Solar Powered Vegetable Garden Grows Food Using Sun Power

Solar Powered Vegetable Garden Grows Food Using Sun Power

Alright! This is John Kohler with, today we have another exciting episode for
you, I’m coming at you from my backyard garden, it’s a beautiful day here in the
90s, and the sun is out, the sun is shining, and I want to let you guys know that my garden
is 100% solar powered. Now that sounds kind of funny, but it’s true. My garden that
you see behind me is 100% solar powered, that’s where the energy comes from. Yeah I mean I
put some nutrients in the soil and build the soil and stuff, but if you think about it,
all the plants photosynthesize. This means they take the sun’s energy and they convert
that into carbohydrates for themselves, but more importantly besides themselves, also
for the microbes in the soil because they send out plant exudates in the roots to attract
the microbes. But that’s a whole nother topic that we’re not going to cover today.
So anyways yes, my garden is 100% solar powered, and I like to get as much sunlight as possible,
and in this day and age of unrenewable resources like petroleum fuels and all these different
things that we’re consuming, consuming, consuming, including consuming food out of
the grocery store, which takes massive amounts of petroleum fuels to grow, deliver, ship,
and all this kind of stuff, there is a better way, and I know many of you guys are doing
this already by growing your food in your back yard, your front yard, inside your home,
wherever you can to take a lower carbon footprint on the planet, which is just good for the
planet, and good for you in my opinion. Now I’m going to take that to the next level,
one of my goals for 2015 is to get solar panels on the house and basically do net metering,
which means I’ll basically produce all the energy I use throughout the year. I’ll be
producing most of the energy during the summer time when the sun’s shining and it’s super-hot,
and then all the credits I’ll get will basically pay for the winter bill. Now aside from that,
also I’ve done steps to conserve energy not only to save me money on my bill, but
also to help the planet out and conserve resources, because there’s finite resources on the
planet. We’re doing all this thing fracking, and extracting gas and all this stuff out
of the earth and it’s disappearing and one day it will be gone. So plants are already
set up for the dooming failure of all the petroleum fuel running out, but we also in
my opinion should start to get ready for this occur. So what I’m really going to do in
this episode is actually get some solar panels in my garden, and actually really go solar
in my garden so my plants can benefit from light from solar power in the evening time,
but not necessarily for that because it’s not going to really create a lot of light
for my plants to photosynthesize in the evening, but what it will allow me to do, especially
when the days are really nice and hot, it will allow me to easily work out in the garden
at midnight when it’s 70 degrees out. And that’s the nights I really look forward
to. So anyways, let’s go ahead and turn the camera over to the area where I have a
whole bunch of new solar panels and solar lights that I’ll be stringing up in my garden
today. Alright so as you guys can see, here’s some
solar LED lights, which is the most energy-efficient lighting that’s out there. And one of the
things I did probably last year or even the year before is convert over my interior lighting,
and even my security lighting outside to LED lighting. So I want to encourage you guys
if you haven’t already done this, the LED bulbs now are at an all-time record low price.
They used to be actually very spendy, some of the ones I bought for 10 dollars each,
I’m glad to say that now the 60 watters such as this one, are available at maybe big
box stores near you if they’re still on sale, because they have been on sale for the
past few weeks at Lowes and Home Depot for around 2.50, 2.99 for 60 watt. And the reason
why I want to bring this up is because 60 watts of incandescent light basically uses
only 10.5 watts of the same energy to produce the same amount of light. In addition, unlike
fluorescent lights which I also like for energy conservation I do not like because they do
contain toxic mercury, and the majority of the bulbs in my opinion don’t get recycled
because people just chuck them out, and it is actually kind of a pain in the arse to
recycle the fluorescent bulbs. So I want to encourage you guys to go LED. Also the LED
light according to my research doesn’t have that flicker, and it’s a lot more healthier
for us and our eyes because it doesn’t have the hertz cycling that standard fluorescent
lights do that may cause things like headaches and all this kind of stuff. And of course
it saves a little bit more energy over the fluorescents. So anyways, the purpose of this
was that the 60 watt incandescent bulb uses only 10.5 watts of energy, and it puts out
on the bottom here 800 lumens, and that’s going to basically cost you $1.26 to burn
this bulb per year based on whatever the usage statistics are. Based on three hours a day
and 11 cents a kilowatt hour, right? And so that’s pretty cool, right? A 60 watt bulb,
800 lumens, and now I’m going to get into, I’m not going to be using these in my garden,
I’m going to be using actually these guys, which are basically solar-powered LED lights
with motion sensors. So what this means is that they’re going to stay off all night
until I walk out or until the wind blows and the plants move and then it senses motion
or a burglar God forbid comes in my backyard at night. I’m going to light it up so he
can pick produce. No, it’s going to light up so it might scare him off. But basically
what happens is this little solar panel here collects the sunlight in the day, it sends
the energy into the box here where there’s a battery pack, the battery pack stores the
electricity, and then it powers the LED lights. So this was the first style of LED solar lighting
that I installed is the XEPA, X E P A technology. This is one of the first units that came out
that was actually dependable, because there’s a lot of cheap crap from China, trust me I’ve
tested a lot of them, and this one actually worked for a reasonably long time. Also I
do recommend that you buy this from a reputable retailer that has a good return policy, such
as Costco, I bought this at Costco so Costco basically has an unwritten forever warranty.
If you’re ever not satisfied with your membership or your purchase you could return it to Costco
with your receipt at any time for a full refund. So if this should give out, go defective after
90 days, a year, two years, take it back. What I have learned with these guys is that
the batteries often need to be replaced so the fix, if these guys go out and don’t
work or just basically a lot of times a new battery. But yeah so this was a 45 LEDs, amazing
brightness, and it says “continuous illumination for up to 14 hours with two to three hours
of direct sun exposure.” So that shows the power of the LED technology and how energy-efficient
it is to create light. And so this is good for security, this is also good to shine on
your plants and give them a little bit of excess light in the evening. And so this is
the first style I used, we’re going to go ahead and put that aside now. And then last
year, Costco in the warehouse, I’m a Costco member, I like to shop at Costco, they also
have some really cool stuff. I want to congratulate their buyers on this. They got the Sunforce
80 LED, that one had 45 LEDs Solar Motion Light. And this says “light output 900 lumens.”
So that’s 100 more lumens than the 60 watt bulb that I just showed you guys, all powered
on solar power, you know with the little solar panel. And so that’s really cool, and this
has 80 bright LEDs. So I kind of bought these last year, they’ve been kind of sitting,
I’ve been kind of lazy to put them up, just haven’t really been motivated to do it,
because I also wanted to make a video for you guys. And that’s a good thing, because
I was actually just at Costco a week ago or so, and they had the new upgraded model. So
now I’m going to return the old ones, because I never opened them, never used them, to Costco,
and they’re the same price as the new ones I got by the same brand. And now they got
the new model, and this is 100 LEDs solar motion light, so instead of having 80 it now
has 100 because technology gets better and better. You know, that being said, I don’t
want you guys to wait around till next year to get next year’s model, it’s probably
good to get this year’s model. This is pretty doggone good. This is 1000 lumens man for
my garden, so it’s kind of a good thing I’ve been kind of lazy about the solar panel
thing because I’ve been working and focus more on my plants and live things than inanimate
objects. And Costco actually recently got the new Sunforce 100 LED versus the 45 or
80 LED light with 1000 lumens so that’s 100 more lumens than the Sunforce and 200
more lumens than the 60 watt bulb, so I mean this is maybe equivalent getting to be like
75 watt bulb, and a 75 watt bulb, that’s pretty bright, I mean you could definitely
grow some stuff in it. So I mean if you’re looking for supplemental lighting for some
of your plants, this might be a good way to do it inside a greenhouse in the winter for
example to light it up a little bit more. I’m not exactly sure how long this will
stay on, but it basically uses rechargeable AA batteries, and it’s cool they’ve gotten
this technology. I mean they show this basically for security lighting and whatnot around your
house but not necessarily for plants. And while there are certain spectrums of light
that plants light more, right, any light plants will accept and will grow on, and this is
especially important in their vegetative state. So if they’re fruiting, it’s probably
not as good to be growing fruiting crops underneath a bulb like this, but it will work to some
extent. But especially for veg stage so when you’re growing lettuce or leafy greens or
herbs to eat, this is going to be fine, and yeah, investment of, I believe this is 30
dollars, the item number at Costco is 862796, and you can have lights for your plants, but
also for me specifically, it’s about being able to work at night out of the heat. Let’s
go ahead and open this guy up and show you guys what’s inside.
So there’s only a few parts inside here, and this is really easy to install. Basically
you’ve got the solar panel here just mounts to a nice sunny spot. Right now when it’s
in the sun collecting the energy, there’s energy coming in and out of this wire and
we’re going to plug this wire in. [inaudible] got shocked. Just kidding, alright, don’t
try this at home. Alright. But yeah, check this out, the solar panel collects the sun
energy, and it creates energy and puts it through this wire which you’re going to
actually connect up into this main box here. And this main box is actually a nice heavy-duty
security light that comes pre-charged. Look at that! Off, on [laughter]. Alright that’s
really cool, it’s pre-charged, and this looks like a pretty solid unit, much better
built than some of the other previous models I have seen. Andon the bottom it says “On/Off
auto,” so you could actually just turn it on if you need some extra light if it’s
not coming on, and I’m going to put it on auto. But yeah and there’s a little motion
sensor here so I mean, basically you mount this guy to wherever you’re going to mount
it, mount the solar panel, plug it in, and then forget about it. I like people from New
York, “Forget about it!” Yeah you don’t have to do anything else, and the sun will
power it without using any electricity, without plugging it in, without you having to lift
a finger, you’re going to be able to light up your plants, and light up your garden so
you can work at night if you want like I am. Any case, what I’m going to do next is just
do an install for you guys, it’s as simple as screwing in some screws, mounting this,
and calling it a day, but I got about six of these guys installed in my yard so I’m
going to have the brightest backyard here in my city aside from down on the Las Vegas
strip at night. Alright so now I’m installing the solar
lights, and as you guys can see, here they are right here to make installation easy.
What I do is I unscrew these thumb screws on the side, careful not to drop them on the
ground below I am on an awning here above my backyard, and so you want to mount this
the highest point possible. So we’re going to unscrew the thumb screws and then we’re
going to basically get off the mounting bracket right here. And basically what I’ll do is
I’ll take the mounting bracket, and I’ll take one of the screws that it comes with,
and we’re just going to kind of put the mounting bracket where I want it, which is
about right here. I’m going to take a screw and kind of just press this into where I need
the starter hole where the screw’s going to go. Press the screw in where the starter
hole’s going to go, and then do one on the other side. Press it in tight, this will kind
of give you a guide for where you need to drill. Then we’re going to go ahead and
take the Ryobi drill lithium 18 volt, this is the only drill you guys should get, definitely
a good drill. And then we’re going to go ahead and find the pre-punctured holes and
just drill. And I like to pre-drill the holes, this is not necessary, you could do it without
pre-drilling, but it makes work a whole hell of a lot harder and the screws that they give
you are cheap from China, and they’re prone to stripping. So heed my words wisely, because
I already stripped out one of the heads. But after I stripped out one, it’ll never happen
again. Alright one more hole to drill here. Alright all set. So next step is I like to
hand screw these guys in, sometimes I’ll just start them by hand-screwing, sometimes
I’ll just screw them all the way in by hand, and so we just go ahead and put this guy in
there, and just screw it in. And I like screwing things in more than I like screwing off. So
now that I got the screws started with a screwdriver, we’re going to go ahead and take the drill,
we’ve switched out onto the screwdriver bit and just screw these guys in nice and
easy. I mean this is super-simple, the hardest part about putting these solar lights up honestly,
was opening the box. I mean anybody could just take a couple screws, screw a few things
in. I mean that’s how easy it is to set up, I’m glad these are all fully assembled.
Then we’re going to go ahead and take this guy and just wedge it back in there, and put
both the thumb screws back. The other thing you’re going to want to do that I’m looking
at now that you guys can’t see is we’re going to want to set the sensitivity, time
and lux on the bottom of the unit so this basically sets how sensitive the motion sensor
is, and I’d probably pretty much put that at halfway. And then the time I crank that
up because I want this on the maximum amount of time, because I’m going to basically
be using this light in the garden to work at at night, and then the lux is actually
basically tells the light if it should come on in the daytime or the nighttime. So I’m
going to set it to the moon instead of the sun, so this will ensure that it only comes
on when it’s fully dark outside, because that’s only when I need it, and we’re
all set, and then we could actually just rotate this guy in place, I’m going to rotate him
all the way down, so let’s focus down instead of out, so it can help me work in my garden
more effectively. Alright, then we’re going to go ahead and put this sensor up and face
it the way to my walking path. Alright so the next step is we got to mount
the solar panel, this is super-simple, super-easy, there’s actually four holes on the solar
panel to mount it. Basically since I’m lazy, and if this guy which is much heavier, the
unit only uses two screws, I don’t feel you need four screws on this, so I’m actually
putting two. The two best screws would be to do kitty corner screws, [inaudible] even
more lazy and just doing two top screws. And I just mount this the same way. Once again,
it’s not rocket science. I take a screw, I put this guy down and I take a screw, kind
of put this right next to the solar light, and kind of size it up it could be right up
and facing the sun. Put this down, take a screw, put it in there, and press really hard
on the wood to get a nice starting hole, let me know where I need to drill my holes. Then
I’m going to go ahead and change out the drill and put the drill bit on there. Then
I’m going to drill baby drill, much like brew baby, brew, [inaudible ] famous guest
speaker on the GYG show says. Okay now that I got the holes drilled, we’re going to
go ahead and take a screw and fit it through the hole, and take my handy dandy screw driver
here and start screwing. So this one you can’t really do with a power drill unless you have
a long extension. It’s just a tight fit, and I like tight fits in the garden. Alright
we got one screw partially in I’m going to go ahead and get the next one going. And
you’ve got to kind of rotate this panel out of the way so you can get it in all right.
So yeah, just screw this one in manually, until we’re tight. Alright all tight and
secure, raise that guy up into place so he can collect the sun, actually I think some
clouds are over the sun today, so not super-bright, that’s a good thing. Last step is take this
little plug here, we’re going to run it over the top, and right into the bottom of
this unit, there’s a little plug and just plug it right in, goes right in, and then
we’re going to go ahead on this side there’s a little three position switch, it’s “on,”
so you can see it’s on, and then middle is “off,” oops on, middle is off, and
then the final side is actually the auto mode, which will work with a sensor. And we’re
going to go once again make sure this guy is faced all the way down, do the light most
good in my garden. And now we’re going to go ahead and wait until night time and maybe
I’ll try to show you guys how bright it is at night if it will come up on the camera.
Alright so now it’s night time, and I’m back, I want to share with you guys actually
how these lights look in the evening. So I got the house lights turned off, there’s
some ambient light from some street lights, but this is doing pretty good actually. So
let me go ahead and show you guys how these lights look like at night. A couple more working
with the auto sensing, and several more not, so I think I need to dial it in and mess with
them a little bit more, I was getting too tired for tonight I wanted to actually eat
dinner. So I turned this one on automatically, so it’s on the “on” position, the other
two are on the sensing position, and they’re working properly. So this one’s on, and
let me go ahead and show you my garden what it looks like at night with solar power illumination.
Alright so now I’m going to show you guys what it looks like in the garden with just
this one LED light on. This is maybe 75 watt equivalent in my opinion, and it’s actually
lighting it up fairly good right underneath it. Here we are underneath it and this is
almost workable, I’m sure you can have enough light to see, this is definitely better than
being in complete darkness. And especially because it’s light-free from the sun. So
let’s go ahead and get these other ones lit up here. [inaudible] there’s another
one just kicked on. So now you guys could see the two of them. And you know this is
shining basically on this bed here, which is actually fairly bright. I could come out
here now and harvest greens. And if you guys could see now, this wall is actually fairly
well illuminated, and I could see it’s enough light to come out here and harvest cucumbers
in the middle of the night if I want to, if I’m not in the shadow. And we’ll get over
here and [inaudible] check it out, there’s the last one, just kicked on, so now we got
one, two and three on the other side. And this is definitely enough light to check out
my tomato bed. I don’t think I have any ripe ones underneath here yet. And enough
light to see my cucumber wall and come out at night and pick cucumbers by harnessing
the power of the sun. And I wonder if it’s even bright enough for me to make a video
out here at night with I’m standing between the two lights, and yeah, so yeah definitely
really cool solar power lights. I’m going to add a few more in if I get the other ones
dialed in, if the other ones aren’t dialed in, they’re going to get exchanged for good
ones. Sometimes I find they have some high defect rates with some of these items from
China. Any case, I hope you guys enjoyed this episode, hope you guys go solar on your roof,
in your garden, and wherever you can, and go with the LED lights. Besides growing my
own food to be sustainable that way, which food more than anything else is the number
one way you can be more sustainable I think really trying to create your own power and
use things like the solar LEDs for lighting definitely really smart, and I think the way
that everybody needs to go to see a change in the world and the impending energy crisis
that is coming one of these days. Anyways, if you like this video give me a thumbs up,
I’ll do more kind of like more geeky videos like this, might [inaudible] necessarily do
with food, but it does, because all these topics are important. Also be sure to check
my past episodes, I have over 1000 episodes now on all aspects of gardening including
solar lighting now, and be sure to make a comment down below on what you thought of
this episode. I don’t know, I just like sharing what I’m doing because basically
my gardening channel is what I’m doing in my garden, and today I installed the solar
lights as well as actually I pinned up my cucumbers so they could actually climb up
and they’re getting six plus feet tall now, and making lots of cukes. Anyways, I hope
you guys enjoyed this episode, once again my name is John Kohler with,
we’ll see you next time and remember, keep on growing.

72 thoughts on “Solar Powered Vegetable Garden Grows Food Using Sun Power

  1. It's quite sad, frustrating and unfortunate that LED lights and solar panels are SO EXPENSIVE/UNAFFORDABLE:(

  2. Doesn't mounting those panels up high make them a pain to clean?? Since their output power is decreased when dirty.

  3. Great information! I purchased the 80 LED light and it's amazingly bright (900). Excellent light and where it's mounted I can easily undo the two thumb nuts, unplug it and use as spotlamp or indoors when power goes out. The only issue is running time is about 45 minutes. I do like that you can manually turn it on when needed, rather than having to trip censor. Peace!

  4. @Learn Organic Gardening at GrowingYourGreens

    Lol…. Very entertaining vid John. I was wondering if you might have use of a LADDER!
    Was amazed at the precarious position in which you placed yourself. Not very safe!
    Just looking out for you bud. No pun intended.

  5. Night time growing?  Has anyone tried growing vegetables with the blue and red or purple led mix?

  6. The angle should closer to 45degrees on the solar panel for optimal battery charging in Michigan 44 degrees is optimal may be a few degrees different

  7. Sadly, energy efficient items are still not yet ready for prime time. They claim you are saving money on your electric bill but the reality is any money you might have saved goes to the bulb manufacturer instead. I bought a 6 pack of GE bulbs boasting a 5 year warranty and 5 burned out in less than a year. I've been replacing them with cheap  $0.40 regular bulbs and when the 6th bulb dies I'll return them for a refund. If they had lasted 5 years I still would not have broken even.

  8. Crisis coming very soon I think, excellent vid John. What we really need is micro-economies. Everyone producing at least 1 product or skill to trade (literally) with locals.

  9. I feel for you John.  I live in Phoenix, Arizona and our temperatures have been 108 degrees and higher reaching close to 115 degrees at times.  I'm a night owl so I'm rarely up at 5-6 am to water my plants before the scorching sun comes out.  I tried working in my garden at around 5-6 pm, an hour or so before the sun goes down but even then it is way too hot at times.  When I'm not able to deal with the heat, I sometimes end up having to put on my LED headband flashlight so I can work on my garden in the late hours.  I hope everything works out with your new lighting system!

  10. Solar power is the future. If we could only find a way to make our own solar panels and lights at home using local resources in a fully recyclable way, humanity's happy future might be extended quite a bit …

  11. Even with the extra cost, I prefer the LED's to the CFL's.  Having cleaned up broken CFL's, I'd even choose the plain old incandescent and pay more in electricity over CFL's.  Good video.  🙂

  12. While its not solar I use white Christmas tree LED strings lights . 
    They are about 3 watts and run 15 feet or so.  Get them after Christmas and they are super cheap.

  13. I like to slice green tomatoes and add salt pepper and flour and fry them in olive oil, there really good with mashed potatoes and gravy made with olive oil. You can also fry zucchini and I've heard that some people fry cucumber's the same way.

  14. I'm sure Al Gore appreciates you depreciating your carbon footprint, as his 30,000 dollar utility bills keep growing (including his heated pool room and pools), and thats just one house!.   He really believes in that global warming stuff don't he? But he'll appreciate it anyways……me…..I'm going to use my air conditioner, my lights, my elecrtric and gas items to enhance my life, I don't have 5 houses and  the bills that go with it, but I'll be damned if global warming f'rs, are going to guilt me into using less.  Because if Global warming elitests really believed it, they'd live like hermits and reduce their footprint to nil….but nah, they don't…..oh….lets make sure we get to those global warming seminars this year …..wonder how much electric power they suck up in airplanes, hotels, food prep, transportation…..yeah…I'm thinking those elitests ARENT eating salad grown in their backyard and drinking plain water……
    wake up people.

  15. All my outdoor lighting is solar. It's great. Goal Zero has lots of great solar products, including solar flashlights. I have a bunch of their things.

  16. Thanks for your great videos!  If you are going to the next step and put solar panels on your home, you may want to put them beside your home on the ground as opposed to on your roof.  It's good to measure the radiation and/or electromagnetic levels of each panel to make sure they are safe for you and your family.

  17. I enjoy your videos mr kholer, ive learn alot from your videos from last 2 years. i plan on starting my garden soon. I plan on growing greens cuase im a cheapskate and for my health.

  18. I love what you do and I wanna go solar too. Seems like an energy apocalypse will be coming. My dear old dad was into solar way ahead of his time. His place lights up like magic at night. Sorry about the rambling, there's some good comments below. Especially about getting a better return than money in the bank.

  19. Enjoy the show, support you efforts, but wanted to hear about the solar lights than the reasons offered to use solar in general.

  20. All I can think is those moths are going to go nuts. I put out my potted up plants at night and you would think I put out a bat signal.

  21. help!! i know this is a bit off topic, but my whole garden is growing beautifully, except one plant!!!! i am growing arugula, lettuces, radishes, basil, kale tomatoes, swiss chard, onions, beans, peas, spinach, cilantro, carrots and peppers. but for some odd reason my peppers are not even sprouting… all others are already 1-3 inches tall since June 29th. i used the same soil for all of them they are all int the same place get enough water. and my climate is tropical since i live on caribbean island Dominica, not republic of Dominica (different island…. the island, pirates of the Caribbean was shot on.) any who, i used regular soil since its so fertile here u can pick it up any where, even the carrots that prefer sandy soil are growing beautifully in this clay -ish soil. all my seeds came from the same packet from survival essentials (from amazon) and all of them are non GMO and Heirloom. but for some reason the peppers are pizzing me off. what should i do? complain to the company or are peppers not my thing????? oh and how do i plant garlic? that doesn't like to grow either… but I'm in no rush for those at the moment.

  22. A little info for you. The more darkness the better out in your garden because many types of moths that lay eggs on your plants can be attracted to your garden because of the lights. Dark is better !

  23. Great instructional video John, I went solar in the back garden about a year ago. I totally agree with the energy crisis.

  24. I really appreciate all you are doing. You have inspired my wife and I to the point where we now own the Slow Star from Tribest and have built a patio garden out of $1 pots from the dollar store about 10' deep and 8' diameter. We used  organic compost Cinnabar Valley's Ocean plus Earth 80L, coconut coir Beats Peat 1 package, Gaia green rock dust 22 lbs, Earth worm casting grown locally 15l, Vermiculite 20l, 

    We are having very good luck so far, some herbs are slow, but our cucumbers, leafy greens, tomatoes, butternut squash, kale, broccoli, purple cabbage, swiss chard and i few more lol

    We have a vermicompost going indoor to keep our soil topped up even.

    Our question; could you do some more basics of gardening?

     I haven't been able to find videos on how much water a day, I realize there are a number of factors but as a noob this could help. Also, pruning veggies, we enjoyed the one on tomatoes and cucumbers, what about other plants?

    We would love to see things on, how to germinate and the steps of when and why to transplant. Which containers, how deep, etc etc. With a upper wooden balchony about 25' long and 6' wide we want to do our best to feed ourselves.

    Also, we live in southern AB Canada, we plan on trying to grow all year around? Can you simply take a potted plant and bring it indoors during winter? We have a 6'x8' window, and three 2'x6 windows we want to place them in front of, would that work?

    Alot of questions, I know, but I'm just so excited about this and I can't wait to taste our first home organic juice!!!

  25. Good video, John.
    Many of those solar lights use rechargeable AA batteries, so  you can just replace the batteries when they fail, you don't necessarily have to buy a whole new light again.
    Also, keeping the solar panels clean helps with efficiency. They can get pretty grimy pretty quick.

  26. John, this was really great video.  Glad you stretched and gave all this info.  Also appreaciate your and caring to share with us while you while you installed.  YOU ROCK!

  27. That was good episode. I do a lit pathway for my great grandpa. He also likes to garden at night but it is also essential for slope gardening.

  28. John – solar power is awesome – I used to watch a friends house that was solar and it was really cool and HOT

  29. John, you should get some inexpensive cell phone screen protectors and stick them on the solar panels, which would prolong the life of the panel because you could just take off the plastic sheet when it gets brittle and replace it instead.

  30. one tip for you (my granny is a professional gardenist); White leds wont grow plants, there are special leds for plants which emit purple light.

  31. Has anyone seen a system like .Solar to battery.Battery to LED. LED to fiber optic. Fiber optic to Plants to extend growing time.

  32. how are these solar lights working out for you? the vegetables grow faster and bigger comparing to just being exposed to normal light during the day?

  33. I know that this is an older video, but I was wondering would the cord stretch enough to make these indoor growing lights? And is the on switch just using direct sun without charing, or do they still charge while in the on postions?

  34. Thank you for the video and for all the creative ideas you share to be more self reliant. I am a college student that can't afford raising my electricity bill but I have always believed that the green way/solar is the best way to go.

  35. china sucks–dont buy samsung stove,,,burners wont shut off,on low ,will all of sudden run away,,,burn house down,,,,manufacturer says nothing wrong,,,,,replaced all parts still too dangerous to use,,,,burners also fluctuate to regulate,,,energy burner and a half,,,peace of shit….1000.00 dollar peace of shit,did i mention ,its a real peace of shit

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