Hello All,
Inspired by your site, I purchased a HF 45W kit.

 

It is working fine to power my radio, lights and recharge batteries

I am using a 12v deep cycle marine battery and 750 w inverter

I have one panel so far.

I would like to extend the wiring of the included lights so I can properly light my barn.

I would appreciate advice on how to safely extend the wiring of the lights in the kits

Thanks everyone

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Thank you for the rapid replies

Unfortunately I do not have the technical experience to understand all of it.

After you splice the wires, how are they reconnected? Do you recommend a certain kit with the needed supplies.

Thanks for your patience!

You can use 18 Gauge wire. The Current draw is only 400ma maximum. I have one on 75 feet 18 gauge now problem.

Just make sure you get the +/- side right and you will be ok. Like Ghostrider I pick up some chep porclein lamp holders there easier to deal with. Plus I used switch boxes and real light switches.

 

Dale Hows it going. I have a splice question for you. My Second set of DM Panels are up. Issue is the closest run from panel to CC is 26 feet. I have 3 sets of 4 gauge jumper cables. 20 ft long. I have lots six gauge course stranded wire. Is splicing from 4gauge fine stranded to six gauge course stranded worth a shot. They system is 12 volts two DM 145 panels per combiner box. To a PMW controller.

any advice is appricated

Dave

either 2 will work at the length 

Tha

Here's me sounding like a broken record. Make a copy of this chart and put it up at your work station......

 

This chart shows wire distances for a 3% voltage drop or less. These distances are calculated for a 12 volt system. Multiply distances by 2 for a 24 volt system. Multiply distances by 4 for a 48 volt system.
NOTE : This chart is an approximate distance reference and is a little conservative. 

 

Amps    #12    #10     #8      #6      #4    #3     #2      #1   #1/0    #2/0

4           22.7   36.3   57.8   91.6   146   184   232    292    369    465   feet

6           15.2   24.2   38.6   61.1   97.4  122   155    195    246    310

8           11.4   18.2   28.9   45.8   73.1  91.8  116    146    184    233

10           9.1   14.5   23.1   36.7   58.4  73.5   92.8  117    148    186

12           7.6   12.1   19.3   30.6   48.7  61.2   77.3  97.4   123    155

14           6.5   10.4   16.5   26.2   41.7  52.5   66.3  83.5   105    133

16           5.7     9.1   14.5   22.9   36.5  45.9   58.0  73.0   92.0   116

18           5.1     8.1   12.9   20.4   32.5  40.8   51.6  64.9   81.9   103

20           4.6     7.3   11.6   18.3   29.2  36.7   46.4   58.4   73.8   93.1

25           3.6     5.8     9.3   14.7   23.4  29.4   37.1   46.8   59.1   74.5

30           3.1     4.8     7.7   12.2   19.5  24.5   30.9   38.9   49.2   62.1

35           2.6     4.2     6.6   10.5   16.7  20.9   26.5   33.4   42.2   53.2

40           2.3     3.6     5.8     9.2   14.6  18.4   23.2   29.2   36.9   46.5

Thanks so much!

Dale Hows it going. I have a splice question for you. My Second set of DM Panels are up. Issue is the closest run from panel to CC is 26 feet. I have 3 sets of 4 gauge jumper cables. 20 ft long. I have lots six gauge course stranded wire. Is splicing from 4gauge fine stranded to six gauge course stranded worth a shot. They system is 12 volts two DM 145 panels per combiner box. To a PMW controller.



any advice is appreciated



Dave

Dave, I do not know about interference.  BUT! I know a way to secure these together as to where they will never come apart even before the solder and heat shrink.

Here is a YouTube Video that shows a (IN-LINE) Splice with stranded gauge wire, then secured, then soldered, then heat shrink.  Worth taking a look as this is how I started doing splicing as it is incredibly strong, if not stronger that the actual wire itself after.  Take a look, let me know what you think about this way of splicing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t9nT3Hn9b0&feature=youtu.be

Geaux Solar!

Ryan

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