Monday, October 10, 2016

Another Beautiful Morning

Sunday - Another beautiful morning. Not a cloud in the sky and 23°F (-5°C) about an hour before sunrise. After the record rainfall this summer, we expected the moisture to continue and get dumped on with snow. But then again, it's still early in the season…

No challenges or engine failures makes for boring posts. Not much to write about.

Monday - The project of the day was replacing the old, flickering, dim fluorescent shop lights in the garage. There were 6 fixtures, each with two 40 watt T12 bulbs. Today, I replaced 3 of the fixtures. The LED replacement fixtures are 42 watts per fixture or about half of the power for a whole lot more light. The old fixtures were wired into the permanent wiring and the new ones were designed to plug into ceiling outlets. A quick trip to Lowe's got me all of the pieces needed to install quad outlets on the ceiling for the lights so they are still controlled by the wall switches.

Plus, we had a 10' track with 3 LED flood lights that used to be in one of the bedrooms. That now lives in the garage illuminating the workbench area. This is also plugged into my new ceiling mounted box. I'll replace the other 3 fixtures next month.


Bluekat said...

It's always funny how the pleasant rides leave us nothing to blog about. :) Ron also changed the lights in our garage. He didn't convert though, just replaced the old bulbs (tubes?)

RichardM said...

Thank you for commenting on the boring post. You're right, there seems like there's not much to blog about when everything's going good. How does that go, "It's not an adventure until something goes wrong. Until then, it's a trip".

David Masse said...

It will be interesting to see the overall impact on the power grid as more and more incandescent lighting switches over to LEDs.

Our new home had 20 plus potlights with PAR 16 halogen bulbs, and another 30 or so track lights with GU10 halogens.

All the potlights are now LED, the undercounter fluorescents are now LED, and the conversion continues.

I see that the local big box stores are selling more and more LED fixtures. It's the way of the future.

RichardM said...

If everyone switched to LED and used less electricity, then the utility companies will feel that they need to increase their rates to support their infrastructure in the manner in which they are accustomed to.

I still have some GU10 tracklights that are still halogen. I haven't found LEDs that fit. But the last time I tried was a few years ago.

Trobairitz said...

I am glad you haven't been inundated with snow yet. Temps seem chilly though.

We have a large storm headed our way up to 4 inches of rain expected. Sigh.

RichardM said...

Today's paper mentioned that the snow is now two weeks late and there isn't any in the ten day forecast. Even Barrow doesn't have any snow!