Emergency Lighting System
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EMERGENCY LIGHTING SYSTEM
The Emergency Lighting System (ELS) was designed to provide a valued Prepper Link member with alighting system that can be remotely activated, that utilizes energy efcient lights, and provides a “base”solar power system. Additionally, the system was designed so the user can add more components overtime. When we designed the ELS, we took the concepts and lessons learned rom the$150 Solar Kit, putthe components and wiring methods into a dierent enclosure, and added additional capability. The resultis a modular emergency lighting system, which is turned on/o by a keyless entry remote type switch, ischarged by the sun, and can be easy expanded.
Why We Built the System
I we look only at casualties related to Hurricane Sandy,nearly 10 percent o the atalities were attributed toelderly individuals that had accidents (alling downstairwells, etc.) during the initial power outage. Theseatalities may have been avoided i they had access toemergency lighting, which was not dependent uponutility power.The system also posed a challenge; how do we make itin such a way that it can be turned on/o remotely, andhow do we make it on a budget?Lastly, we wanted to give back to the preparednesscommunity, and build something or one o our valuedPrepper Link amily members.
Components - ELS
The ELS utilizes most o the components rom the$150 Solar Kit project. We used a charge controller,power posts, and 12 volt outlets. We did not use thesmall 10 AH battery, and elected to purchase a largersolar panel. The only major thing we added was the12 volt DC on/o remote switch. Aesthetically, thesystem appears to be dierent. But, the ELS and$150 Solar Kit ollows the same wiring method (aswill most solar power systems). Additionally, by addingthe 12 volt DC on/o switch and an additional 12 voltoutlet, you could transorm the $150 Solar Kit into theELS. Here are the ELS components (does not includebattery):1 x Conduit/Combiner/Junction Box, 12” x 12” - $22(purchased rom our local Lowes)1 x
used in the other project would suce) - $142 x Power Posts (1 x
and 1 x
) - $161 x
, with tworemotes - $151 x
- $6.291 x
- $582 x
- $17.86Misc. Parts - Wire, use, terminals, screws, andbattery clamps (your preerence) - $20
Total Cost - $170
(does not include battery)The dierence in cost, when compared to the$150 solar project, is due to the larger solar panel,increased price or the 12 volt outlets, and the 12 voltDC on/o remote switch. Again, the price does notinclude a battery; you can use any 12 volt car batteryor this system. I use
batteries with mypersonal solar power system).
1. Charge Controller
- The Charge Controller has atwo pole connector which connects to the solar panel/s(solar panel input). The charge controller is also wireddirectly to the power posts (power output terminals).
2. Solar Panel
– The solar panel has a 10’ o cable(positive and negative), with one end running directly tothe solar panel and the other end spliced to a two poleconnector (which will plug into the Charge Controller 2pole connector).
– The battery cable, which consists opositive and negative eight gauge wires, connectsdirectly to the power posts. On the opposite end, weincluded optional battery clamp terminals. Ideally,you would want this cable securely mounted to yourbattery; the clamp terminals are the last option, butprovide the most plug-and-play fexibility.
4. 12 Volt DC on/o Switch
– The switch consists ove wires; two or positive/negative source, two orpositive/negative load, and one or the antenna (bluecable). The positive and negative cables or the sourceare connected to the power posts. The positive andnegative cables or the load are connected to the 12volt outlet (lights only outlet). We included this separateoutlet so that only the lights were powered on/o by theswitch. Additionally, the switch has a maximum load oeight amps, and since some devices may require morethan eight amps, we did not want to blow the switch. Toensure you do not exceed the eight amp maximum, youcould also install an inline use holder and a 7.5 amp,or less, use.
5. General Power 12 volt outlet
– This outlet is orgeneral power consumption, and is not limited by theswitch. We included an optional inline use or thisoutlet.
The Light System
Since this also unctions as an emergency lightingsystem, we provided 100’ o 18/2 gauge irrigation wire,so that the recipient could install the lights around hishome. For lights, we included two o the 2.1 watt LEDlight bulbs mounted in clamp lights that we discussedin the
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