Solar Lighting Kits
The Vysal Solar Lighting Kits are a professional solar powered 12V lighting system engineered for the British climate. Each kit will supply localised lighting all the year round from the power of the sun.
The range is designed to provide either a single bulkhead light source or multiples of 2 or 3 depending on your needs. Various solar panels are offered depending on your requirements in terms of operating times and light performance. The bulkheads are rated IP65 for indoor or outside use and are made of tough polycarbonate. Each kit is complete with wiring harnesses, a solar panel, the bulkhead light fitting(s) and specialist compact fluorescent lamp(s), an IP54 Weatherproof Light Switch, a Solar Controller on larger models and full installation instructions. You just need to source a suitable 12V deep cycle car or caravan battery.
Choose the kit that most suits your needs. We quote operating times based on published EU data for the Bristol area of the UK. This indicates that the most basic kit, a 7W CFL lamp operated by a 10W solar panel, will operate for 86 minutes in December and January, the worst months for sunshine in Britain. If you need longer operating times, then the 30W solar panel operating an 11W Compact Fluorescent lamp (CFL) will run for 164 minutes in the same months. There are more powerful lamp options and multiple bulkhead options so that , for instance, you can operate two inside a stables with one outside.
The following are just some of the applications where these kits can make a world of difference: loose boxes, stables, tack rooms, feed stores, barns, animal shelters, tool stores, garages, garden sheds, summer houses, sports pavilions, bicycle sheds, pub/factory/office smoking areas, allotment buildings, polytunnels, boat houses, beach huts, shipping containers, lock-ups, etc. They are also useful to light paths, steps or features in gardens; to provide lighting in vehicles, tents etc. at outdoor events; to illuminate temporary obstacles such as scaffolding, collapsed walls, earthworks etc.; back-up lighting in areas prone to power cuts; lighting for outdoor traders operating outside daylight hours and many, many other applications.
Just remember that once installed, all the power comes from the sun, for FREE! Compare the cost to that of laying on and installing armoured power cables.
Unlike many on offer, these kits are professionally designed and made in the UK for a long and effective life.
The high performance solar panels generate energy during daylight hours and store it in a 12V car or caravan battery for use during the hours of darkness.
The length of time that you can use the light each day without running the battery flat depends upon the solar energy available.
There is much less energy available in the winter when you most need the lighting. December is the critical month with least solar radiation available to re-charge the battery. Please refer to the table in the OPTIONS section to see how long you can use the light for each day (on average) without running the battery flat in the worst case of December. These calculations are taken from official EU measurements taken at Bristol. Of course, if you do not use all the available energy in one day, it means that the battery will last for longer on subsequent days.
The Rural Solar Lighting Kits are designed for safety and practicality. The lamp is enclosed in a tough, weather proof bulkhead luminaire to prevent any possibility of broken glass from the lamp if your horse rears up. The light switch is a strong weather proof design to withstand the tough stable or farm environment.
Rural Solar Lighting Kits 10W come with a pre-connected solar panel and wiring harness so can easily and safely be installed by anyone in about 1 hour (no special tools required) following the comprehensive fitting instructions provided. We fit the connectors, crocodile clips, fuses and all the connector terminals in our factory so that installation is very straight forward for you. Then, it is simply a question of preparing the cables and inserting the ends into the connector blocks.
Use nylon ties or metal brackets (not supplied) to fix the solar panel onto the selected mounting surface. A better (but more expensive) option is to purchase the kit complete with Wall Mounting Bracket accessory for the solar panel (Fixed 36° and adjustable 45°) as standard. The Wall Bracket is shown below as an accessory. A pole mounting accessory is also available – see below.
If you move to another stables, you can take your Rural Lighting Kit with you as it isn’t permanently wired to a mains supply.
The Rural Solar Lighting Kit 10W contains:
· 10 W crystalline solar panel (35 year life expectancy)
· 1 x 7W CFL 12V energy saving lamp with E27 cap (typical life expectancy 8,000 h) equivalent to 60W GLS
· 1 x IP54 weatherproof bulkhead luminaire with E27 12V lampholder
· 2 x 5m lengths of 2-core cable with red / black conductors (1mm2 c.s.a.)
· 1 x IP54 weather proof wall switch
· 1 x wiring harness c/w 2 x inline fuses, battery clips and connectors.
Required but NOT supplied:
We recommend that you purchase a 12V car or caravan deep cycle battery with a capacity of at least 75Ak~85Ah so that you can be certain that you will always have enough light available. A battery of this type is available from most motoring / caravanning / boating shops.
If, over the course of a month, you use more energy than the solar panels generate you can take the battery home and give it an overnight boost using a car battery charger.
For the technically minded:
A charge controller is not required when a 10W solar panel is used with a 75Ah battery as the unregulated charge current cannot damage the battery. If you use a sealed lead acid battery with less capacity than that recommended above, you will need a 4Ah charge controller. Call our sales helpline if you need assistance and they will be happy to advise you. For the larger Solar Panel Kits, a charge controller is included within the kit.
Optional accessories to order separately:
You can add a second light to your system if you want to. You might like to consider purchasing the ajustable wall mounting bracket for the solar panel:
Order Code 8698 – Wall Bracket for 10W solar panel (Fixed 36° and adjustable 45°)
Order Code 8727 -12V Bulkhead Luminaire for 11W CFL 12V lamp (Crystal lens)
Order Code 8755 – 12V Bulkhead Luminaire for 11W or 15W CFL 12V lamp (Opal Lens)
Order Code 8055 – 2.8W LED 12V Lamp (Equivalent to 30W GLS) typical life 30,000 hours
Order Code 8051 – 11W CFL 12V Lamp (Equivalent to 60W GLS) typical life 8,000 hours
Order Code 8052 – 15W CFL 12V Lamp (Equivalent to 75W GLS) typical life 8,000 hours
Order Code 8053 – Light Switch – weather proof to IP54 (1 Pole, 2-Way)
Order Code 8083 – 1 x 5m of (1mm2 csa : 8.75A) red-black 2-core cable to BS6862
Order Code 8097 – 12V Battery Box
Order Code 8098 – Insulated Safety Clamps for connecting cable to 12V Battery
Order Code 8704 – Pole Mounting accessory for Wall Bracket (order code 8698)
Order Code 8716 – Pack of 10 x yellow continental type fuse rated 5 Amps (25mm long)
You can use the pipe fixing bracket for fixing to a 2″ diameter scaffold pole.
Order Code 8704 (comes as 2 x pipe clamps as shown here )
The 12V Battery Box (Order Code 8097) is shown below
Adding a second light is simple – the connections are as shown.