normally if you want to add lights to a shop you just add them in off the circuit breaker, but that would be the sensible thing to do. unfortunately i cant do that the breaker is too small on my house and i cant afford to have a new one put in. for my machines i use an extension cord from the house but my circuits can only handle so much load before they go so i cant have much more light than a single bulb shop light and if the circuit blows i have no lights and a running machine.
enter my solution. insane? very, but it works so im using it.
on my shed is a 55 watt solar panel kit shown here:
from that the power goes to my charge controller and to 2 12 volt deer feeder batteries
to light the shop i have 2 3 watt 270 lumen LED lights from a company called Goal0 which can put out 16 hours of light on a single charge
and to make sure i dont kill my batteries i put a volt meter on the system which i placed right above my radial saw so i can check it periodically
and last but not least i added some auxiliary car outlets next to my work bench so i can power small accessories or additional lights or whatever else i may need and possibly use my inverter if i ever need to
i hope you enjoyed seeing the insane lengths i go to have my own shop
next i plan on adding in some more lights so i can hang them up for outside work (they actually work better than my shop light for this)
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