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I would like to illuminate the wooden cross in my church yard. The problem is it is across the parking lot and the yard from the building. Could a car battery be used?

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You could do that, but you will have to play around with the number of batteries needed. Think about how long you can leave your headlights on before you drain the battery. Compare that to how long you want to illuminate the cross.

First you will need to find a light that will run on the 12V battery. Then test to see how long it will last on a fully charged battery. Add batteries in parallel (+ to +, - to - ) to get the duration you need. Now don't forget, you will have to haul those batteries in every day and charge them. Running them dead every day is not good for them. A "three year battery" will not last three years with that kind of abuse.

But before you do that, call an electrician/landscaper/outside lighting expert to find out how much it will cost to have the wires run. Can they go around the parking lot? They can probably ram a conduit under things like a driveway or a sidewalk.

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Search for a solar spotlight

Ditto that............Or you could also outline the Cross with Mini LED's that use DC Volts and use a small solar panel (The kind you find at HD or Lowes to do landscape lighting) to charge up the batteries every day automaticly or you could do both

Minis and the spot might really look good

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Yes thats what I thought would work...I noticed that unit was rated for 5 watts as long as you stay in that range you should be good to go

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I was thinking more like a solar panel with floor light combo rather than just a solar panel that trickle charges a car battery. Google solar spotlight.

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