Off-Grid Solar and
Page Topic: Lighting
The lighting within this building is comprised of 12v
power, not from the 110v
The lighting is 12v lighting from a 12v power source (batteries), which
advantages over 12v from 110v grid brought to you by a capitalist.
That grid electricity will consume more energy to
electricity to the voltage of your appliance, hence cost more to
operate than an item or appliance that uses DC directly connected to
the same voltage DC power source.
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. It
doesn't get any easier.
Not only are the lights themselves cheaper, but they last longer too!
With AC lights, what are your choices? Tubes or
bulbs. However with off-grid lighting you can not only
increase light where you need it without an expensive tube or bulb, but
you also eliminate the increased expense of being converted from 110v
(i.e. your present form or electricity).
sensors seen in these photos will permit battery
longevity by automatically turning the lights on and off
Each of the sensors activates only when motion is
sensed. Each of these sensors turn off the devices that
plug into them automatically after the time I set them (usually 3, 5,
or 10 minutes). If motion is still detected, the lights
remain on until motion ceases.
The plan for these
motion detectors was primarily part of a plan (planning my own
elderliness. I'm already in my mid-fifties). In the
plan I determined that humans generally will develop some mental
problems whether it be forgetfulness or just plain stupid.
I often consider the projects along
the lines that I will need to
automate some things. Shopping and delivery automated plans
from online sources (check), Hearing loss (check), cooking
If you're thinking of venturing off grid, the adjustment
traumatic as one might pre-suppose. The hardest part will
be standing before the judgment of others, those that rule us, and milk
us for everything we're worth.
Solar works forever. In fact, it only takes one member of a
family tree to make forever
electric power for generations to come (long after that member becomes
Solar panels aren't prone to fail (I've lost one
in over a decade....a tree had to fall on it).
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 for free.
About the only item you'll ever need to
replace in an off-grid power system are the batteries (every 5 or more
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 and you might not be
so easily forgotten after your death (as a nobody that just did like
everybody else in the grave).
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