I've been looking for a simple solar powered lighting system for a carport I just built. I bought these without realizing how small they are: 2 Pack Solar Lights Outdoor. Unfortunately they look pitifully small on my timber-frame carport. I've found some larger ones, but still not really large enough for my taste.
What I really would like to do is to buy large regular light figures such as 1-Light Matte Black Barn Light Pendant. Would prefer at least 4 of these lights, but maybe more.
Wire those in (and put in a light sensor). Then put in 12v bulbs with something like 12V E26 Light Bulb A19
And then finally hook up to a solar panel system. I have a 200W setup I put on another building, but it's got the full on charge controller and a VMax battery. I was hoping for something a little less complicated. Everything in the carport is exposed, so there's no place to hide the components either aesthetically or from the elements. And I didn't really want to spend that much money just for some simple lights.
I guess ideally I'd like a solar panel with charge controller and battery built in, that puts out 12v and that I could mount to the roofing if they make such a thing. I'm also thinking about a 12v solar battery charger and then in-line a lipo or lithium ion battery. Any suggestions beyond that?
Edit: For more info on carport
Here is what the carport looks like, minus the roofing: Link to carport Design.
I've been thinking some more about the problem and I think I could stick a small waterproof battery box (or toolbox) near the rear of the carport up on the tie beam next to the king post. For those wondering, the tie beam is the beam that runs from side to side. The king post is the one running from the middle of the tie beam up to the ridge beam (the uppermost beam that the rafters sit on). I think with the right size box I could put a small battery (I'm figuring 35Ah) and I have a leftover MPPT controller that I think I can put in the box as well. Then just get a 100w panel. That should solve my problems, but I'm still open to other ideas.