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Topic: Lighting

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12v power, not from the 110v grid power.  
12v lighting from a 12v power source (batteries) offer numerous advantages to the end-user.

Using Grid electricity will consume more energy to convert the electricity to the voltages of your appliances due to the conversion hardware (usually a step-down transformer), hence more cost to operate than an item or appliance that is powered directly to the same voltage power source *unless power is required to travel long distances, mis-sizing wire, etc.

The power loss is due to the need for converting from 110v all the way down to (whatever your appliace or electronic device is rated for).

Lights are the easiest thing to take off grid.
Not only are the lights themselves cheaper, but they last longer too!

With AC lights, what are your choices?  Tubes or bulbs and the twisty crap.  

The motion sensors seen in these photos will permit battery longevity by automatically turning the lights on and off automatically. 

Each of the sensors activates only when motion is sensed.   Each of these sensors turn off the devices that plug into them.  If motion is still detected,  the lights remain on until the set time after motion ceases.


The plan for motion detectors was primarily in planning my own elderliness.  I'm already in my mid-fifties and its variable but humans generally will develop some mental problems whether it be forgetfulness or just plain stupid.  Aging will do that.

Venturing off grid is a definite adjustment, but isn't so traumatic as one might pre-suppose.    The hardest part will be standing before the judgment of others.

Solar works, and the panels that produce the electricity will probably outlive the writer and readers of this P.   It takes only one member of a family tree to make forever electric power for generations to come (long after that member becomes deceased).  

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Is off-grid electricty stable?
In a word, yes.
Since I generally work in a field of electronics, there's much that requires stable electricity.

Computers, lights, security cameras, freezer, dvr, server, modem/router, and more run free.   

About the only item you'll ever need to replace in an off-grid power system are the batteries (every 5 or more years).  If using inverters, add that to the list of failable items.
Contrast the investment with the yearly amount you will have thrown to an entity that may have "lobbyists" that bring bagfuls of money to "our" representatives (curtailing their better ethics, manipulating their decisions, and you have aided and abetted your own demise).

Choose to leave something behind on this earth that will outlive you and me,  you might not be so easily forgotten after your death as a nobody that did just like all the others forgotten in the graves.

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One definite adjustment when going offf-grid is the clock.

Invariably the weather, seasons, even the mating times of bugs affect an off-gridders daily chores.

For instance, in the heat of a summer day restricts cooking, oftentimes relegating to the wee hours to cook.  *If cooking with an indoor wood burner.

Cooking at the ungodly am hours alters sleep times as a result.

Another example are the more obvious plan-changers, such as rain, snow, or excessive wind.  The weather overall determines whether working indoors or outdoors.

Will stop back to add more to this P sometime later


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