Reply
Go Back   TexasBowhunter.com Community Discussion Forums > Topics > Around the Campfire
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-31-2018, 02:13 PM   #1
saltwater
Ten Point
 
saltwater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Denton Texas
Hunt In: Hardeman county. Quanah
Default Need Good 12v photocells

Bought some off of amazon and I should of believed the reviews. Both are toast, but anyway, wanting to make some 12v hog lights, I have everything I need but need a recommendation on photocells. 12v, low amp. The ones I bought are off of amazon for 10.99 a piece. If youíve had good luck with some please chime in the brand or where to get them
saltwater is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 08-31-2018, 02:14 PM   #2
saltwater
Ten Point
 
saltwater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Denton Texas
Hunt In: Hardeman county. Quanah
Default





Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
saltwater is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-02-2018, 09:55 AM   #3
saltwater
Ten Point
 
saltwater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Denton Texas
Hunt In: Hardeman county. Quanah
Default

Nobody has any recommendations??
saltwater is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-02-2018, 10:55 AM   #4
TXhoghunter94
Ten Point
 
TXhoghunter94's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Montgomery, Tx
Hunt In: San Jacinto, Fayette, Leon, Real county TX
Default

Elusive wildlife has 10 amp ones and some other lower amp ones, they're more expensive but they work

Sent from my SM-N910V using Tapatalk
TXhoghunter94 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-04-2018, 11:14 AM   #5
saltwater
Ten Point
 
saltwater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Denton Texas
Hunt In: Hardeman county. Quanah
Default

Thanks
saltwater is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-04-2018, 04:57 PM   #6
gonehuntin68
Pope & Young
 
gonehuntin68's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Victoria, TX
Hunt In: Victoria county
Default

If you build it right you don't need a photo cell to operate dusk to dawn. Your solar charge controller can turn it on at dark and turn it off at daylight. If you don't have a solar charge controller and your running a solar panel you should get one and it doesn't cost any or much more then a 12V photo cell.
gonehuntin68 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-06-2018, 09:51 AM   #7
saltwater
Ten Point
 
saltwater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Denton Texas
Hunt In: Hardeman county. Quanah
Default

I have solar controllers, but donít know anything about it turning it off and on with daylight?
saltwater is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-06-2018, 09:52 AM   #8
saltwater
Ten Point
 
saltwater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Denton Texas
Hunt In: Hardeman county. Quanah
Default

Anyone else with recommendations? The ones from elusive are pricey.
saltwater is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-11-2018, 02:25 PM   #9
saltwater
Ten Point
 
saltwater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Denton Texas
Hunt In: Hardeman county. Quanah
Default

Ttt
saltwater is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-11-2018, 02:33 PM   #10
BlackHogDown
Ten Point
 
BlackHogDown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Location: NW Houston
Hunt In: Duval County, Livingston
Default

tagged
BlackHogDown is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-11-2018, 02:34 PM   #11
saltwater
Ten Point
 
saltwater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Denton Texas
Hunt In: Hardeman county. Quanah
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by gonehuntin68 View Post
If you build it right you don't need a photo cell to operate dusk to dawn. Your solar charge controller can turn it on at dark and turn it off at daylight. If you don't have a solar charge controller and your running a solar panel you should get one and it doesn't cost any or much more then a 12V photo cell.
I donít have those kind of controllers, mine are nonprogrammable on 24 hrs.
saltwater is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-11-2018, 02:36 PM   #12
91cavgt
Ten Point
 
91cavgt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Waco
Default

I bought a cheap controller in 2012 that has an output that I have connected to a small LED light. I use it as a night light in my garage. It automatically turns on at dusk and turns off at day break. I’ll see if I can find the model online and post it here.
91cavgt is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-11-2018, 02:40 PM   #13
powderburner
Eight Point
 
powderburner's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: SE Houston Friendswood
Hunt In: Zapata-San Ygnacio
Default

Precision Lumatrol
powderburner is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-11-2018, 02:47 PM   #14
91cavgt
Ten Point
 
91cavgt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Waco
Default

Here is one on Amazon;

https://www.amazon.com/HQST-Smart-Ch.../dp/B00FB3OPKM

It is more advanced than what mine is, but it is still pretty cheap.



After looking I can’t find the one that I bought. I guess it worked too good so they stopped making it.
91cavgt is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-11-2018, 10:54 PM   #15
saltwater
Ten Point
 
saltwater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Denton Texas
Hunt In: Hardeman county. Quanah
Default

Yeah I already have my controllers and those are more than I have invested in the entire project. Still looking for photocells.
saltwater is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-11-2018, 11:11 PM   #16
kenforu
Ten Point
 
kenforu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: conroe texas
Hunt In: Junction, Colorado, illinois
Default

Northern tools
kenforu is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-12-2018, 05:18 AM   #17
91cavgt
Ten Point
 
91cavgt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Waco
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by saltwater View Post
Yeah I already have my controllers and those are more than I have invested in the entire project. Still looking for photocells.
That controller is a photocell.
91cavgt is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-12-2018, 07:29 AM   #18
Instinct
Six Point
 
Instinct's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Little Elm,Texas
Hunt In: Breckenridge
Default

Try AliExpress
Instinct is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-12-2018, 09:18 AM   #19
Sparkles
Pope & Young
 
Sparkles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: McKinney
Hunt In: Young County
Default

Intermatic has good reliable 12v photocells


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Sparkles is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-12-2018, 10:00 AM   #20
gonehuntin68
Pope & Young
 
gonehuntin68's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Victoria, TX
Hunt In: Victoria county
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by 91cavgt View Post
That controller is a photocell.
No it's not. It works off the solar panel. When it stops reading more then about 6V from the solar panel it turns on the light. When it starts reading more then about 6V from the solar panel it turns off the light.

Here is one from ebay that is only $11.00 with free shipping. https://www.ebay.com/itm/PWM-Solar-C...-/142505969631
gonehuntin68 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-12-2018, 10:05 AM   #21
gonehuntin68
Pope & Young
 
gonehuntin68's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Victoria, TX
Hunt In: Victoria county
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by saltwater View Post
Yeah I already have my controllers and those are more than I have invested in the entire project. Still looking for photocells.
If $29.00 is more then you have in the entire project, it's not going to be much of a light unless you got your battery, solar panel and lights for free or at least the battery and solar panel for free.
gonehuntin68 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-12-2018, 11:07 AM   #22
saltwater
Ten Point
 
saltwater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Denton Texas
Hunt In: Hardeman county. Quanah
Default

Well, I appreciate your opinion on my build, but I did have all the stuff laying around from other projects, batteryís where 7 bucks each, ammo cans , free, solar panels, I bought a kit off of cl , with 3 for 50 bucks. I think the controllers where 10 bucks each off of amazon. I had the lights from anouther project. Iíll post it up when I find everything. Ive had other lights, reason I was making this one like this is so I could replace components, not throw away the entire light.
saltwater is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-12-2018, 11:10 AM   #23
saltwater
Ten Point
 
saltwater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Denton Texas
Hunt In: Hardeman county. Quanah
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Sparkles View Post
Intermatic has good reliable 12v photocells


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Thanks, donít see any 12 volt ones though. So wonít work with my build.
saltwater is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-12-2018, 11:58 AM   #24
Sparkles
Pope & Young
 
Sparkles's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: McKinney
Hunt In: Young County
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by saltwater View Post
Thanks, donít see any 12 volt ones though. So wonít work with my build.


Well dang
I swear they used to make a 12v
I looked at the intermatic site and didnít see it either


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Sparkles is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-12-2018, 05:37 PM   #25
gonehuntin68
Pope & Young
 
gonehuntin68's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Victoria, TX
Hunt In: Victoria county
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by saltwater View Post
Thanks, donít see any 12 volt ones though. So wonít work with my build.
I'm surprised your still looking for a photocell when the solar charge controller I listed above is $11.00. Your going to have a hard time finding a decent 12V photo cell for under $11.00 unless it's used. Not only will the solar charge controller operate your light from dusk to dawn, it will also allow you to set the number of hours it runs after it comes on at dark. This is really handy if your battery or solar panel are not big enough to handle it running all night every night and after seeing your using a $7.00 battery, I think your going to need it.
Heck I found another solar charge controller on ebay that is only $9.00 with free shipping but you will have to wait for it because it ships from China and shipping usually takes 15-30 days.

Some things to consider
Your battery should be big enough to run the light 3 straight nights without being charged.
Your solar panel should be big enough that it's capable of suppling 1.5 times the power on sunny day that your light will use in one night.
For example, if your light uses 400mA a hour you would multiply that by 12 to come up with 4.8A a night your light will use. That means your battery should be a 12V 15AH battery and your solar panel should be 20 watt. This way your light will run all night every night even if you have cloudy days. Also the more you drain the battery down each night the quicker you will have to replace it and this is another reason that bigger is better when talking about batteries and solar panels because in the long run it will save you money. You also have to take into account that your solar charge controller and/or photocell is going to use about 10 to 15mA a hour and when you multiply that by 24 that is a additional 240-360mA day your system is drawing.

If you know how many amps your light is drawing I can help you make it right. If you don't know how many AH your light is drawing, it's all going to be a hope and a prayer that it runs all night.
gonehuntin68 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-12-2018, 05:47 PM   #26
saltwater
Ten Point
 
saltwater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Denton Texas
Hunt In: Hardeman county. Quanah
Default

I ran the light for three days on just one battery, then when charging the battery back up, it showed it had only drained 5%. I will have two of those batteries on each light. 15 watt solar panels, I do not know the rate of the controllers I have. I will get more info so I can get a little help getting thru it. Thanks.
saltwater is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-13-2018, 03:57 PM   #27
gonehuntin68
Pope & Young
 
gonehuntin68's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Victoria, TX
Hunt In: Victoria county
Default

Do you have a link to the light your using, I can usually figure out about the amps it's using just from the led(s) they are using or from their specs.
gonehuntin68 is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-13-2018, 04:40 PM   #28
Mike D
Pope & Young
 
Mike D's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: North Texas
Hunt In: Haskell County, TX
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by saltwater View Post
I ran the light for three days on just one battery, then when charging the battery back up, it showed it had only drained 5%. I will have two of those batteries on each light. 15 watt solar panels, I do not know the rate of the controllers I have. I will get more info so I can get a little help getting thru it. Thanks.


Iíd like to know what lights youíre using too. I built a couple that used a 10 watt LED. It was plenty bright but a 16Ah battery struggled to make it through 1 night.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
Mike D is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-14-2018, 10:00 AM   #29
saltwater
Ten Point
 
saltwater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Denton Texas
Hunt In: Hardeman county. Quanah
Default

.


These are the lights Iím using, I bought several on clearance from academy. This one is very low draw, 40 ma. I was gonna use two strips per light, but they are brighter than I thought, so only using one to cut power consumption. Two deer feeder batteries, tied together, still twelve colts but I believe it doubles the amp hour rating, so 16ah.

Then the solar panels are out of the 45 watt kit from harbour freight. I found some on cl again yesterday for 35 dollars. The entire kit which is 3 panels and a controller, which I donít think Iíll use at all with this project.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
saltwater is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-14-2018, 10:01 AM   #30
saltwater
Ten Point
 
saltwater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Denton Texas
Hunt In: Hardeman county. Quanah
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike D View Post
Iíd like to know what lights youíre using too. I built a couple that used a 10 watt LED. It was plenty bright but a 16Ah battery struggled to make it through 1 night.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
Have pics of your setup??? Iíd like some ideas about hanging it.
saltwater is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-14-2018, 10:05 AM   #31
saltwater
Ten Point
 
saltwater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Denton Texas
Hunt In: Hardeman county. Quanah
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by gonehuntin68 View Post
Do you have a link to the light your using, I can usually figure out about the amps it's using just from the led(s) they are using or from their specs.
Lights are in my last post , looks like 40 mA
saltwater is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-14-2018, 10:11 AM   #32
saltwater
Ten Point
 
saltwater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Denton Texas
Hunt In: Hardeman county. Quanah
Default




Couple more pics of hardware. 50 cal ammo can, two 12volt deer feeder batteries. Iíll make a couple brackets and mount ammo can and solar panel low on my crank up feeder leg, then have a metal conduit running to the very top of it for the light. Iím thinking of using some unitstrut for the light mount, which I will have to buy. I am looking at the controller you recommended off of eBay. Looks very similar to one off of amazon thatís a couple bucks more, but a lot easier to return if necessary.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
saltwater is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-23-2018, 07:23 PM   #33
saltwater
Ten Point
 
saltwater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Denton Texas
Hunt In: Hardeman county. Quanah
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by gonehuntin68 View Post
If $29.00 is more then you have in the entire project, it's not going to be much of a light unless you got your battery, solar panel and lights for free or at least the battery and solar panel for free.
I couldnít find the amp draw from the controller, but the lights are only 40 ma a peice and Iím running two per feeder. With a 15 watt solar panel. Two 12 v 8 amp batteries. Hung it this weekend and per your advice ordered the controllers and work nicely. I found some off of amazon that looked good and ordered them up. Iíll post some pics of the finished product. Thanks guys for the help.
saltwater is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 09-23-2018, 07:24 PM   #34
saltwater
Ten Point
 
saltwater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Denton Texas
Hunt In: Hardeman county. Quanah
Default




Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
saltwater is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Old 11-11-2018, 10:52 PM   #35
saltwater
Ten Point
 
saltwater's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Denton Texas
Hunt In: Hardeman county. Quanah
Default

Theses have worked great, I did have a solar panel that went tts up already. But the solar controller didnít let the batteries run down to nothing, thanks for all the help, gonna make sitting at night for pigs a whole lot easier.


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
saltwater is offline   Reply With Quote Back To The Top
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:31 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Copyright 1999-2012, TexasBowhunter.com