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Re: Solar powered light for mast head?
Before I purchased our solar panels I bought 6 garden path solar lites to learn about the realities of solar. Yes they would charge on a cloudy winter day in New England. Yes they seemed to always work OK, even when buried under a few inches of snow. But every 8 months to a year, you've got to put in a new set of rechargeable batteries.
So, to answer your question, how would you feel about going aloft maybe 3 times over a couple of years to change the batteries? I think I'd rather just run the wires once and change a completely maintenance free light every 10k hours or so. By the way, ours is probably around 16k hours now and still going strong.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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