Last year I was lucky to come across an simple led light that runs off your camera power for your box for only £9.99 I am not very tech so led lights was always a no for me but when I found these that run off your camera it was perfect.
Very straight forward to use the led light runs off your camera power supply and it as a sensor on which you hang outside the box which turns the led lighting off when the sun is setting outside so the led lighting is only on during daytime brilliant for such a cheap thing.
Hi Paul, pleased to say my lighting has arrived, well actually yesterday but we were at work so missed delivery, and as per usual, no neighbours in when I need a parcel taken in . Anyway, they’re here now so hopefully weekend hubby will be up ladders & somehow try fit it! As you know I have 3 boxes but only 2 lights so it’s where to put the 2nd light , not that I get more than one nest at a time eh!!
Remember to make sure the sensor with the cap on is outside the box Elle as that turns it off at dusk. And make sure the cap is left open. I'd put them in your boxes with most interest Elle. Good luck getting them done this week x
With regard to the lighting bar from Greenfeathers, does the DC have to be 12V to have the light 'inline', as mentioned in their instructions, as my camera uses 8V DC on the box I was going to light up?
Yes needs to be 12v I believe to be inline. I don't think 8v will be big enough to power both the light and camera since it runs off the camera power. I think your camera quality would weakening alot. I mean you could email greenfeathers and ask but they do suggest to only inline with 12v cameras.
I recently made some new nest boxes, and one has a pair of obscure perspex windows, the other a 12 volt LED light. The picture clarity and colour during the day is more than acceptable with either but, I think the LED is more vivid.
The windowed box currently has an occupant but, early days with the lit box. The LED seems a great idea and apparaently doesn’t bother the birds?
Yes the led does help with better colour in the bird, It doesn't seem to bother the birds no, A good few members have led lights this season.
Hi Paul, thanks, that’s reassuring as I’ve not spoken to anybody else that used one. What I also like about the box with the LED is, when the daylight drops away, the IR sensor kicks in almost immediately but, with my other windowed box, the daylight fades but, the windows still allow some light in, and it makes for a very difficult to see screen, as the IR hasn’t kicked in. It’s not a big deal though, just something I’ve noticed
I have an old Boxwatchbox. For the lighting there is an illumination plate with a little bulb. Its enough but I can use more light. Is it possible to use and place the daytime ledlamp from greenfeathers in it ? Hope you can answer this ? Greetings Tom
If you want to use it running off the camera you'd need to make sure your camera is a 12V one, That was it can run off your camera power. If it can't run off your camera there is options to buy it with the power plug plus an extension cable you can click "Add Power Extension Cable" which will give you up to 20M more cable if you can't have it running off your camera power. I don't know much about boxwatch boxes to be honest.
Thanks Paul for answering. The box itself is 12V so thats ok. The box has 2 connection-points. One below (at the rear) the box with 3 plugs/sockets(audio.video,power) and 1 in the roof with 4(also 1 for the bulb or lightning). Between roof and nestroom there is a illuminationplate with a little bulb. In the plate is the connection with the power for the bulb. Best place for the led I think is on the plate. Only problem is , how to connect this to the connection-point. To make a hole or make some room on the side I guess if possible. I think I give it a trij Greetings Tom.
Hi Tom I connected these led lights to my Boxwatch boxes but I have new cameras in them that connect nicely. I found the connectors on the Boxwatch cameras were incompatible with the Led light. We have one box with the light in the underside of the plate and one on the side. The first option is easier if you need to remove or change the camera. I'll try and post a pic later. I liked the original little bulb lighting but again the connections made it difficult to use with the new cameras. Maybe someone with a little more expertise could change the connections but it was beyond me.🤣Hope this helps.
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