small wind turbine for garden lighting?

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small wind turbine for garden lighting?

Postby lizzydiz88 » Sat Jun 27, 2015 8:43 pm

I'm not sure whether this idea is feasible, but I was wondering whether one of those small wind turbines used for boats and caravans would be suitable for a backyard to power some 12 volt garden leds? I've already tried solar garden leds, and found that they stop working within months. If the wind drops off, and the lights only work when it is blowing, that wouldn't be an issue.

If anyone has tried this sort of project, please share your experience.

PS my other goal is to upset TA by being "visually awful" :twisted:
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Re: small wind turbine for garden lighting?

Postby Gordon-Loomberah » Sat Jun 27, 2015 11:12 pm

It's unlikely to deliver much energy - you will get a LOT more energy per dollar if you buy PV panels rather than a small wind turbine. Those very small turbines often need 40km/hr or more wind to produce their rated power, in smooth wind. Turbulent wind as found in suburbia is far from ideal and reduces output.
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