you.
Do you ever have any problems with the heat from the chimney? I don't know if you use it regularly, but does the panel warp or short because of the sudden heat in the colder winter months?
The chimney is used just as a gas log vent. There isn't enough heat from it to effect anything. It probably gets hotter from being in the sun. If someone had a wood burning stove I don't think it would effect it much as long as they had a decent space between the panel and chimney for air circulation.

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