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What kind of Lighting do you have in your shed and on the outside of your shed?

Post in 'DIY and General non-hearth advice' started by Don2222, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. cottonwoodsteve

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    Try low voltage garden lights.
    I did the solar/ led thing and they were just not bright enough to be useful

    I am installing lights on out horse shed and coral. Not finished yet but I an very happy with the half I have installed
    200 watt low voltage transformer.
    $19 outdoor remote control
    $9 spot lights with 20 watt halogen.
    If using long runs or lots of lights, remove halogen and use 6 watt LED spots.

    Much better than anything else. Almost as good as 120 volt.
    Instalation is much easier that 120 v and you can easily change it.
    The remote is also great if you light the pathway too. See what is out there before even going out.

    Push the "clicker" button and the lights come on. No great electrical knowlege needed if you have a convienent AC outlet on the outside of the house.

    I have done a lot of county approved AC work. But for a wood shed or horse area why bother with deep trenches, expensive wire. junction boxes and conduit.

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  2. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    Wow, sounds really nice. Where did you get these lights? What type of power do you plug them into?
    Do you have some pics? I would really like to see them.

    Since my shed needed AC, I dug the trench and wired some outlets. I put one under the soffit in front and one back on a 3 way switch. See pics One switch is in the house and the other is in the shed.
    The AC outlet cover is a plastic dome, so I can plug in the rope light and close the cover.
    But I want to se your lights before I buy the rope light. Thanks

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  3. cottonwoodsteve

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    I have some daytime pix. I will do some night pix.Mostly from Home Depot, and Lowe's
    To get more light you can use bigger transformer. An extra $100 or use LED lights. Still an extra $100 but less energy.
    Not a direct relationship because the transformer uses some power even with very little attached to it

    UtiliTech LED 12 v 300 lumens Good

    Sylvania has same thing, same shape, but 30% less light from spec.

    Utilitech used normal measurements. Sylvania seems to use EPA mileage measurement methods.

    Hint for any light. Get then high. When you are walking toward light it will not be in your eyes as much.
    A little bit of foil tape or sheet metal visor can make a shield to prevent the light from going into the neighbors windows.

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  4. cottonwoodsteve

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    Details for pix.
    Light is clamped (will be bolted) onto fence post, which is clamped to coral pipe.
    U shaped fence post clamps to round pipe nicely.
    One pix shows Transformer, Remote Control, and Clicker.
    Wire will go under house through vent behind transformer and come out on the other side of the steps.
    Clicker stays in house near back door.
  5. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    Thanks for the details and pics. Very nice!

    A night pic would be cool if you can.

    Thanks again take care
  6. cottonwoodsteve

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    I can't get an accurate picture. I have an old simple digital camera.
    I tried to get something but the corral is brighter than the picture shows. The light is 10 feet up.
    It is much brighter than Carbon Liberator's ribbon lights.
    The ribbon lights have a strong glow. The 12 low voltage give LIGHT !
    I have altered Fossil's picture to show what it would look like with lights in a similar setting and about 7 to 8 feet.

    Find the garden light section.
    Then find the 20 watt halogen replacement bulbs.
    Then see if you can find one working in a fixture in the home lighting section.
    20 watts is 20 watts. A 120 volt one will give the same amount of light if you can't find a 12 volt demo.

    Pix below.
    Face of outdoor junction box works well for mounting.
    Wood shed pix is dimmed to simulate what two 12v lights will look like at about 7 feet high.
    Notice original light under roof corner on horse shed. It is at about 7 feet. Too low and in your face.
    Notice 2 lights above at about 10 feet. Much more pleasant.
    The corral light is brighter than the picture shows. It is one light at about 10 feet with a diffuser to spread it out.

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  7. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    Hello

    Finally got my lights in!
    http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/shed-outdoor-lighting-is-finally-in-see-pics.85261/#post-1096596

    Pic below shows new lights and warm fire in hearth thru window in shed!

    I put in quarter round molding under the facia board to hide the lights in the front and back. Then when building the shed we added wood behind the rake boards to the peak creating a 0.65 inch slot for the side ropes. Then the roof was shingled so the side slot is custom built-in!

    Also have 2 three way light switches, one in the shed and one in the house so the outdoor shed lights can be turned on or off at either location!

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  8. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    Hello

    Well I finally got some inside lights!

    Two LED cool white 10 foot rope lights from Target.com for $11.99 each (http://www.target.com/p/philips-9-white-led-rope-lights/-/A-13506477) and an LED spot light from Home Depot for $24.95

    These LED rope lights have bulbs every 2 inches and are not nearly as bright as the soft white rope on the outside where the bulbs are spaced every inch apart. However the lighting is enough to see what is up in the loft and does not make glare on the TV when it is on. The spot is great for lighting up the work table area nice and bright although the picture does do justice on the brightness. All lights are plugged into a switched outlet connected to the interior shed light switch!

    See pics below

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  9. firebroad

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    I got something similar to this from Tractor Supply Co. Put Lithium battieries in it and hang on the wall. Has button switch, and is bright enough.
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  10. Don2222

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    That is nice Sue

    Do you have a pic of your shed? I like seeing sheds. :)
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    shed.jpg
    I am somewhat embarrassed, my shed is no looker, just a pre-fab. But since you are a "sheddie", here it is anyway.
  12. Don2222

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    Hi Sue

    That is very nice, a Gambriel shed roof gives more head room. I wanted that but it would not go with our house. Since we built the roof higher than a prefab shed, I am happy with the cathedral ceiling.
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    I considered oil lamps but went with electric. Sorry couldn't resist.
  14. Don2222

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    Nice! Any pics?
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    I'm not sure Don's single room dwelling qualifies under the term "Shed" anymore....

    What's next Don? Indoor plumbing? Stick a throne in there and there'd be no reason to go in the house anymore.... :p
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    Don, no electricity out there. I think what you are seeing is the thermometer! :)
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    4' fluorescent inside, a flood lamp on the front, and halogens on each end. Guy that built that shed processed firewood at night after work (neighbors loved him)
  18. PapaDave

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    I'd like to put a motion light on the front of the house facing the shed. It should be simple enough......except for the part where I have to crawl through the attic. With tools. On my hands and knees (bad ones, at that).
    I could easily tap into a line up there.
    I'll get to it sooner or later. Come to think of it, I could do it on the 12th of never. I love a good plan.
  19. Don2222

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    Hello

    Well it is all insulated now (roof, walls and floor) with fiberglass, foam board and reflectix foil. So it is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Just looking at some paneling now to make it look a little more pleasing on the inside. :)
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    That's all right. You've got moonlighting.
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  22. Don2222

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    Hi Deuce95ci

    Do they take longer to warm up when it is real cold out?
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    They last quite along time...I have not replaced the batteries in over a year of use. I have 4 and move them around . My shed more of a small barn

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    Very Nice Barn/Shed

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