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by Heritage Hens @, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 10:45 (192 days ago)

I am wondering if any of our members have used solar lighting inside or outside of the barn.
I have not had time to look into it and currently I have enough electric outlets inside the barn to have spotlights above both entrances to the barn , as well as in three of the main rooms inside the barn.

Having the solar lights would save electricity and I believe cut down on risk of fire hazard. I think they get hot but of course are not connected to electricity. Probably hanging them away from the wall on plant pot hangers would keep heat away from the walls.

On my next trip to Home Depot I will look into it. I recently bought a new light fixture for my deck door which is our main entrance. It is an actual light fixture, not a motion light unit. The new LED indoor/outdoor bulbs that our Energy Department put on sale for $1 each for introduction, are so bright that a 75 watt bulb is almost too bright. Even on the lowest sensitivity, during the night the deer crossing in the yard set it off! So no human sneaking around the property is going to escape detection.

These would be great on the outside of the barn but require using up another electrical outlet.

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I use Solar Lights around my coop

by ZoeTX, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 19:06 (192 days ago) @ Heritage Hens

I have the small ones and they give off very limited lighting and they go out before dawn so they are not effective after about 4:00 a.m. I use them so that I can see around the edge of the pen if I go out to check the guineas after dark.

I don't know if larger ones would last longer.

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by ChrisCT, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 09:45 (191 days ago) @ Heritage Hens

I have a few of these around the property, stuck on both the coop and various outbulidings, and like them very much. Not sure about 4:00am, not been around to see ;-) but they are "passive infrared" so the deer may trip them on but moving branches & leaves won't.

They're extremely easy to put up but you are limited as to sunny areas (don't work well on the North side unless to can point the collector to the sun).

Use strategically...

by steve, Western Massachusetts, Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 10:26 (191 days ago) @ Heritage Hens

I think solar lights could be a good idea, but personally I recommend being careful with where you place them and when you use them outside:

Years ago, my flock got stuck on their way back to the coop, b/c they passed the motion detector lights over our garage door. They all stood around there as if they were waiting to be let in the coop. My understanding is guinea fowl will go towards light, and that in most cases are in the habit of a coop with a light on that they will go into at the end of the day.

So, I make sure all the lights are off in my yard until after the flock is in the coop for the night. I once had two lights on the outside of the coop - one over a people door and one over the bird door. Now, I just have the light inside the coop and one over the bird door outside. An hour before dusk, I turn both of those on. They act like "runway lights" for the birds to know where to wander back to (even if some get delayed and don't come in until after dark -- I have one or two of those, and they waddle back through the dark yard to the light over the bird door and go in).

After they're locked in for the night, I have the one over the people door on a timer to be on until I go to bed (so I can look out the window and quickly see if any strange visitors happen upon the coop). I also have flood lights the back of our house and the back of the coop where the pen is -- both on motion detectors. When tripped by motion, they light up the yard like it was an FBI raid, so much so I can even see a bit into the woods behind our houses and watch animals flee from surprise.

This just helped 2 days ago, when a straggler Guinea didn't come back, and at about 11 PM I saw the motion-detector yard light go on. I went outside and the bird was hanging around the front of the coop, and I got him back in.

Use strategically...

by ZoeTX, Thursday, May 18, 2017, 16:22 (190 days ago) @ steve

Good call Steve. I think that is very well planned out. I'm going to have to rethink some of my light placements. Thanks for the input.

Solar lights

by Heritage Hens @, Friday, May 26, 2017, 09:41 (182 days ago) @ ZoeTX

My four lights go on at dusk due to a Christmas tree timer and stay on for two or four hours, or what I want.
One on the inside of the two rooms they enter through two barn doors, and one spotlight over each doorway that light a path into the barn. They have worked well.

I think by adding a couple of them on the outside walls facing the house, I would be able to see if anything is lurking around.

My new deck light casts a wide glow over the whole yard but does not distract the guineas when its time to self-coop. It is bright enough that I can see clearly enough to shoot a predator that comes around at night.

Will check out EBay and some of the other places you have suggested. Thanks everyone for the info.

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