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Leah Sattler
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I don't want to get the whole kit an kaboodle for this project with batteries and panels etc....I want to extend the light hours for my chickens to encourage more winter laying and was thinking of getting the outdoor solar lights  and trying to hook them up to run on a timer so they turn off at 9pm. is this feasable?
 
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They have those little path marker lights - but that is probably not enough light.

A quick tip:  rather than having a light go off at 9pm, instead have the chickens go to roost when the sun goes down and then have a light go on at 3am. 

If the light suddenly goes off at 9, the chickens might not be roosted yet.
 
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Leah, I don't think that idea would work. 

Without the battery for power storage, the solar panel would stop working about the same time the light got too low for the chickens, wouldn't it?

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susan Iam thinking of the sort of lights people use to light walkways and such, they have a battery built in and they come on as the sun goes down.

paul that is a good idea I hadn't really thought that far but going off at night  could make for some frantic night time flying. I had considered that the walkway ones might not enough light but I was going to look into what I could find that was already wired up. thinking maybe someone out there as produced one that is made for a bit more than just lighting a walkway, maybe a patio area or something, one that would have  more oomph to it. or I coudl just string up the walkway ones like christmas lights around the interior  since I am a bit electrically challenged I didn't know if it was even feasable to wire them up onto a timer. I guess that I would just have to find the wires going from the energy storage area to the lamp area and hook up a timer in between. it sounds simple but somehow i doubt it would be that easy. its sounds too simple.
 
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Okay, I thought you meant no battery at all.

Try wandering around the Real Goods site and see if there is something close to what you're looking for:  http://www.realgoods.com/ ;   I'm thinking something like a solar shed light or something.

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