Below is seen a deck in which a 100w 12v solar panel coupled with a 185ah battery create the lighting.
The Deck solar setup is somewhat unique.
There is only a solitary 100w panel rated at 12v that supplies the power to the battery which in turn supplies the power to the lights.
The Lights are dependent upon motion sensed by a motion-sensor switch.
The motion sensor can be set at a wide-range of operable duration once motion is activated.
However the motion-sensor switch that turns on the lights is also dependent on a device called a photo-sensor switch.
The photo-sensor switch is programmed to only work during the night-time, at which point the motion-sensor switches which become activated at night do not use any energy stored in the batteries until there is motion.
So, there are requisites that must be met in order for the lights to automatically turn on and off, one is dusk and will endure until dawn, and the other requisite is motion.
Below are photos of the deck project about half-way completed.
There will be three separate motion-sensors that will allow for lights to automatically turn on regardless of which night-time direction you might be moving.
With AC lights, what are your predominant choices?
Tubes or bulbs.
We need to do better than this because there is an end to the debt-trail.
If the system is not working, our Nation simply must push on to a better direction.
12v power, not from the 110v grid, is power!
The cost to operate an item or appliance that is powered directly to the same voltage power source, is miniscule compared to the complete loss of energy in the AC to any other voltage conversion process.
12v lighting from a 12v power source (batteries), offer numerous advantages to the end-user.
Grid electricity will consume more energy to convert their electricity to the voltages of your appliances, this is due to the conversion hardware (usually a step-down transformer).
DC is always more cost-effective.
Converting AC electricity to other voltages is costly, due partly in the additional cost of the transformer device itself.
The additional device is usually placed on every power cord (such as the brick located in the power wire of most laptops), or installed somewhere in the appliance itself (as in most fans, desktop computers, or radios).
Converting from 110v all the way down to (whatever your appliance or electronic device is rated for), is in of itself loss of energy.
On-Grid electricity is full of hidden surprises.
The monopoly bills show such ambiguous laundering words such as, "Customer Charge" and "Distribution related component" fee and "Recovery Charge" and "Bypassable Generation and Transmission related component" charge .... the departments that oversee the "public" utilities is more of a facade than a democratic reality.
With the complete breakdown of a democratic decision, what's left of our polity dares not audit the monopoly fees and charges lest they lose their "base" (to quote Bush Jr's Corporate Address referencing who was the base of the polity.
This being reminiscent of a long-standing archaic chasm of "The Business of Government, is Business).
What say ye of this business then Click to see the Non-successful Path?
The public simply is not permitted to be made aware enough to contemplate a plan to create a self-sustaining family-based power-source of their own.
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 not abused or neglected). If using inverters, add that to the list of fail-able 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.
One definite adjustment when going off-grid is the clock.
Invariably the weather, seasons, even the mating times of bugs affect an off-gridders daily chores.
In short, plan-changers such as rain, snow, or excessive wind can determine whether working indoors or outdoors.