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post #13 of Old 04-29-2013
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Re: Wire my Garage like a Boat?

Yeah, I have the small solar panel and battery to provide lights in a shed. You can run the calculations to determine how much lights and how long you want them to last. For me I was able to get a couple hours out of a 40 watt flourescent a couple times a week with just a 10 watt panel and a small battery. A 35ah battery can provide about 5 hours at 40 watts draining to 50% capacity and a 10 watt panel is enough to fully recharge it in a couple days.

If you are talking lights alone it is pretty feasible to size that up, for tools it gets to the point that a little honda generator is a better choice fiscally.
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