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Solar Motion Dector Floodlights
May 10, 2012
10:42 am
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Leah's Mom
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I want to put up a SOLAR POWERED motion detector light in a dark, scary area that is near the woods where we live.  I will be putting it on the side of the new hen house for when I go out at night for my sake (it really is scarry out therebug-eyed) and also thought it might help scare away a preditor or 2.

Wondering if anyone has used them and what brand/type you recommend.  When I read reviews on the LED style they don’t get a very good rating due to being too dim.  There do seem to be a few that get a good review though (Check this one)

 

Also, although I’m primarily getting it for my dark scarry issues, I’d like to hear your experiences/thoughts with having motion lights around hen houses…do you think they’re any use against preditors?

Thanks happy-flower

May 12, 2012
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I have them in my backyard. Did not take long for the ‘critters’ to realize those things are on a timer of sorts and if they wait, the lights will go off. It takes a few moments to reset once off and in they swoop. I live in the geographic center of a city, and we have coyotes and raccoons. The racoons ignore them, but the coyotes will sit at the edge of the light and wait. They are after the stray cats which wander through.

 This is my personal experience and I can not give any brand names, etc., as my late dh set them up for me.

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May 12, 2012
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A good hand held flashlight will serve better.

May 12, 2012
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We have hard-wired but motion activated flood lights stategically located around the property.  They are very effective in lighting areas where we need light, alerting us to something being in the yard, alerting us that the other is home when one of us has been out alone at night, and we cannot imagine life without them.

The deer seem to have adjusted to them and even take advantage of the light.  The coyotes here ARE deterred by them.  The ‘possums wander around them.  Raccoons have left our property (not sure why exactly). 

For our conditions, the lights are invaluable.  Looking forward to your report on which solar-powered one you settle on.  Unfortunately, we have not had good luck with anything solar powered here for more than a few months, but can see that there would be many applications where they would be useful.  We are compact enough with out buildings to be able to cover everything within easy electrical service.

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May 14, 2012
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Our neighbor switched from hard wired floods to save a little money, so far they have not worked well for him. Our properties back up to a large woods and of course there are critters living there, we knew that when we purchased our property and built our home. The solar lights he has now give light but not enough to be considered “flood” lights, and if we have had periods of little sum, they flicker, much like those little stick in the ground  path lights.

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May 14, 2012
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Joell – that’s what I’ve been hearing – that they’re not that good.  I may have to just string some electric out there and do it that way. 

For me, the thing that is scarry is not the 4 footed preditors but that someone could be out there easily hiding in the wooded area.  There has been a break-in or 2 at the pole barn in the history of the property.  That pole barn is right there at the woods edge.

And…Pete…I was HOPING that the neighborhood coyote might be stopped by the light too so that’s a PLUS!yes

May 15, 2012
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Hi Leahs Mom-Our neighbor paid a good bit for his solar lights, they were not cheapies, he spent more on these things than he would have spend for a long time for the hard wired.

 Many years ago we had a sensor light that not only came on when it sensed motion

but also gave a loud blast on a horn. I have not been able to find them any where. I would love to find one, it is one of those things that if you are using them for security it would wake you up from a sleep. Maybe some one knows of a source.

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May 15, 2012
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Leah’s Mom – in all fairness, I do not know for sure whether it is the light or the yard dog which deters the coyotes.  Or maybe even some other factors.

In any case, the coyotes avoid our property, even the parts not directly protected.  So far. 

(It’s been raining for a few days, so it may be time to get the neighborhood males to remark the territory.  happy-flower)

Given the bears, foxes and other critters that HAVE been in my yard, I would not even consider living here without these motion activated lights!

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May 23, 2012
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Joell said
Hi Leahs Mom-Our neighbor paid a good bit for his solar lights, they were not cheapies, he spent more on these things than he would have spend for a long time for the hard wired.

 Many years ago we had a sensor light that not only came on when it sensed motion

but also gave a loud blast on a horn. I have not been able to find them any where. I would love to find one, it is one of those things that if you are using them for security it would wake you up from a sleep. Maybe some one knows of a source.

Leash’s Mom–If you read this, I did find flood light lights with an audible alarm, there are many different types listed on Amazon.com. You may find what you are looking there. I hope this helps..

                                Jo

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May 23, 2012
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Yes, thank you Joell.  I have been looking at Amazon and a few others.  Still seems like the reviews I’m reading aren’t very promising!

May 29, 2012
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I’d love to know about a good solar light too.  I’ve got two hardwired ones on the wall of the house.  But they don’t reach the back of the yard and I have on several occasions gone across the patio to the garage and scared a coyote in the yard.  I like wildlife but not that much!

If anyone finds some solar brand which works, please post it!  Hardwiring to the back of the yard really isn’t possible.  Thanks.

June 10, 2012
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I’d like to find a good solar one as well. I had  a hard-wired one by the garage and a robin decided it was a good place to make a nest. Sure enough, one day there’s a bang and a brown out. I went out to find the nest – and light – up in flames. Thank goodness for a good fire extinguisher. Fried eggs in the driveway and a melted light have left me leery of hooking up a hardwired model again. But I haven’t found anyone happy with a solar one yet, either.I keep hoping the technology will improve.

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