RM's barn, as lovely as it is, has one tiny thing missing - electricity and lights. For more than nine months out of the year, the sun rises and sets at a time that works with regular barn life. It is only during the months of December, January, and February that the limited daylight hours pose a problem for a lightless barn. Since I get two weeks off at Christmas, it's really only about a ten week period of time where the limited daylight hours become a pain.
RM runs a "green" barn. She recycles everything, including the manure pile, and does her best to minimize the footprint that we, and the horses, make. Knowing this, I decided to tackle the Flashlight Battery Conflict. Flashlights, especially the big ones, gobble up batteries faster than a kid with a Bigstick popsicle. I hate replacing flashlight batteries. And knowing that I am at the barn nightly, battery replacement was going to get costly.
I started poking around on the internet and discovered that flashlights can be solar-powered. Who knew? (Apparently many others since the styles I looked at had a LARGE amount of reviews.) I looked at several different brands, but based on customer feedback, I opted for the Solar Light 2 Pack on Amazon for $37.78. Click photos for larger view.
Flashlight Battery Conflict - resolved!